CTA To Circulate Petition To Overturn Morgan School Referendum Vote

"300 signatures are required to prompt a new referendum to overturn a previous referendum"


A message from the Clinton Taxpayers Association:

The Clinton Taxpayers Association (CTA) announces a petition initiative to overturn the referendum that passed for a new Morgan High School on April 11. 

Under provisions of Clinton’s Town Charter, 300 signatures are required to prompt a new referendum to overturn a previous referendum.  The precedent for this was set in 1991 when a referendum passed in the previous year to build a new school in Clinton was overturned in a subsequent referendum.

The referendum held on April 11, passed narrowly by 40 votes out of 4,076 votes cast and at a time when many seasonal residents were away. 

Pam Fritz, president of the CTA observed, “The CTA’s Morgan School Task Force carefully studied the Building Committee’s proposal for a new Morgan School and objectively determined that it was not in the best interest of Clinton taxpayers to spend this sum of money to replace the current building at this time.  We are grateful to the 2,018 voters who agreed with those findings and voted no on April 11. ” 

Pam Fritz continued, "The Clinton Town Charter provides for a petition to overturn a referendum.  This referendum was so closely contested at a time when many taxpayers had not returned for the season, that it warrants using this provision to assure a truly democratic result."

Len Fried, the Task Force Chair reported,  “While we would all like to see Clinton have a new school, it is not the most cost effective solution, and with the highest mill rate on the shoreline already, Clinton simply can’t afford it.”

Taxpayers who wish to sign the petition can request a circulator to come to them by making this request at:  www.gocta.org/Guestbook.php.

Kirk Carr May 01, 2012 at 03:41 PM
Ed and Scotty: Perhaps it is sinking in that there are real consequences to having the highest tax rate on the shoreline, though unintended. People who can't afford to stay have property values depressed so low they can't afford to leave either. High taxes depress property values, stunt grand list growth and impoverish taxpayers. Those who promised that a new school will present an opportunity for grand list growth and by its presence will increase property values will have miscalculated. Among those who voted "no" were parents and educators for whom peer preasure prevented all but the very brave from saying so publicly. The CTA's Morgan Task Force carefully weighed the pros and cons of a new school and by a 9 to 1 majority rejected the new school. See their presentation at: http://gocta.org/Morgan_Task_Force.html Their very thoughtful presentation was countered by fictions that a new school will avert certain disaccreditation, save $1 million in annual capital and maintenance expenses, earn state reimursement for which only renovating as new qualifies and will add $20 million to the grand list. All false.
Jay May 01, 2012 at 10:38 PM
" Over the last few months, Condelezza Rice has partnered with Joel Klein, the former chancellor of the New York City public school system, to draw attention to the crisis in American public education. They co-chaired a Council on Foreign Relations panel that examined the failure of public education as a threat to America’s national security. They found that 75 percent of American young adults do not qualify to serve in the military because they have criminal records, are physically unfit or — the biggest reason — have inadequate levels of education. One out of every four American students fails to get the high school diploma needed to join the military. This includes about half of the nation’s black and Hispanic students, who drop out of high school. Even more disturbing is the report’s finding that 30 percent of the young people graduating from America’s high schools don’t do well enough in math, science and English on the aptitude test to serve in the military." I wonder how many Clinton school children are eligible for military service to their country ?
glenn michaud May 09, 2012 at 05:50 PM
Has anyone even considered that the future of school buildings may be over very soon? Makes a lot of sense to me. Why spend all that money for something that may soon be obsolete? By that logic, we should not educate students using computers because they will someday be obsolete. Does that make sense to anyone?
Bart Brown May 19, 2012 at 01:23 AM
I hope they circulate it up my way, so I can tear it up and throw it in their faces. the usual Republican myopia -- let's worry about the nickel we can make today, and to hell with what happens down the road. I believe the late, great Godfather of Soul James Brown wrote the Republican rallying cry: "The way I like it Is the way it is -- I got mine, don't worry about his." Indeed, the Republicans have one, and ONLY one concern: their own wallets. Nothing else -- their childrens' education and future, their parents' health insurance, the plight of the poor, the REAL economy -- if a Republican's in the chips, he figures anyone who isn't is just lazy, and when he ISN'T in the chips, it's because somebody cheated him out of money he was going to steal from somebody else -- is the whole universe to the Modern-day Dixie-cans. This unholy marriage between the Segregationist Dixiecrats like John Stennis, George Wallace, Eugene Talmadge, and their ilk, and the modern Republican debris they've swept off the freight car floor to come up with SOME kind of candidate, has produced an amalgam FAR more noxious than the sum of the very worst of its component parts.
Bart Brown May 19, 2012 at 01:24 AM
Here's a test to tell if you're a Republican or not, and it makes no difference what religion you may be: Imagine you're Cain, deceitfully and arrogantly answering his father "Am I my brother's keeper?" is your personal answer the Old Testament "No, everybody has to look out for themselves," or is it Christ's answer: 'For I was hungry and you gave me food, and I was thirsty and you gave me drink. I was a stranger and you took me in. I was naked and you clothed me. I was sick, and you took care of me. I was in prison, and you came to me.' Then the righteous will say to him, 'Our Lord, When did we see you that you were hungry and we fed you, or that you were thirsty and we gave you drink? And when did we see you, that you were a stranger and we took you in, or that you were naked and we clothed you? And when did we see you sick or in a prison, and we came to you?' And The King answers and says to them, 'Amen, I say to you, as much as you have done to one of these my little brothers, you have done that to me. I believe the modern Republican answer, every time, is "I got mine, don't worry about his" "I like your Christ; he's so different from your Christians" Mahatma Gandhi


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