Hello, and thanks for stopping by. We've set up this blog to argue against an override in Fitchburg and to make it clear to our public officials that they need to make better decisions in the future.
To recap: the mayor and City Council created a budget that was not balanced, with the expectation that the Legislature would fill in the gap. That hasn't happened, and now there's talk of an override, which would increase our property taxes.
We think that's a bad idea, mostly because Mayor Dan Mylott and the council created a bad budget. We are also displeased by the fact that the word "override" was missing from this year's mayor and council campaigns, only to begin popping up a week after officials were elected.
We wanted to wait a little while before we started our effort, but the police chief has already advocated for the override, and it appears the teachers' union isn't too far behind. We want the residents' voice to be heard.
A little about us. We live in Upper Cleghorn and have lived here for two years. We have two very young children. We want to make sure Fitchburg is well-run and officials are held accountable for their decisions.
What would we like to do at this blog?
Link to stories and other information regarding the override. We might be a day or two behind the papers, but we're going to put up everything we can to give people information.
We're going to comment on the news and the situation, hopefully acting as something of a voice of the people. We view this effort as a public information campaign, not a negative, bashing rampage. We'll try to make sure this effort helps the public and is full of information, but it is also definitely a campaign, and we're going to try to sway some minds when necessary.
We're going to try to reach as many public officials as possible, giving them a forum to tell citizens their viewpoint on the issue.
Most importantly, we're going to try to let officials know Fitchburg residents are opposed to this override. We want to hear from you. We won't publicly name you, but we'd like to know your thoughts, and add up some big numbers in support of our effort. Feel free to e-mail us (click here
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Thanks for visiting, come back often, and help us Save Fitchburg.