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TELL US: What Are Your Thoughts on the CPA?

The Community Preservation Act will be Question #4 on this year's ballot in Beverly. Do you support it?

The Community Preservation Act, a proposed program to create a Beverly-controlled fund for historic preservation, affordable housing, open space and recreation, will be on the ballot Nov. 6. 

Tonight, there will be an where the CPA for Beverly will introduce the facts about the program and dispel any misconceptions.

If you've already made up your mind about the ballot question, we want to hear from you. Would the CPA be a good idea for our community, or can we do without it?

Let us know what you think in the comments.

Beatrice Mendez November 05, 2012 at 10:07 PM
Charlie wrote, "Why don't we make contribution to the CPA voluntary?" HEAR, HEAR!!! Start your own non-profit called Community Preservation Beverly, and I'll send in my tax deductible contribution immediately. I will not agree to let you take the money from me forcefully, set up from the get-go with no tax break provided.
Beatrice Mendez November 05, 2012 at 10:09 PM
I don't understand how you can let non-property owners vote on whether my taxes go up, and how property owners who do not live in Beverly do not have a right to say whether their taxes go up. It's just not fair.
Beatrice Mendez November 05, 2012 at 10:24 PM
I feel like at some point I will no longer have an income because so much of my money goes towards taxes, fees, and surcharges. At what point does it stop??? When I have no money left? Federal income tax 28% FICA 6.625% Property tax $12.97/1,000 (and this is NOT enough-you want me to give MORE???) Sales tax 6.25% (on EVERYTHING except food and clothes) Trash fee $75x3 for me (multi-family owner) menu tax 5% Excise taxes on my car Gas tax Seriously-I can see why people would want to not work and instead live off the government.
Molly Buccini November 05, 2012 at 10:28 PM
Hey Beatrice--and everyone else, too--just as a future reference, feel free to submit your Letters to the Editor to Beverly Patch as well. They can be emailed to beverly@patch.com
Beatrice Mendez November 08, 2012 at 07:32 PM
Thank you Molly! I could not find how to submit it to Patch when I was sending it out!

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