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PATCH POLL: Should Falmouth Seek a Prop 2 1/2 Override?

Is it time to raise property taxes to cope with Falmouth's capital needs?

Citing the need for a regular annual capital budget of around $3 million, town officials recently called for a Town Meeting article which would allow an override of Proposition 2 1/2, the Massachusetts law limiting property tax increases. Even if approved at April's Town Meeting, any such resolution would still have to be voted on as a ballot question in Falmouth's general election.

Officials say a predictable capital budget is essential for maintaining Falmouth's infrastructure and public lands, repairing official vehicles and equipment, and meeting other important community needs. Such an operating fund was once a staple of the town budget, but was eliminated in the wake of the economic downturn. Should the town attempt to raise property taxes to cope with what Finance Committee Chairman Gary Anderson has called "a looming crisis which is deepening"? Would you vote for such a measure at the polls?

Rich Goulart January 20, 2012 at 02:18 PM
Do we need an override?Probably!However i would like the board of selectman or the finance committee to tell me what the expenses are going to be for the wind turbine mess we have as well as the water treatment plant we HAVE to build.I won't even go into the question of the sewering to be done.If we approve the override how many more are we going to need in the very NEAR future for the above mentioned projects that we HAVE to do.I see some of these ideas as "puttin the cart before the horse" as the old saying goes.I see too many opportunities missed where we could have made money instead of losing.Example:Ray Jack"s refusal to use the grandfathered permits we have at the "dump" to take in demolition,etc.Way too deep to get into here.I won't vote for an override until i have some more definitive answers.I am a town meeting member from precinct 9 and i will be talking to the people who live in this precinct about this.No more money until we have some concrete answers.
RON BEATY January 20, 2012 at 04:32 PM
Falmouth Board of Selectman Chairperson, Mary Patt Flynn, has already indicated that she will solidly support a Proposition 2 1/2 Override in order to unfairly increase the tax burden upon the financially weary people of Falmouth...so, one can either just sit by and let it happen, or they can defeat this perverse new tax increase and force Selectman Flynn and her municipal cohorts to operate within town budget parameters that they are supposed to, instead of TAX and SPEND...tax and spend...TAX AND SPEND!!!
sue hobart January 31, 2012 at 04:02 PM
Ww have 2 wind turbines with such bad siting they had to be shut down. they HIRE consultants and PR firms and a "consensus buliding" firm at great cost to deal with a problem they should have looked twice at in the first place. If they had done one wit of homework beyond the greed factor they never would have fallen for that dangling carrot. We have an empty water tower that is just a bit shy of tall enough to provide the pressure to do the job right ( or can't the town afford to hire competent engineers?) We do house people that have spent or somehow run out of money in harbor front property ... that's some form of security knowing we won;t be homeless if they tax us all to death (but hows the waiting list) We have a beautiful vanity library and played our fair part in the best library contests going on in Mashpee and falmouth and all over the cape. Our water, however looks like and probably tastes like pee... we pave and unpave roads for obscure reason. We have brand new solar panels on town hall. but the whole roof needs replacing so both will have to go . ( smart move Ms Harper) We do plow roads a day after the storms and run out of money after a couple storms. We have high school though ( I think? ) And Falmouth now has the lowest relative property value of any town on the cape and more homes for sale longer. Imagine that! This town government is doing a fine job... sure give em more rope to hang us all!
RON BEATY January 31, 2012 at 04:47 PM
@Sue...well said, very well said... ^_^
Glenn Kelly March 28, 2012 at 07:22 PM
We are approaching the tipping point.

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