That's the deadline for getting any and all
petition signatures you have collected to roll back the
Sales Tax to 5% to the appropriate city or town clerk.
That's two weeks —
just 14 days — from now.
After that they're no good
— useless. The clerks
won't accept them.
The time to get those signatures, and the
petitions to the city and town clerks, is quickly closing.
We have only TWO WEEKS REMAINING.
We have received little response so far,
have no idea where we stand, how many signatures CLT members
If you want to see the Sales Tax returned to
5% we need to get the rollback question on the November 2018
ballot. To accomplish this, we need some 100,000
Five weeks ago
on September 30 we made available a copy of the petition
and CLT's "Petitioning Instructions." If you
haven't yet, you can download and print them out if you want
to help roll back the sales tax to 5%. We included
these critical directions:
important: The downloaded petition
BE PRINTED ON ONE
SINGLE SHEET OF 8½” x 11” PAPER —
FRONT AND BACK OF ONE
CLT's "Petitioning Instructions" explain in
detail all the other strict state requirements that
must be observed, as well as provide some
useful petitioning tips.
Please read those instructions carefully
— so you won't waste your time, won't have your
When you've collected as many signatures as you can
(or have just signed one yourself) you'll need to
turn the petition(s) in to the appropriate city
registrar of voters or town clerk for
certification. They will give you a receipt for
RETURN TO PICK UP YOUR PETITION. Immediately
mail your receipt(s) to us and we'll have
your petition(s) picked up with all other sales tax
petitions in the registrar's or clerk's possession.
Citizens for Limited Taxation
P.O. Box 1147
Marblehead, MA 01945-5147
If you have any questions, call Chip Faulkner at:
You can find and download both here:
As many of you who've done this before know, a
statewide petition drive is an enormous,
time-intensive undertaking over a limited
time period, and it requires the participation of
many to pull it off successfully. Over 64,000
certified signatures of registered
Massachusetts voters is required to qualify —
which means that organizers must collect closer to
100,000 raw signatures to insure reaching the
Every signature you can provide is going to make a
Thanks in advance for any and all assistance you can
provide in this tax-cut endeavor. If this succeeds,
the money you save will be your own!
If you haven't yet collected any signatures
or signed the petition, our time is quickly running out.
In 1997-98 CLT failed getting the income tax
rollback on the ballot by
just 26 signatures short, after the teachers union
challenged every certified signature we collected for
months, then got the superior court to disqualify CLT's
entire year-long effort and deny our petition ballot status.
Twenty-six signatures short killed all the
months of our ceaseless work collecting over 70,000
Just 26 certified signatures
One or two people making even just a
little effort would have made the difference, collected
those 26 signatures. The entire
herculean effort would not have been wasted.
CLT had to do it all over again in 1999.
The second time around we got more than enough certified
petitions — over 122,000
certified signatures, more than twice the requirement
— and our income tax rollback
went to the 2000 ballot — where
voters passed it overwhelmingly. The income tax was
rolled back from 5.85 percent down to its current 5.1
percent. How much has that saved you
over the past seventeen years?
The drop-dead deadline to turn in signatures
to city and town clerks is: