The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, October 18, 2002

Why assessments have increased

To the Editor:

The majority of Carlisle residents will notice an increase to their assessment. This increase is due to the following factors:

I. Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 40, section 56 and 58, sections 1, IA and 3, states all cities and towns must annually adjust valuations to reflect changes in the tax base due to new construction, alterations, demolitions, etc.

2. If there has been a change in market conditions, adjustments should also be made to the property values to reflect full and fair cash value as of January 1.

3. The assessors may undertake a valuation adjustment program in the years between the required triennial re-certification. This is called an interim year adjustment. Due to the increasing property values in Carlisle, the board of assessors has elected to utilize the interim year adjustment in order to reflect full and fair cash values in the town.

Massachusetts State Law requires assessors to list and value all real and personal property. The valuations are subject to an "ad valorem" basis for taxation, which means that all property should be taxed "according to value." Assessed values in Massachusetts are based on "full and fair cash value," or 100 % of fair market value.

This is why your assessment may have increased.

If you feel that your new 2003 assessment does not reflect the market value of your property, please feel free to file an abatement application before the taxes are due. For more information you may contact the assessors office at 1-978-369-0392. We are open Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

John B. Speidel
Principal assessor

Training for dealing with underage drinking

To the Editor:

The Concord Restorative Circle is holding a two-day training for Concord and Carlisle residents interested in working with local police to provide a restorative response to youth violations and illegal activity within the community. The two-day training on underaged drinking will be held Friday, October 25, from 7 to 9 p.m. and Saturday, October 26, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Planning Department Building, 141 Keyes Road in Concord. The training will review circle process, provide information regarding drinking laws in the state, and prepare circle members to engage community victims and violators in a constructive process to address harm caused, and an appropriate response to make things right.

The Concord Restorative Circle has processed six successful cases to date. They are preparing to accept underage drinking cases, and wish to involve Carlisle community members in cases that involve Carlisle youth. If you are interested in learning more, or think you would like to participate, contact: Barbara Howland 1-978-369-3113, Ellen Huber 1-978-369-6678, Cindy Nock 1-978-369-3996 or Kathy Rubenstein 1-978-369-6947.

Kathy Rubenstein
Nickles Lane

Men Against Domestic Abuse and Control

To the Editor:

When I started attending the monthly meetings of Men Against Domestic Abuse and Control, I did not think of myself as a violent, abusive or controlling person. I read of or saw violent acts and wondered how one person could do such horrible things to another. I saw the mother who beat her child, the father who shot his spouse and the stranger who blew up a bus as alien and foreign to my life. I could not explain their actions and protected myself by believing that they and I were as different as night and day.

As we talked I began to see pieces of myself in newspapers and on television. I didn't so much see my actions as I did my potential for action. I recalled the day in Wyoming when, so enraged and afraid that I could hardly see, I came this close to knocking another man down. I remembered the night as a young father when my anger brought me to a point I never again want to reach. I connected with feelings around my father's murder and the rage I feel for the man who killed him.

I am coming to the belief that I am not so different from the men and women I see on TV or about whom I read in the papers. I have the same capacity they have for rage, fear, violence and control. A friend once said that we each have a bit of Hitler and Mother Theresa (and all that lies between) within us. I believe he is correct.

What does differentiate us are the choices we make. For whatever reasons I choose not to strike another, cross a line with my children or fulfill my murderous feelings toward my Dad's killer. It may be due to genetics, upbringing, religion, morality, guilt, fear or other factors. I don't really know. I plan to continue exploring this and, if you are interested, invite you to join us for our meeting in November.

David S. Robbins
Laurelwood Drive

Most residents are delighted

To the Editor:

I would like to respond to your article titled Maple Street to be Repaired, Most Residents are Not Delighted. For those that are not aware, Brook Street, running parallel to Maple, has had to absorb traffic that would have otherwise passed through Maple Street, putting an unplanned level of stress on residents and the road itself. There are far more residents on Brook Street alone, not to mention three additional feeder streets, that will in fact be delighted when Maple Street is repaired, as it should be. Additionally, Brook Street is a narrower road than Maple, with blind curves, hills and direct driveways. Although one can understand the preference of living on a cul-de-sac, such an arrangement should be purchased from the start rather than expect neglect of needed road repairs to provide such a benefit at the expense of the greater community. We trust the town officials will continue the project, considering appeals with only valid structural or environmental concerns.

Linda Lerner
Brook Street

2002 The Carlisle Mosquito