Welcome to the Election Page! As parents, we are all very busy. It's hard enough to keep tabs on what's going on in our kids' classrooms, let alone what's going on in town government! But a few of us have learned very quickly that school issues are town issues, and town issues are school issues...It's important to know what's going on at a town level, so we can advocate for our children and schools.

 

Have you ever wondered how your property taxes are calculated? And how much all these warrant articles are going to cost you? Check out Taxes 101. Want to figure out which candidates for School Board and Selectmen you want to vote for? Click on those pages for statements from each candidate. How about all those Warrant Articles? Thanks to the Rye Civic League for all their dedicated help on sorting them all out. And do you find the 5 different warrant articles about  Town Hall confusing? We got you covered there, too! If you are too busy to go through all that, we ask that you at least visit the PTA Endorsements page, so you know which articles most affect young families in Rye.

-Nina Parrott, Laura Hancock, Christine Sedam, Carol Ann Mastro

Special Thanks to Steven Borne of the Rye Civic League and Paula Tsetsilas for helping out with stats! 

  • Rye has about 5,300 residents, but only one-third are younger than age 45

  • The number of children under 18 in Rye has been declining for over 15 years.

  • Over the past 15 years (2000 to 2015) Rye residents have only increased 3.1% compared to a 7.6% increase for the state. Over the past five years Rye’s increase has been only 0.8%. Such low growth will mean continued aging into the future.

  • Between 2011-2019, the combined Rye elementary and junior high schools population is expected to decline 33%.  Between 2011-2026 RJH population is due to decline 54%.

  • In 2016, the average Rye home sale was over $800,000

  • Over 80% of Rye homes are owned, 2/3 of which house only one or two persons.

A few quick statistics....

Why this matters...

  • High housing prices mean fewer families can move in.

  • If fewer younger people move in, the overall population continues to age, severely impacting the "human ecology" of Rye.

  • School enrollment will also continue to decline. If enrollment declines, a few things happen:

    • The cost per student goes up, because most costs (like building maintenance, pensions and administrative) are fixed. 

    • Cuts to programs and staff (which aren't fixed costs) are necessary.

A few key dates:

Thursday, March 9th, 7pm - Meet the Candidates Night at Rye Public Library (same night as Mother-Son-Someone Special Bowling...apologies! But the Rye Civic League has agreed to put the school board candidates last, if you'd like to attend afterwards)

Friday March 10th, 9:30am Warrant Article "Coffee Hour" at Rye Public Library

Sunday, March 12th, 2pm- Town Hall Info Session at Rye Public Library

Tuesday, March 14th- 8am-7pm- Voting Day! Don't forget to bring money for bake sale goodies and Girl Scout Cookies!

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