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Sunderland cuts services

The article “Sunderland cuts services after failed override vote,” by Ben Storrow, appeared in The Recorder today. It does not yet appear to be online.

The article summarizes what services were cut and rearranged by the town.

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Sunderland override poetry

I’m wondering what people think of this little sign I found (yes late and after the override vote). What does it mean? What was the author trying to convey besides rejection of Sunderland’s proposed override?

Poetry or propaganda against the Sunderland override

Poetry or propaganda against the Sunderland override

 

An article regarding cuts the Sunderland Elementary School is facing appeared in The Recorder today. I can’t seem to find it online, but I will link to it if it gets posted.

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Sunderland override: Men Behind Signs

I went to the polls today and voted. Then, I interviewed two men who have some serious signage.

Sorry about the delayed upload; technology – can’t with or without it.

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Sunderland: More Yes and No

It might be a good idea to check out the specimen ballot before voting tomorrow.

 

Sunderlands July 18, 2009 specimen ballot

Sunderland's July 18, 2009 specimen ballot

 

 

Here are the latest comments:

 

 

Mikes response to Pam

*Mike's response to Pam

 

Comments via Facebook:

An article about the override appeared in The Republican, twice, and in The Recorder.

 

 

*Updated in this post was Mike’s response to Pam.

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Sunderland: A whole lot of ‘Yes’

Despite being laid off, Carol Devine supports the override

 

Carol Devine supports the override

Carol Devine supports the override

Concerned Citizens of Sunderland

Some Sunderland residents may have received a flyer in the mail supporting the override. The flyer was paid for by the concerned Citizens of Sunderland.

 

Sunderland Override Fact Sheet (1 of 2)

"Sunderland Override Fact Sheet" (1 of 2)

 

Sunderland Override Fact Sheet (2 of 2)

"Sunderland Override Fact Sheet" (2 of 2)

 

Poster supporting the override

Poster supporting the override

For more information, contact David Pierce at yes4sunderland@gmail.com.

 

Stay tuned. There may be more posted on the override if I see anything.


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Sunderland’s signage continues

Sunderland is still dueling till the battle of taxes and cuts, as mentioned in yesterday’s post and video.

 

On “NO”

Finally, however, here is someone who left a comment against the override, and perhaps part of the “NO” signage.

Count it even

 

Background on the very unscientific poll

I road a bicycle around Sunderland taking pictures of the persuasive signage regarding Saturday’s vote to cut services or raise taxes.

I took pictures of every sign, whether it was in support of or against the override, I saw on my little route. I may have missed some signs, but I did my best to take pictures of them equally as they appeared.

 

Signage route

  • North on Route 116
  • North onto Route 47, turn around, head south
  • Left onto Old Amherst Road
  • Right onto Russell Street
  • Left onto Plumtree Road
  • Left onto South Silver Lane, turn around
  • Left onto Plumtree Road
  • End at 116

 

If you missed it

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Sunderland’s vote to raise taxes or make cuts

Sunderland, Mass. is a bedroom community for University of Massachusetts Amherst students and a small town filled with farmers, crunchies, old people, families with young children, red-necks, and those devoted to town politics.

Like other communities, Sunderland is being faced with less money from the state and the decision to raise taxes or cut services.

According to The Greenfield Recorder, this is the first time a vote like this has occurred in 15 years.

Some residents may have received a detailed flier in the mail pushing for an override. Supporters of the override make the case for appropriate funding for the school, trash pick-up, police, and library services. 

If the increase does not go through, people will have to arrange for their own disposal of trash, teachers and school programs will be cut, police services will be reduced, and free library services will no longer be free or available.

I haven’t come across any arguments for why the override should be voted against, except that it is “too much” money.

WWLP reports the override is gaining support.

The override vote was also mentioned in the Sunderland Elementary School Sentinel.

None-the-less, both sides are putting up a good fight in the signage department. So check out the very unscientific poll I have compiled.

Registered voters can cast their ballot on July 18, 2009 at the Sunderland Elementary School. Here’s a specimen ballot. On Sunderland’s Web site, there is a chart showing the impact of the tax override.

 

*Make sure to check out some relating posts. Sunderland Comments: Yes, No. Sunderland’s signage continues. Sunderland: A whole lot of ‘Yes’. Sunderland: More Yes and No. Sunderland Override: Men Behind Signs.

 

*Bolded is an update in this post as of July 18, 2009.

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