Norwell: Town meeting rejects community preservation tax reduction proposal

Becky Freed spoke out against the CPA tax reduction proposal.

Norwell held their second and final session of annual town meeting Tuesday night at the middle school and rendered votes on two petition warrant articles regarding the town’s community preservation surcharge.

After vigorous debate, town meeting voted down the first citizen petition article, calling for the total elimination of the CPA surcharge.

Town meeting then voted against a second petition article by Penny Wilson, calling for a reduction in the CPA tax from 3% to 1%.

Both articles would have required passage at a town ballot election vote.

Penny Wilson brought up the dichotomy of parents voting in favor of overrides and CPA funds for school athletic fields and seniors being taxed out of town.

Wilson said, “I’ve lived in this town thirty years. We will always take care of the schools – we always have and I feel confident we always will. But I think it’s time to take care of the rest of the town and that includes the seniors. And I can’t believe that the people in this town who are so feeling for their children and their schools wouldn’t be as feeling for their seniors!”

Former Selectman Don Mauch took exception to Community Preservation Committee Member Becky Freed’s position that home owners with incomes under $69,000 dollars a year can apply for an exemption from the CPA tax.

“I wonder if Ms. Freed can tell us how many people or couples in the town of Norwell, age 60 or over, make less than $69,000 a year … three?” Mauch exclaimed.

Town meeting also approved an article to bond $1.6 million for phase one construction of the Stetson Meadows Cemetery and finished up all the articles on the warrant.


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About John Penny

John Penny is a town news reporter at WATD. He primarily covers stories in the towns of Marshfield, Cohasset, Scituate, Norwell, Hingham, Abington and Quincy.