Opinion: At This Crossroads, Why School Funding Matters

Photo: Why school funding is critical now By Stephanie J. Crement I have been a public-school educator for the past 22 years and currently work as a middle school special educator. I have two children at Butler Elementary School, where I believe they have received and continue to receive an excellent education. However, we are now […]

It Won’t Be Pretty: Consequences Of A Failed Override Prompts Select Board To Endorse Its Passage

Photo: The date: April 6, 2021. The time: 9(-ish) p.m. The location: Belmont Town Hall. Town Clerk Ellen Cushman strolls out from her office to read the results of the annual Town Election. After going through the races for elected positions, she comes to what residents have been waiting for – the decision on the […]

How Much Will The Override Add To Your Tax Bill? Belmont Has A Calculator For That

Photo: The town has created a calculator to determine your taxes with a successful override. (Credit: Wikipedia) One of the burning questions that many homeowners have with the proposed $6.4 million Proposition 2 1/2 override is “how much will it cost me?” The first estimate from town officials gave a general idea of the price […]

Select Board Approves Placing $6.4M Override On April’s Town Election Ballot

Photo: An override will be on the April 6 town election ballot. The Belmont Select Board unanimously accepted the Financial Task Force’s recommendation to place a $6.4 million Proposition 2 1/2 override on the April 6, 2021, town election ballot. While the vote comes in the midst of a year long pandemic which has wounded […]

Record Free Cash Level Likely To Lower Override Dollar Ask

Photo: Free cash isn’t free The holidays came two months early to Belmont Town Hall as the Massachusetts Department of Revenue certified the town’s fiscal year 2020 free cash account – officially known as the Unreserved Fund Balance – at $11,239,464, a record high level for the budget line. “The free cash amount this year […]

Override Postponed To April After State Surprise Town With $3.3M And Lots Of Uncertainties

Photo: November override rescinded In a dramatic 180 degrees turn, the Belmont Select Board voted Tuesday morning, Aug. 4 to rescind the Nov. 3 Proposition 2 1/2 override vote it approved last week in response to a surprise announcement last week from the state that it will likely provide level-funded local aid in the current […]

Select Board Approves $12.5M Prop 2 1/2 Override On Nov. 3 Ballot

Photo: In the midst of a continuing pandemic and an economic recession, the Belmont Select Board approved placing a $12.5 million Proposition 2 1/2 override on the Nov. 3 Presidential Election ballot. “I do believe this is one of the most significant votes that Belmont will certainly take in its history as it relates to […]

‘A Big Ask’: Town To Seek $12M-$14M Prop 2 1/2 Override Likely In November

Photo: Tom Caputo, chair of the Financial Task Force 2. With town finances at the precipice of a financial black hole coming this time next year, the Belmont Select Board will ask voters to pass the largest Proposition 2 1/2 override in the town’s history of between $12 to $14 million. “It’s a big ask,” […]

Boost In Free Cash Likely To See Belmont Avoid A Spring Override Vote

Photo: The money is rolling into town’s free cash coffers (Wikimedia Commons, the free media repository) Belmont Treasurer Floyd Carmen is fond of repeating a cautionary catchphrase when speaking about the town’s unrestricted fund account. “Free cash isn’t free,” says Carmen. While it may not be free, by bringing in a robust $8.1 million in […]

Belmont Voters Support Prop 2 1/2 Override to Decisive Victory [Update]

Photo: Ellen Schrieber, a co-chair of the Yes for Belmont committee. Endorsing a recommendation to stabilize school funding and help fund road repairs, Belmont voters came out in big numbers to support a $4.5 million Proposition 2 1/2 override during the annual Town Election on Tuesday, April 7. With a little more than half of […]