AMHERST — A proposed state constitutional amendment to impose a 4% surtax on Massachusetts household income that exceeds $1 million, with funds raised to be directed to public education and transportation, is approved by local school representatives.
The Amherst-Pelham Regional School Board, made up of members from Amherst, Pelham, Leverett and Shutesbury, unanimously passed a resolution on May 3 supporting the Equitable Distribution Amendment, also known as the Tax millionaires. The amendment will be on the ballot for the November 8 election.
Amherst Rep. Peter Demling, who drafted the resolution, said he wants the committee to formally state that schools, especially regional entities, often don’t get the resources they need.
“This month of November will be a time for school councils, towns and villages, teachers and teachers’ unions to support and unite around a common cause,” Demling said.
The resolution states that students “deserve equal access to a high-quality, well-rounded, and well-staffed public education with a rich and varied academic program, ample opportunities to explore the arts and athletics, and resources socio-emotional to support their overall well-being. -be” and that the 4 cents per $1 for money earned over a million dollars “is fair, reasonable and long overdue”.
A similar endorsement of the Fair Share Amendment was made by the Leverett Town Meeting and the Leverett School Board.