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Tuesday, November 06, 2007

The Remaining Three Hundred

A friend of mine in the State House sent this to me - it went out via email to all state workers -

Dear Colleague,
The last few weeks have been some very exciting times for Massachusetts. Today I want to remind you about another exciting event that’s just around the corner.
Local elections are next Tuesday, November 6th. I encourage you to cast your ballot. Local officials make critical decisions about your roads, your schools and your police officers and fire fighters. Showing up and participating on Tuesday the 6th is just as important as showing up for any election for president, congress or governor. Get your neighbors to participate as well.
Polls are open from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. If you don’t know your polling location or need any other information on voting or your local officials, please visit
Thank you ,

Of course, the 'important' areas - at least to Deval - held municipal election on Nov. 6 (on Cape, only dysfunctional Barnstable). But it's worth noting that FOUR-FIFTHS of the communities in the state did NOT hold municipal elections.

What is going on in the 'remaindered' areas?

Well, down on Cape, a man who had his wind deductible raised by the FAIR Plan from $500 to $5,000 had his roof hit by a tree - and effectively has no coverage.

In Sturbridge, they learned that the cost of the new wastewater treatment plant has shot from $10 million to $18 million in just two years' time, and will have to find the money for it at town meeting next April.

In Hanover, they learned that the average property tax bill will be going up about $50 next year to about $1,500.

Perhaps it's time for Gov. Patrick to take another field trip to the hinterlands - the quaint places where they don't hold municipal elections on Boston's election day. It's only most of the state, after all.



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