Carver: Selectman candidates completely disagree, nearly

The two candidates for Carver Selectmen, incumbent Dick Ward and challenger Paul Johnson, agreed on almost nothing in a Monday night political forum. Ward is running on a slogan of progressive and affordable, Johnson on plain affordable.

But, they did agree on one subject.

In addition to two contested races, the ballot contains a non-binding question proposing a decrease in the Community Preservation Act surtax from 3 to 1 percent. Ward and Johnson each support the reduction if it would encourage voters to approve a property tax increase to fund a new school.

Ward, a strong CPA advocate, calculated a $200 average property tax increase for the school with a $60 offset by the surtax reduction. Keeping the surtax at 1 percent would continue to pay for existing CPA obligations. Johnson said Town Meeting could increase the surtax in the future, if it became affordable.

WATD and Carver Community Access Television hosted the forum. CCAT will repeat the forum in the two weeks leading to the April 27th town election.

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About Charles Mathewson

Charles Mathewson worked in print journalism for more than two decades as a reporter and editor, and has won several regional and national awards. He resides in Plymouth where he writes fiction and paints, when not producing award-winning news as a reporter for WATD.