Wildwood $67 million Mega School faces crucial vote next week in Town Meeting
In a democratic society such as ours, when is a 50.38% majority of the vote not even close? When it requires 66.67% super majority.
Already the spinmeisters are saying Town Meeting will have to support the new $67 million Mega School because "the people have spoken," and if they don't critics will say they do not represent the town.
And archaic Town Meeting is currently in the cross hairs for extermination by the Charter Commission.
Okay fine, if Town Meeting votes next week EXACTLY as the town voted yesterday, with an extremely narrow mirror image 50.38% of the vote then the measure fails. Not even close.
In the past whenever a borrowing or zoning measure that requires a two-thirds vote only garners 50.38% of Town Meeting support it is pretty much considered an almost embarrassing loss.
Since newbie college student voters probably accounted for 30% of the total (14,695 voters or 66.27% overall turnout) many middle of the road Town Meeting members will be perfectly comfortable questioning their wisdom on this issue, which will impact year round homeowners for the next 25 years.
Finance Committee graph on Mega School Override impact