Board opposes Question 1
Shrewsbury - The Shrewsbury Board of Selectmen has voted in favor of publicly opposing ballot Question 1, which would eliminate state income tax over a two-year period.
The measure passed, 4-1, at the board's Oct. 27 meeting, with the single dissenting vote coming from Selectman Benjamin Tartaglia.
"By voting it down, we're saying to the Legislature that it's business as usual and keep doing what you're doing and I think that would be disastrous," Tartaglia said. "Voting yes, you're going to force the Legislature to think about how it raises money and how it spends it … and it's the only way to turn the state around."
Selectmen John Lebeaux, Maurice DePalo, James McCaff rey and Moira Miller all spoke against the measure, which they said would cut the state's operating budget by $12.5 billion, about 40 percent, without off ering any alternative spending plan to allow for continued services.
"Question 1 is typical of people who want to blow something up, cause a commotion, but don't really want to be part of the solution," DePalo said. "The numbers are huge. This is serious and I don't think the impact of this should be minimized."
Miller questioned how the state would be able to survive a cut of the magnitude that Question 1 calls for.
"If you eliminated the state's 680,000 employees, it would still only make up half of the loss from the income tax cut," she said.
Town Manager Daniel Morgado agreed with the majority of the board, saying voting yes with no funding alternative would be reckless.
update Board of Health predictions were correct: after just two months of implementation, fee-based trash removal has decreased the town's solid waste by nearly 50 percent.
In a presentation before the Board of Selectmen Oct. 27, Health Department Director Nancy Allen said the town delivered 566 tons of solid waste to Wheelabrator Inc. in August 2008, as compared to an average 994 tons in August for five years prior to pay-asyou throw.
"People stop me in the supermarket or in Town Hall and say, 'It wasn't a bad idea, we're doing okay and we're not having to buy as many bags as we thought,'" Allen said. "We're not getting complaints."
While trash disposal is down about 45 percent, recycling has increased by only 29 percent. Allen said she believes it's because people are reusing more as opposed to just recycling.
"People are giving things away, making more charitable donations, making better use of clothing bins around town and being more discerning about the packaging that comes with their purchases," she said.
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