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October 19, 2012

Letter: CPA a wolf in sheep's clothing

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How are these fees and taxes working for you? The infrastructure of roads, bridges, building and services are all in decay, and it’s not from a lack of a revenue stream. The system has been broken for 40 years, and our elected officials have done little to address this situation other than dream up new ways to secure additional taxpayer funds for their spending habits. Let’s look at the CPA governess if you pass it. The local Community Preservation Fund will be a separate, dedicated fund managed by the Beverly city treasurer. The CPA calls for a Community Preservation Committee made up from five to nine members and must include a member from Parks and Recreation, the Conservation Commission, the Historic Commission, the Planning Board, and a person acting in the interest of affordable housing. All nice people, I am sure, but it sure looks like the wolves watching the henhouse. Where is your representation on this committee? Are you feeling better about where and how your money is going to be spent? If no, vote No on Question 4.

This is nothing more than a slush fund for the city. This is just another way for elected officials to raise taxes, while failing to properly address their public sector policies that are surely bankrupting the city of Beverly. Poor economic times continue to take a toll on the residents of Beverly. We have tightened our belts and tried to get our own houses in order. The elected officials of Beverly have done little to tighten their belts. So when I go to the polls on Election Day, I am voting NO on Question FOUR because as a councilor from Salem said recently, “CPA is a camouflaged Proposition 21/2 override tax.” It is that simple.

Jim Modugno

Beverly

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