The Board of Alderman and the city of Somerville will conduct its second and final public hearing on the TRANSFER TAX. The Administration of Mayor Joseph Curtatone has refused to send out written notification of these hearings to all property owners, including those who live outside the city. This tax will also be levied against commercial property. The small Somerville business people and store owners who provide services to our community have not been notified by the administration. Even with pressure from some Alderman in both cases the Mayor’s administration has chosen not to notify the property owners.
The notices delivered by a small group of concerned residents alerting the public to the first public meeting drew hundreds of responses by residents in opposition to the home rule petition. We submitted over four hundred signatures to the City Clerk in opposition.
Because of your letters, emails, phone calls, and attendance at the April 4, 2018 public hearing, the Alderman made many changes to the original Transfer Tax petition.
Our elected officials are trying to address their past mistakes of allowing developers to overrun the City, by now placing the financial burden on fixing it on the property owners of the city. It is time for the city to be more fiscally responsible instead of imposing another TAX on top of the CPA TAX, EXCISE TAX, WATER METER FEES, EXCESSIVELLY HIGH WATER BILLS, REVALUATION INCREASES, ASSEMBLY SQUARE BONDS, HIGH SCHOOL BONDS, MBTA BOND, UNION SQUARE BONDS.
WE ARE SOMERVILLE and our voices need to be heard! Attend the final public hearing before it gets voted on by the Board of Alderman and is sent to the State House for approval.
MONDAY MAY 7 TH at CITY HALL @ 6:00 P.M. in the Aldermanic chambers second floor.