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CLT News Release
Friday, June 1, 2018

NO to New Neighborhood Taxation

Further proving that in the Legislature More Is Never Enough and never will be (MINE), on Tuesday the House passed a bill [H-4546] creating "community benefit districts" ― which is nothing more than a stealthy way of creating a whole new layer of government with the power to create additional new taxes.  Effectively, it's an end-run around the restrictions of Proposition 2½ by dividing municipalities into "community benefit districts" that can then additionally tax individual sub-divisions of cities and towns ― a new neighborhood tax.

The State House News Service reported:

"Lawmakers have previously attempted to give property owners the option of establishing community benefit districts, and included a provision authorizing them in the fiscal 2018 budget bill. That section was vetoed by Gov. Charlie Baker who said the assessments are 'the functional equivalent of new property taxes.'"

Did you get that?  "Lawmakers . . . attempted to give property tax owners the option" to be taxed even more.  How very generous of them, if duplicitous.  Gov. Baker saw through the scheme last year and should again in 2018.

Sadly, the bill passed in the House on Wednesday with only two votes against it;  Reps Michelle DuBois (D-Brockton) and Denise Provost (D-Somerville).  There was not even one Republican vote against this property tax hike subterfuge.

"House Ways and Means Chairman Jeffrey Sanchez said there is broad agreement on the legislation (H 4546) that passed the House on a 149-2 vote on Wednesday, which he described as a 'compromise.'

"'This local-option bill is going to allow property owners in a community to pool their resources together to improve community through this benefits district proposal,' Sanchez said on the floor Wednesday."

That is what municipal property taxes, auto excise taxes, fees, et cetera already do and what that revenue raised is supposed to fund ― but More Is Never Enough.  So the Legislature is plotting to burden taxpayers with yet another  new ― layer of government with additional taxing authority:  the micro-municipality.

CLT executive director Chip Ford said, “Block by block they're coming for taxpayers.  Will the Legislature next propose also taxing us at the street level, then backyard by backyard? Today such speculation is not so far-fetched.”

The quote by H.L. Mencken captured in the Boston Herald’s Wednesday editorial succinctly depicts today's dire circumstances:  "government is a broker in pillage, and every election is sort of an advance auction sale of stolen goods.”

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