Green Building Community

Boston residents may vote on property tax surcharge

YouthBuild Green Initiative Project Leader MA, United States 0 Ratings 0 Discussions 0 Group posts

Posted by: YouthBuild Green Initiative Project Leader

A Boston Globe article.
http://www.bostonglobe.com/business/2016/02/09/propertytax/ikqaGbpDqk9L72u0IUTZBP/story.html

Reply
Allison Friedman Weston, MA, united-states 0 Ratings 334 Discussions 88 Group posts

Allison Friedman // Rate It Green Admin

This is an interesting article, thanks. A 1% property tax surcharge on single family homes (more for offices and apartment buildings) could contribute $13 million for housing, parks, and preservation.

While I understand the immediate reaction to any tax increases, look, we've got to find some ways to pay for fair housing and for parks and preservation. I'd ask the real estate community to keep in mind that area amenities also raise property values. And, we can't keep "hoping" for great and healthy and green cities if no one is willing to fund them. It would seem acceptable to ask for homeowners who can pay and for businesses that benefit form being a part of communities and often say they give back to support the right to affordable, comfortable, safe, and healthy housing.

 

Please be kind and respectful!

Please make sure to be respectful of the organizations and companies, and other Rate It Green members that make up our community. We welcome praise and advice and even criticism but all posted content and ratings should be constructive in nature. For guidance on what constitutes suitable content on the Rate It Green site, please refer to the User Agreement and Site Rules.

The opinions, comments, ratings and all content posted by member on the Rate It Green website are the comments and opinions of the individual members who posts them only and do not necessarily reflect the views or policies or policies of Rate It Green. Rate It Green Team Members will monitor posted content for unsuitable content, but we also ask for the participation of community members in helping to keep the site a comfortable and open public forum of ideas. Please email all questions and concerns to admin@rateitgreen.com