Wednesday July 3, 2013
Now that a Proposition 2and half override was approved by Northampton voters, the School Committee has moved forward with it’s budget process. Yesterday, the comittee approved a $985,000 spending plan that will preserve some of the services that would have been on the chopping block without the override: including busing to the high school, an assistant principal at the high school and several teaching positions. The override money will also stave off cuts to arts programs in Northampton.
The vote is over but the divide over the property tax override in Northampton continues. At last week’s city council meeting, councilor Gene Tacy called out override supporter and fellow councilor Pamela Schwartz for her victory pose shown in a Gazette picture the day after the election. Tacy tells the WHMP morning news with Bob Flaherty the photo makes the so-called “Noho” verses “Hamp” divide in the city absolute but he says there’s a way to avoid future override division by implementing protections for low-income residents. He plans to call for adoption of a homeland petition in the event of another override. Schwartz has called Tacy’s comments shocking and adds, there’s no animosity between override supporters and opponents.