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December 4, 2012

Mayor vetoes tax break

Beverly: Scanlon officially rejects law; council can't respond for 10 days


Ward 6 Councilor Brett Schetzsle has already said publicly that he will vote to overturn Scanlon’s veto. After the meeting, Schetzsle took to Twitter to say that he found the veto “baffling in its timing and reasoning.”

Scanlon said he would agree to a fixed discount for developers if the amount were set at 40 percent, not 70 percent. He said he would agree to the higher figure only if the law included the language “up to” or a “maximum” of 70 percent.

Scanlon said developments along Rantoul Street will be “dense” and that the city must consider their impacts on the schools, as well as on police and fire services. Those resources, he said, will change over time, so the city needs flexibility in assessing each project.

“We have worked together well, and I wish to continue to do so,” he told councilors. “I believe that everyone has done his or her best throughout the entire process. I am sure that we all seek the same goal, that is to adopt an ordinance which best serves Beverly.”

Staff writer Paul Leighton can be reached at 978-338-2675 or

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