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Originally published by the Wakefield Daily Item, February 2012
How to Galvinize Wakefield
By Mark Sardella
February 23, 2012
The campaign to sell the town of Wakefield a new Galvin Middle School is
already gathering steam and is likely to continue unabated through the
May Annual Town Meeting and beyond.
It’s going to be a hard sell. With a $74,740,254, price tag, building a
brand new, state-of-the-art middle school is going to require the town
to pass a debt exclusion under Proposition 2½. That will mean a $175
bump on the average homeowner’s annual property tax bill.
But not to worry. I can offer some tried and true, surefire strategies
for “educating” taxpayers and convincing even the stingiest among them
to fork over more dough. Unlike building a new school, my advice is free
– and I trust you’ll find it worth every penny. . . .