Good Call

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Good Call

Postby Harry on Sat Oct 25, 2008 6:10 pm

Experience hath shown, that even under the best forms of government those entrusted with power have, in time, and by slow operations, perverted it into tyranny.
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Re: Good Call

Postby TheFirm on Sun Oct 26, 2008 8:39 am

Doesn't the Community Preservation Act sound a lot like the Community Reinvestment Act (a.k.a. the World Financial Market Destruction Act)?

This is just another liberal feel-good policy where they redistribute wealth from the rich (i.e. property owners) to the poor (i.e. renters).

If the fees collected at the Registry of Deeds are too high, then lower them. Don't use this "bad money" to con the sheep into throwing more "good money" at it.
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Re: Good Call

Postby Chasnbos on Thu Nov 06, 2008 4:37 pm

Time to pull the plug on this program. CPA 2008- 67% match CPA -2009 -35% match. This committee has a expansive expensive vision on how to spent these vapor funds. I rather see the 800,000 go back into running the town rather than end around spending in areas that we can't afford at this time
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Re: Good Call

Postby Harry on Wed Dec 12, 2012 5:03 pm

And here we are 4 years later....and somehow tennis courts are not a violation according to this court ruling?

Any Lawyers here care to splain' that?
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Re: Good Call

Postby bferrari on Wed Dec 12, 2012 6:41 pm

Citizens at Town Meeting voted for the tennis courts... this after three tries. This is the usual way things work, keep bringing your failed agenda up for a vote, usually the third time it will pass.

As to removing the the 1% we pay into the CPA Fund, I believe it will be a mistake to remove it. Why? Because our town government will see fit to collect that extra 1% in regular taxation (since we have been paying it anyway). So at least keeping it in the CPA Fund, there's a chance that it will be used for community preservation... instead of pension padding.

Attend the CPA meetings, they are open to the public and all input is welcome.
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Re: Good Call

Postby amykay on Fri Dec 14, 2012 9:17 am

there was only 1 other attempt for tennis courts, the Question 1 that failed in April.
Citizens stated the proponents needed to find another way to pay for the courts.
Creating recreational space is one of the four precepts of the Community Preservation Act.
The vote at Town Meeting in October was overwhelmingly in favor of building the courts using
CPA funds.
Did you go to Town Meeting and voice your opposition?
Sounds like you would prefer to just keep the money in the account and not spend it.
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Re: Good Call

Postby amykay on Fri Dec 14, 2012 12:35 pm

You are absolutely entitled to your opinion.
But as many people reading this site respect your opinions, as do I usually, you should not say this was the third try
when it was not.
The public will be welcomed to use the facility when not in use by high school team.
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Re: Good Call

Postby ELLE on Sat Dec 15, 2012 4:09 pm

bferrari wrote:Citizens at Town Meeting voted for the tennis courts... this after three tries. This is the usual way things work, keep bringing your failed agenda up for a vote, usually the third time it will pass.

As to removing the the 1% we pay into the CPA Fund, I believe it will be a mistake to remove it. Why? Because our town government will see fit to collect that extra 1% in regular taxation (since we have been paying it anyway). So at least keeping it in the CPA Fund, there's a chance that it will be used for community preservation... instead of pension padding.

Attend the CPA meetings, they are open to the public and all input is welcome.


It was really just 1 try, this is misleading. What you are describing as the first defeat was the entire sports complex, that included the tennis courts. Tennis courts were only brought to town meeting as a stand-alone item once and it passed overwhelmingly. Most people expressed a desire for the courts but didn't support them the first time because they didn't support the sports complex.
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Re: Good Call

Postby bferrari on Sat Dec 15, 2012 6:18 pm

Thanks ELLE that is probably a more accurate representation.
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