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Town Meeting starts tonight

May 7, 2012

Updated 12:27 p.m.

Spring Town Meeting starts tonight at 7:30 p.m. at the high school, but will more likely start around 7:40 and won’t even get around to discussion of the articles on the warrant until at least 8:00. Town Meeting Representatives do not like to be rushed and have a habit of starting late. By the time various politicians stop giving speeches at the beginning of the meeting (including an override presentation by school officials), it will be around 8:00 p.m. or probably later. Members of the public may attend and may speak but may not vote and must sit in the back portion of the auditorium. It will also be aired live on WCTV Comcast Channel 22 and Verizon Channel 30.

Walpole Pride, the pro-override PAC, will be outside the high school before Town Meeting holding signs.

On the warrant tonight: Article 6 for a behemothic town spending plan (we can’t call it “a budget” because that implies that it actually encourages reasonable spending within a set amount of revenue) of over $68 million, Article 12 for a new union contract that puts the town on unsustainable financial footing, Article 14 for a Capital Budget that is chock full of wasteful spending, Article 24 for a short-sighted plan to sell off the old library land, and Article 29 for a new blight bylaw that increases the size and reach of government. All have been unanimously (except Article 12) endorsed by our Board of Selectmen and Finance Committee and are expected to clear the Town Meeting floor easily. Isn’t that wonderful…

180 will have live tweets of tonight’s Spring Town Meeting at this link so you can follow along.

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