Our own Sam Crane gets some nice press in an article about today’s Proposition 2 1/2 override vote in Williamstown.

“We’d have an awful lot to lose if it did not pass,” said George T. “Sam” Crane, a Williams College political science professor heading the pro-override organization Together For Williamstown.

For example, Crane cited a cut of $46,000, or a quarter of its operating budget, from the Williamstown Youth Center, six teaching positions to be cut at Mount Greylock Regional High School, and a sixth-grade teacher and special education teacher from the elementary school roster.

“It would be a disaster,” he said. “We have an incredible amount to lose if the override fails to pass.”

He acknowledged that this year, “It’s a little grimmer in that we do have to do it again.” But, he said, “We’re finding support.”

For those who like local politics, there is a lot of fun material in the article.

One opponent said he did not want his name used for fear of repercussions his children might face at school. It is, he said, time to draw the line and stop what he called “enabling behavior.”

“They [the school committees, especially Mount Greylock] will absolutely continue to budget over the 2 1/2 limit until the townspeople say no,” he said. “I’ve actually had people come to me asking how to explain their opposition to those wanting them to jump on the override bandwagon. I’ve had people say if overrides continue, in the not distant future, they’ll have to move out of town.”

He added, “I’m hearing a lot more voices this year against the override. As long as voters continue to throw money at them like drunken sailors, spending money is the easiest way to make everybody happy. It becomes our responsibility to say no, and they have to figure out how to do it. I’d like to give them a chance by saying no for a change. If the town votes the override, we get what we deserve. I think voting for the override or giving to the GAP fund is enabling behavior.”

I would love to see more details on the Mt. Greylock Regional High School budget. I realize that we have explored this topic in the past, but I am still suspicious. How could you not be when the the president of the school board is married to a high school teacher? Of course, there is nothing wrong with that, but it is hard to believe that reducing the growth rate of teacher salaries and benefits is high on his list of priorities.

Override supporters have a Web site detailing the effects if the override fails, togetherforwilliamstown.org. Opponents have no equivalent organization, no “Block the Override” group because, for one reason, according to some opponents, people who are just getting by financially may not want to acknowledge they will be harmed by higher taxes.

Again, there is an amazing political science senior thesis to be written here.

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