UPDATE: See 7/18 blog post about a critical error in the draft wording of the question.
The Select Board will be meeting on July 18, 6:30 pm, in the Amherst Town Hall (Town Room) to approve placing the ($65 million) debt override on the fall ballot. The agenda is here:
http://www.amherstma.gov/DocumentCenter/View/35439 (timed agenda is here: http://www.amherstma.gov/DocumentCenter/View/35438 )
Note — Town Counsel has drafted the language. They will then set the date for Town Meeting for AFTER the election.
Here is the motion (available at http://www.amherstma.gov/DocumentCenter/View/35440 )
d. MOVE to place a Proposition 2 ½ debt exclusion question on the November 8, 2016 State Election ballot for Amherst voters which reads:
Shall the Town of Amherst be allowed to exempt from the provisions of Proposition two-and-one-half, so called, the amounts required to pay for the bonds issued in order to construct, originally equip and furnish a consolidated Wildwood Elementary School and Fort River Elementary School in one building serving grades 2- 6 on the existing Wildwood Elementary School site, including the cost of architectural design, project management and other incidental and related costs, as well as demolition of the existing building and other necessary site improvements? Yes No
Notice that the total amount is not included in the question.
d. Wildwood School Project Brewer The School Building Committee will be present to give the Select Board an update on the project. Town Counsel has drafted the language of a ballot question (which is exactly the same language of a warrant article) to place a debt exclusion on the ballot. If the Select Board wants the matter on the November federal ballot, the Select Board must approve the question and submit it to the Secretary of State’s office by August 1, 2016. The advantages of placing this question on the November ballot is that it saves $20,000 in holding a special election, and the voter turnout at the November federal election will be the highest that will be possible. Action recommended: under item ii, move to place the following question on the November 8 2016 State election.
i. School Building Committee Update
ii. Debt Exclusion Ballot Question
e. Establish Special Town Meeting Date – Fall 2016 Brewer Following a decision relative to the debt exclusion for the Wildwood School project, the Select Board needs to establish the date for the fall Town Meeting. Assuming that the Select Board wants to have the Town Meeting following the election, November 14 would be the first Monday after the election. Action recommended: Move to establish Monday, November 14, at 7:00 PM at Amherst Regional Middle School for the fall 2016 Special Town Meeting with additional dates