Somerville Alderman Tony Lafuente:Yes on 5

As many of you know, there will be a Prop 2 1/2 Override on November’s ballot to fund a new High School. The new High School will cost $256 million to build.
Question 5 will seek voter’s approval for a debt exclusion that will raise the $136 million the city will pay towards the new High School. The state will contribute a further $120 million. Though we will see higher taxes to pay for our share of building the new High School, the plan keeps borrowing costs low and spreads the tax increases slowly over the next 11 years. Once the school is paid for, the your tax will revert to the original rate. Click here and here to see charts for more detail on this.
I’ll be voting YES On Question 5, and I urge you to as well. Here’s some reasons why:

Somerville High School is at risk of losing accreditation if the condition of the building is not addressed.

The State will share the cost of building the new School to the tune of $120 million.

It is more cost-effective to build a new High School than refurbish the existing school.

Somerville’s children deserve facilities that will help prepare them for adult life and for the workforce.
As chair of the Finance Committee, I’ve been careful to keep spending under control and have fought the administration on spending that doesn’t make sense, but this is money well spent. 
The plan offered by our School Committee and the administration is solid, and a first-class city like Somerville deserves a first-class High School. 
Please join me in voting YES on Question 5.
If you have any questions, comments, or ideas, please hit reply.
Tony Lafuente

Ward 4 Alderman

Tony Lafuente

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