Harvard’s average single family tax bill went up 39 percent between FY02 and FY06 and is likely to go up more than 7 percent in FY07. We receive only $972 in per-pupil Chapter 70 aid, a factor of 10 percent less than the highest aid recipients.
While Harvard continues to cut services and pass overrides to support our schools, many of these highest aid recipients have millions of dollars in un-used levy capacity. Our citizens pay some of the highest income taxes in the state, yet rank 288th in per-pupil Chapter 70 aid.
The Acton proposal establishing a $2000 minimum would add only 8 percent to total Chapter 70 funding yet would bring immediate relief to the 134 school districts impacted by the proposal.
We urge you to work with fellow legislators in order to bring greater equity to the system by establishing this minimum per-pupil funding level.
WILLIAM J. MARINELLI
Chairman, Harvard Board of Selectmen