'Twill be a cold day in Hell when a Referendum vote overrides Town Meeting
What are the odds of Amherst voters supporting a measure that would increase their already extraordinary high property taxes by another few hundred dollars per year on a controversial building project now needing a two-thirds super majority?
About as likely as the Patriots last quarter comeback from a 28-3 deficit.
About 1,700 signatures submitted to Town Clerk yesterday vs 7,000 who voted no on November 8th
But Mega School supporters do not have a Tom Brady leading their team. In fact main wine-&-cheese cheerleader School Committee Chair Katherine Appy has already announced she will not be running for reelection.
Crowd of about 50 (less than 1% of town voters) turned out last night for SC meeting
Her going away present was getting the School Committee to vote last night 4-1 against withdrawing the Mega School project from the MSBA process which now kills the prospects of reapplying this year with a Statement Of Interest to get back in the pipeline for a new improved project with real majority support.
The only thing that ever wins in Amherst by a two-thirds margin is a Democrat for President running against the Devil, err, Republican and perhaps a pot resolution. In fact no Override ballot question over the past 30 years has passed (and about half have failed) by a two-thirds margin.
Now the rancor will continue until March 28th and in the end it will all be in vain. Town officials fiddle while Amherst burns.