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Sudbury Home values down, but tax bills rise
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Despite dropping home values, Massachusetts & Sudbury property tax bills continued to rise last year. The double whammy of lower home values and higher taxes — a phenomenon that has hit…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Sio Mar 22, 2011.

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a macentee commented on Bulldog Friday's blog post Organization of the Sudbury Sewer District??
"I still have not seen a definitieve study with cost/benefits of hooking up with MWRA.  Framingham line is very close both on Landham and Nobscott.  Compare this with building and maintain sewer,etc.  Seems to me the keep it in…"
Jun 8, 2012
a macentee commented on Bulldog Friday's blog post Massachusetts Senate passes Community Preservation Act Reform Legislation
"BD - Thanks for keeping on  top of news...some interesting developments.  One thing for sure, CPC must start labeling state match for what it is: An additional TAX.   Not just because SJC said so with respect to…"
May 27, 2012
a macentee commented on a macentee's blog post EMD UPDATE - TOWN NOW SAYS 'HAVE NOT REACHED DEFINITIVE DECISION'
"1) NO Voter approval required.  2) Town Manager and Public Safety Chiefs presented plan "for which there is no other choice" to BOS Aug 16th 3) TM said next step was to talk with FinCom to see if extra money available from other…"
Dec 15, 2011
a macentee commented on Bulldog Friday's blog post Public forums on proposed CPC projects November 16, December 7
"  December 7, 2011 CPC Discussions on Sudury TV:   http://sudburytv.pegcentral.com/player.php?video=1c4de4a47bacf12e8eb261e7b08dfbd5    Town Hall Architectural Design Study Sudbury Housing Trust 10% Allocation Historic Projects…"
Dec 15, 2011
Bulldog Friday commented on a macentee's blog post EMD UPDATE - TOWN NOW SAYS 'HAVE NOT REACHED DEFINITIVE DECISION'
"Hi, macentee. Extensive and excellent analysis.  Relentless fact-gathering.  I don't see anyone else clamoring for the job of investigating this proposal--thankless hard work, gee, why aren't we all rushing in?--so thank you for…"
Nov 25, 2011
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EMD UPDATE - TOWN NOW SAYS 'HAVE NOT REACHED DEFINITIVE DECISION'

I wanted to perform a cost/benefits analysis of theTown’s proposed Emergency Medical Dispatch plan versus, say, an alternativeshort term plan which would:a) Leave Sudbury Police dispatch as is; SPD will remain Sudbury's Public SafetyAnswering Point (PSAP)b) Have Sudbury Fire Department act as Sudbury’s certified EMD resource, asallowed per State 911 regulationsRegrettably, beyond initial conversations with the Public Safety Departments,Town pledges of follow up cooperation and information…See More
Nov 21, 2011
a macentee commented on a macentee's blog post CPA coalition announces 2011 matches
"bd - looks like nowhere - just u and me!"
Oct 17, 2011
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CPA Surcharge 4%

No, the 4% is not a typo. Sudbury taxpayers need to be disabused of the notion that the CPA matching state funds are "free money".  They are, in fact, a tax. (Hereafter called the "match tax".)  The Supreme Judicial Court has described a "fee" charged by a state agency as an amount "charged in exchange for a particular governmental service which benefits the party paying the fee," and "collected not to raise revenue but to compensate the governmental entity providing the services for its…See More
Oct 12, 2011
Bulldog Friday commented on a macentee's blog post CPA coalition announces 2011 matches
"To answer my own question--which I believe is another way of stating your argument: Sudbury received $31,383 in (round 2 + round 3) CPA match in 2011.  Any argument based upon the "free money" premise should indicate how much free…"
Oct 11, 2011
a macentee commented on a macentee's blog post CPA coalition announces 2011 matches
"Yes, that's what I was tring to get across. In essence, a literal truth is being used to mask a figurative lie.  The general public, who cannot be expected to follow the details, are mislead by such pronounciations.  The…"
Oct 11, 2011
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Town of Sudbury violates Pledge to provide Data to test Alternative Emergency Medical Dispatch Plan

I wanted to perform a cost/benefits analysis of the Town’s proposed Emergency Medical Dispatch plan versus, say, an alternative short term plan which would:      a) Leave Sudbury Police dispatch as is; SPD will remain Sudbury's Public Safety Answering Point (PSAP)        b) Have Sudbury Fire Department act as Sudbury’s certified EMD resource, as allowed per State 911 regulationsRegrettably, beyond initial conversations with the Public Safety Departments, Town pledges of follow up cooperation…See More
Oct 10, 2011
Bulldog Friday commented on a macentee's blog post CPA coalition announces 2011 matches
"We absolutely DO need to contribute 3% to be eligible for the second and third round CPA match; that's written into the law. The question is, how much money are we actually talking about?  You've done the analysis above from a dollar…"
Oct 9, 2011
Bulldog Friday commented on a macentee's blog post CPA makes another bedfellow?
"You're right, macentee.  I misspoke.  I meant to say that the casino revenue legislation (H.3711) is primarily concerned with deriving and spending casino revenue; the CPA reform (H.765) is primarily aimed at the CPA.  However,…"
Oct 9, 2011
a macentee posted a blog post

CPA coalition announces 2011 matches

 PLEASE SEE LINK FOR FULL DETAILS CPA spreadsheet link:CPA Oct2011 DistributionImportant takeaway:  Notice some of our neighbor communities that contribute 1% or 1.5%: Acton, Concord,Wayland, Wellesley.  Contrary to all the propaganda ("We need to contribute the full 3% to be eligible for the 2nd and 3rd phase…See More
Oct 8, 2011
a macentee commented on a macentee's blog post CPA makes another bedfellow?
"Used Bulldogs info to find the text of proposed CPA legilsation H765, see: http://e-lobbyist.com/gaits/text/169280   Answer to guarantee 75% match = NO GUARANTEE: 140 Under no 141 circumstances shall each fee surcharge for the…"
Oct 8, 2011
a macentee commented on a macentee's blog post CPA makes another bedfellow?
"Given the fact that the CPA coalition is the driving force behind the attempt to get the legislation passed, I dont see how one could possibly classify the pending legislation as, "not being a CPA issue"…"
Oct 7, 2011

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EMD UPDATE - TOWN NOW SAYS 'HAVE NOT REACHED DEFINITIVE DECISION'



I wanted to perform a cost/benefits analysis of the

Town’s proposed Emergency Medical Dispatch plan versus, say, an alternative

short term plan which would:



a) Leave Sudbury Police dispatch as is; SPD will remain Sudbury's Public Safety

Answering Point (PSAP)



b) Have Sudbury Fire Department act as Sudbury’s certified EMD resource, as

allowed per State 911 regulations



Regrettably, beyond initial conversations with the Public Safety…

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Posted on November 21, 2011 at 9:25am — 2 Comments

CPA Surcharge 4%

No, the 4% is not a typo.

 

Sudbury taxpayers need to be disabused of the notion that the CPA matching state funds are "free money".  They are, in fact, a tax. (Hereafter called the "match tax".) 

 

The Supreme Judicial Court has described a "fee" charged by a state agency as an amount "charged in exchange for a particular governmental service which benefits the party paying the fee," and "collected not to raise revenue but to compensate the governmental entity…

Continue

Posted on October 12, 2011 at 12:00am

Town of Sudbury violates Pledge to provide Data to test Alternative Emergency Medical Dispatch Plan

I wanted to perform a cost/benefits analysis of the Town’s proposed Emergency Medical Dispatch plan versus, say, an alternative short term plan which would:



     a) Leave Sudbury Police dispatch as is; SPD will remain Sudbury's Public Safety Answering Point (PSAP)

  

     b) Have Sudbury Fire Department act as Sudbury’s certified EMD resource, as allowed per State 911 regulations



Regrettably, beyond initial conversations with the Public Safety Departments,…

Continue

Posted on October 10, 2011 at 9:30pm

CPA coalition announces 2011 matches

 PLEASE SEE LINK FOR FULL DETAILS

 CPA spreadsheet link:

CPA Oct2011 Distribution

Important takeaway:  Notice some of our neighbor communities that contribute 1% or 1.5%: Acton, Concord,Wayland, Wellesley.  Contrary to all the propaganda ("We need to contribute the full 3% to be eligible for…

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Posted on October 8, 2011 at 1:00pm — 4 Comments

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