At Sandown’s annual Town Deliberative yesterday, Tony Piemonte’s Citizen’s Petition went to the ballot unchallenged by amendments. The petition asks the school board to form a committee to conduct a study to gather the facts and costs of what would be involved in separating from the Timberlane Regional School District.
The same smooth sailing did not occur at Atkinson’s Deliberative session where an identical petition warrant article was before voters. The Moderator made clear in the public discussion that he thought the language of the article was so closely in line with the wording of its associated RSA that it could not be changed. Mr. Grosky and Mr. Sapia spoke against the article which went to ballot as written.
A previous version of this posting said: “My source tells me that Jason Grosky made strenuous efforts to propose an amendment but was unsuccessful. Mr. Grosky denies this version of events. (See comments section.)” After reviewing the Vimeo recording of the Atkinson Deliberative, I owe an apology to Mr. Grosky. He spoke against the separation study warrant article but he did not attempt to amend it.
PLAN TO ATTEND TIMBERLANE’S DELIBERATIVE ON THURSDAY NIGHT
Timberlane’s school Deliberative session is going to be a rollicking one this year with more than 1000 people expected. Arthur Green will be proposing a cut to the bottom line of the budget and forces pro and con are rallying their troops for a showdown that will be won by sheer numbers.
The issue is more pressing for those in favor of cutting the budget because if they don’t prevail at Deliberative, they will have no choice at the ballot in March because the default budget is higher than the proposed budget offered by the district. Those who want to protect the district’s budget have a choice of giving them what they want or even more, which hardly seems a fair choice for voters.
This is a contest of numbers. It is also a test of democracy. Plan to arrive well ahead of time to register to vote before the session starts at 7 pm . Try to car pool if you can. Doors to the high school gym open at 6 pm.
If you stay home, your school taxes are almost certain to go up. If you attend, you have a good chance of getting a lower budget on the ballot in March.