Friday, September 21, 2001
Tax rate increase of 5%reflects school overrides
Sean McFadden of the Board of Assessors addressed a September 11 public meeting with the selectmen, recommending a tax rate of 15.78 percent for the fiscal year 2002. This is an increase of about 5 percent over this year's rate of 15.02. The increase is primarily the result of last spring's approved overrides for the Carlisle and Concord-Carlisle Schools. No change to the current policy of levying a flat rate for all residential property was recommended. The selectmen approved the rate with limited discussion.
Ann Vandal, town treasurer/tax collector, presented a draft of a letter to be included in the first tax bill explaining the surcharge for the Community Preservation Act. The Act, which was passed at Spring Town Meeting and approved at the polls, provides a tax surcharge of 2 percent on the value of property over $100,000 to put aside funds for conservation, historic preservation, and affordable housing. It is expected some percentage of CPA funds will be matched by the state. The entire CPA surcharge will be contained on one bill, as required by the state. There was concern that taxpayers may not understand the reason for the surcharge and will need to know where to direct questions regarding the CPA. The CPA committee has yet to meet; questions should be submitted by letter to be answered at a later date. A Town Meeting vote is required before any CPA funds can be disbursed.
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