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The average property tax bill in Southborough will go up nearly $400 this year

November 3, 2011 11:08:58 AM

The tax bill for the average Southborough family is going to go up by $392 this year, a 4.9% increase over last year. In approving the tax rate Tuesday night, the Board of Selectmen said the increase reflects the will of Town Meeting.

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Would broadcasting Town Meeting on the web increase participation?

May 4, 2011 11:13:50 AM
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Only about 6% of you made it out to Trottier for Town Meeting this year. But what if the meeting had been broadcast live on the web? Would you have watched it? And what if you could not only watch the meeting live, but actually vote on articles from the comfort of your couch? Selectmen discussed just that possibility at their meeting last week.

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Town meeting attendance highest since 2005

April 20, 2011 10:52:07 AM

Town Meeting attendance was high this year – relatively speaking – with 413 residents filling the seats at Trottier the first night and 240 the second.

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POLL: Would a secret ballot change the way you vote at Town Meeting?

April 19, 2011 11:33:16 AM
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There has been much talk on the blog lately about the vocal contingent that showed up at Town Meeting last week to support the school budgets. One commenter likened the “in your face” attitude of some Town Meeting voters to bullying.

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Good question: Is what’s good for you good for all?

April 15, 2011 11:43:51 AM
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Many of us spent the last two nights making decisions that will impact residents of this town for the year to come and beyond. While Town Meeting turnout appeared to be on the high side relatively speaking, it remains the case that the few are making decisions for the many.

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Town Meeting approves volleyball court to be built at Neary

April 14, 2011 11:55:38 AM
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Southborough Boy Scout Adam Wolfset wants Neary school to be come “recreation central.” With a supportive vote at Town Meeting on Tuesday night, the sixteen-year-old is one step closer to achieving his goal.

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New governance study OK’d by Town Meeting

April 14, 2011 09:35:00 AM
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Town Meeting on Tuesday endorsed a citizen-backed plan that will move the town further down the path of restructuring our government.

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How much will the tax rate increase next year?

April 13, 2011 04:34:00 PM
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If you’ve been reading the blog these past two days — and if you were at Town Meeting — you already know that voters rejected nearly all attempts to further trim town budgets. What that means is your taxes are going to be higher next year, but how much higher?

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South Union School playground project approved by Town Meeting

April 13, 2011 10:36:10 AM
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Thanks to a decision by Town Meeting last night, Southborough kids will one day soon have a new place to play. In a close vote, residents approved spending $96K in Community Preservation Act funds to build a new playground at the South Union School, which houses the Recreation Department and Arts Center.

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Town Meeting opts for compromise in Southborough Eight reimbursement

April 13, 2011 08:02:44 AM

Reading the comments on this blog, you might have expected fireworks on the floor of Town Meeting when it came time to discuss the question of whether to reimburse town employees for legal fees incurred during the Southborough Eight investigation. That’s not how it turned out.

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Town Meeting day 2: A quick recap (reimbursement, playground, and more)

April 12, 2011 10:37:51 PM

‘ll write more in the morning, but for those of you who can’t wait until then, here are the highlights from day 2 of Twon Meeting.

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Selectman thanks voters, says work on reducing expenses must continue

April 12, 2011 04:41:47 PM
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In case you missed it, Selectman John Rooney posted a comment on this blog earlier today thanking voters for their participation at Town Meeting, while stressing that the work on town budgets must continue throughout the year.

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Town meeting Day 2: It’s not over yet, folks

April 12, 2011 01:51:22 PM
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When it comes to Town Meeting it’s not over until the last gavel sounds. (Wait, do they actually use a gavel at Town Meeting? I can’t say I’ve ever noticed, but let’s go with the metaphor anyway.) For voters that means just because you showed up last night, doesn’t mean you’re off the hook for tonight.

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St. Mark’s and Fay to donate two police cruisers

April 12, 2011 11:34:15 AM
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At Town Meeting last night, Selectman John Rooney passed along some good news. St. Mark’s School and Fay School have each agreed to donate a new police cruiser to the Southborough Police Department this year.

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