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”Voters agreed to spend $750,000 in CPA money to buy an agricultural restriction for the 33-acre Fairbank Farm on Old Sudbury Road. The present owner would continue to run a farm there and preserve a barn.”
This raises a few very important questions. How many of these”projects” has CPA tax dollars financed? When the town dishes out this kind of money and the land owners continue to own and use the land for farming profit, does the town get anything back? Does this land become tax free to the owner? Do the people who use this land pay anything? Has the town purchased land with CPA funds and allowed farmers to use the land for free? Wasn't Meacham property purchased with CPA funds? Someone is farming that land now. How long do these "agricultural restriction" agreements last for? There seems to be a trend going on where land owners threaten to sell their land to a developer and the town steps in with CPA tax dollars to save the farm.
I did not expect CPA funds to be used in this manner where money is given to property owners to continue to use their land to farm. I really like the idea that the land is being used for farming, but it's unclear to me what the taxpayers are getting in return if people are profiting from land owned or protected by the town.