This site aims to inform and mobilize Beverly parents to take an active role in all issues related to the funding and operation of the city's schools. It was launched in the spring of 2008, when the city saw its first-ever override attempt fail, followed by the closure of a nearly-new elementary school. Subsequent years have seen further cuts that have led to larger class sizes across the district. While the opening of an impressive new high school and plans to replace the city's aging middle school give us reason to be optimistic, the school community must be ever vigilant in demanding appropriate school funding by city and state governments, and better community communications from the district and School Committee.

Monday, May 26, 2008

Override Fact of the Day: Beverly's Tax Rate

So how does Beverly's tax rate compare?

At $10.40/thousand, Beverly’s tax rates are lower than Swampscott ($13.63), Hamilton ($13.39), Wenham ($12.92), Topsfield ($12.02), Salem ($11.67), Lynn ($10.98), Essex ($10.75), and many other local communities. It is equal to Danvers ($10.40).

Should the override pass, it will be the first time since the law went into effect 25 years ago that Beverly has increased revenues for operations by more than the Proposition 2½ cap. It is also the first time residents have been asked to vote on an override.

Two-thirds of Massachusetts towns have already approved operational overrides, some multiple times.

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