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Boston residents may vote on property tax surcharge

YouthBuild Green Initiative Project Leader MA, United States 0 Ratings 0 Discussions 4 Group posts

Posted by: YouthBuild Green Initiative Project Leader

A Boston Globe article.

Allison Friedman Weston, MA, united-states 0 Ratings 98 Discussions 130 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.


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