Some of those who are urging a No vote on CPA, Question 5, are insisting that they do not oppose CPA but that this is just the wrong time for it. Their proposal that this should be postponed to a later date is in my opinion a false option.
If the CPA is defeated for a second time, I believe it may be gone for good in Watertown; at least we will be missing its financial benefits for a very long time to come. Those who propose a delay to a future time are clearly not aware of the enormous time, energy, organization, and numbers of people involved in getting the question on the ballot and educating voters about it.
The Town Council will also be reluctant to put it on the ballot after a second defeat. It took 11 years after the 2005 defeat for a group to propose it again; a second defeat will seal it’s fate for the foreseeable future. Watertown’s tax dollars have been going into this fund all these years; it is time that we start getting the benefit of the program. Passing the CPA will not jeopardize approval of a later school financing issue. Please vote YES on Question 5.