Thursday, March 27, 2014

Common Core comes to Carver 1

Common Core comes to Carver 1: the unfunded mandates kick in

I'll be reporting on the local implementation of the Federal "Common Core State Standards" rollout this year. This may be starting out of order, but this first post is for the unfunded mandates which kick in for FY 2015. Later I'll circle back and write about some of the temporary benefits we received from the "Race to the Top" (aka RTTT) federal program. 

Friday, February 14, 2014

the Competition heats up

Could the Town of Carver Planning Board fail to accomplish their stated goal?

They now have some competition that could prevent Carver for becoming "the Solar Capital of New England"


Wednesday, February 5, 2014

It's back! The Purchase St solar project

  When the town of Carver ZBA voted against the project in 2013, some thought that was the end of the fight to keep industrial solar out of residential neighborhoods. 

  Apparently all it takes for them to get the project back online is to make a slight change to the original plan, which they did. 
The Planning Board recently approved a minor modification that would allow the solar farm project on Purchase Street near Great Meadow Drive to go forward.
residents upset about new approval of a solar farm near their homes 

  Once again the Planning Board votes with the special interests over the residents of Carver. This is an industrial project that they approved in a Residential/Agriculture zone, which was never an approved use based on the town bylaws. 

Saturday, February 1, 2014

FY 2014 Tax Rates for Carver (we're #2)

The Fiscal Year 2014 tax rates are in, ours went up by more than 4%

Town/city: Carver

Date of rate approval by state: 12/17/2013

Residential rate - FY 2014 = $17.01

Residential rate - FY2013 = $16.34

Residential rate, 1-year change = 4.1%