Cawley Site = Highest cost and Highest tax increase in Lowell’s history!
The information provided by the City Manager shows CAWLEY is $24,948,173 or $32,860,306 more to the Lowell Taxpayer than either Downtown option
The City Manager is aware we currently have a $2,250,000 structural deficit, he owes the School Dept $250,000 and “borrowed” $2,000,000 from reserves to fund the current operational budget that is supposed to be paid back. We presently can’t afford to buy Turnout Gear for Fire Fighters.
A 2% – 3% tax increase will be required in the next fiscal year just to keep the budget level funded. There is a Statewide movement to put on a ballot question in 2018 to reduce the Sales Tax. If that happens funding for Chapt. 70 and Local Aid will be reduced. Lowell’s already tight budget will be tighter.
The Manager and his staff have shown Councilor’s we can’t afford Cawley and they refuse to budge because of political pettiness.
The City Manager has shown the taxpayers and councilor’s the cost totals and what they mean to the Lowell taxpayer. Cawley will be the single largest tax increase in Lowell’s history This increase is separate from the yearly 1.5% – 3% required to run the city operations and school system.
A Summary of the differences between Cawley and the Downtown options are
Cawley – New 5 story building– unites sports field with school – Shortest construction time –Lowest state reimbursement – Highest cost to Lowell Residential and Business Owners– Need for expanding Rogers st. and no idea of cost or eminent domain issues – Over $11,400,000 so far in identified “Extra Cost” $7,316,658 in Interest projected to cover those cost – Water and Sewage increase required -known and unresolved major traffic impact to routes 38 and 133 – requires busing to High School with projected cost from an additional $1,200,000 to $3,200,000 and the possibility that 10,000 families impacted by forced changes to start time for the majority of other Lowell schools.
Downtown Option 3 – New Gym & Freshman wing – 100% Renovates and rebuilds the rest of the 1980 and Kirk St. buildings – provides 1 acre of “green space” – Requires eminent domain – longer construction time – No water or sewage increase required for this location – No busing required – No changes to existing traffic patterns – No change to school start times required – City’s share is $6,207,015 LESS than CAWLEY
Downtown Option 2 – New Gym & Freshman wing – 100% Renovates and rebuilds the rest of the 1980 and Kirk St. buildings – Requires temporary Gym – 4 SQ feet larger than Option 3 – No Acre of Green Space – No water or sewage increase required for this location – Requires NO eminent domain –Least expensive option to Lowell Taxpayer – longest construction time – No busing required – No changes to existing traffic patterns – No change to school start times required – City’s share is $14,119,148 LESS than CAWLEY
If you add in the $18,741,158 so far identified as additional “Extra cost to be paid solely by the Lowell Taxpayer” by the City Manager for the Cawley site,
CAWLEY is $24,948,173 or $32,860,306 more to the Lowell Taxpayer than either Downtown option
That is BEFORE ANY BUSING COST!
Vote YES on question 1 and support keeping LHS downtown and the tax increase manageable.
I am a lifelong Lowell resident, graduated LHS in 1980 have 4 children, 3 grandchildren and work as a General Manager for a Printing Company in Marlboro MA.
I advocated for Lowell to join the C.E.P. program that provides a free breakfast and lunch to benefit not just the low-income families but the working class families who don’t get a break and can use some relief and Thanks to former School Committee member Kim Scott who was tired of my non stop advocating and requested the new Supt. to look into it or explain why we shouldn’t do it, he did and we are able to provide this for ALL our students.
On Tuesday November 7th I respectfully ask for 1 of your 6 votes for the Lowell School Committee.