Thursday, October 29, 2020

Barry Kassler responds to James Gianotti Jr on the Community Preservation Act

I’d like to respond to the letter from James Gianotti, Jr. regarding the Community Preservation Act, or CPA, in Franklin.
 
First, Mr. Gianotti is right when he says that these are difficult times.  What he may not be aware of is that many CPA communities have used their CPA funds to create emergency housing assistance programs for people in their communities who have lost jobs due to the pandemic.  That would not have been possible without the CPA.
 
Mr. Gianotti states that the CPA would cost Franklin residents “thousands of dollars” each.  That’s off by a factor of at least ten.  The average homeowner in Franklin would pay $105 per year, or $26 per quarter.  There is nothing “hidden” here.  It will appear on tax bills on its own line, beginning next year.  Residents who are low-income, or who are moderate-income seniors, can apply for an exemption from the CPA tax.
 
Mr. Gianotti states that those of us who support Question 3 “consistently rely on the most optimistic estimate of how much funding the state will chip in. …This is probably going to be way off.”  In reality, the estimates of CPA revenue from the state have been conservative, and are realistic.  State CPA funding depends on money collected at the Registry of Deeds, and collections for this year have been consistent with pre-pandemic levels.
 
The CPA is a perfect way for a community to maintain and improve the quality of life for all of its residents.  Franklin is losing out on state funding which only goes to CPA communities.  We already pay into that fund, but get nothing back.  That will change when Franklin adopts the CPA.  Many of our neighboring towns have already done so, including Wrentham, Medway, Millis, Norfolk and Mendon.  In fact, over half of all Massachusetts cities and towns are now CPA communities.
 
I urge you to vote to adopt the CPA in Franklin by voting Yes on Question 3.
 
Barry Kassler
Franklin 



If you missed it, the Gianotti letter can be found here

 

Barry Kassler responds to James Gianotti Jr on the Community Preservation Act
Barry Kassler responds to James Gianotti Jr on the Community Preservation Act

“People see the opportunity to protect the best for our town"

From the Milford Daily News, an article of interest for Franklin:

"Among the questions on the general election ballot is one that is all about benefiting Franklin, supporters say.

The question asks Franklin voters to support adoption of the Community Preservation Act (CPA) for Franklin -- a step that would allow the town to raise money for open space and historic preservation, recreation, and community housing by adding a 2 percent surcharge to property taxes.

If the initiative is approved, the town will join the ranks of 177 other Massachusetts towns that have also adopted the CPA. Additionally, it would make the town eligible for a portion of funds the state collects each year from fees on home sale transactions, to be used in tandem with surcharge funds raised by the town.

The proposed 2 percent surcharge -- minus an automatic $100,000 exemption on residential properties -- would cost about $105 per year for the average Franklin taxpayer. That is based on the town’s average home value of $460,000. Exemptions would be offered for low-income families and moderate-income seniors."
Continue reading the article online (subscription may be required)

 

“People see the opportunity to protect the best for our town"
“People see the opportunity to protect the best for our town"



Wednesday, October 28, 2020

Community Preservation Act (CPA) For Franklin Discussion - 10/22/20 (audio)

FM #374 = This is the Franklin Matters radio show, number 374 in the series.

This session shares the conversation about the Community Preservation Act. The conversation was conducted on Thursday, Oct 22, 2020 via conference bridge to adhere to the ‘social distancing’ requirements of this pandemic period.

The voices you will hear in order of appearance will be that of mine, Monique Doyle, Roberta Trahan, and Susan Speers.

The show notes contain links to the Community Preservation Act webpage and other social media links. 

The conversation runs about 22 minutes.  Audio file = https://www.hipcast.com/podcast/H1F15s2K


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Community Preservation Act web page  https://www.cpaforfranklin.org/ 

Facebook page  https://www.facebook.com/cpaforfranklin 

Instagram account  https://www.instagram.com/cpa_for_franklin/ 

Twitter account  https://twitter.com/cpa_franklin 

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Community Preservation Act (CPA) For Franklin Discussion - 10/22/20 (audio)
Community Preservation Act (CPA) For Franklin Discussion - 10/22/20 (audio)

Please vote Yes for Question 3 for the Community Preservation Act

What’s your reason for living in #franklinma? Is it for the overall quality of life and a reasonable cost of living for your family?
It can be difficult for Franklin to balance all the needs and desires of residents and small businesses but CPA can help!

Please vote yes for Question 3 for the Community Preservation Act and keep our open space, farmland, historic buildings, and housing that families and seniors can afford.

It’s about ALL of us— our entire community! 

Please vote Yes for Question 3 for the Community Preservation Act
Please vote Yes for Question 3 for the Community Preservation Act 


Monday, October 26, 2020

Some things are worth paying a small amount for

All the benefits of the #communitypreservationact come with a small cost for homeowners. The CPA surcharge is based on the assessed value of your home; for an average home the annual cost has been estimated to be about $105 ... about the price of a small cup of to-go java once a week.
Exemptions are offered to seniors of moderate income and other owners with low income based on the Boston region. If you feel this is a reasonable cost to pay for giving Franklin the ability to fund open space and recreation, historic preservation, and affordable housing, please vote YES on Question 3.

(and many thanks to Danny for the coffee for our volunteers on Sunday and for voting!) 

Some things are worth paying a small amount for
Some things are worth paying a small amount for


Community Preservation Act (CPA) can help Franklin address the affordable housing problem

Sticking with the topic of the need for housing here in Franklin, Question 3 has been endorsed by Judy Pond Pfeffer and most recently by Chris Vericker, both of whom have long years dedicated to improving the affordable choices for families and seniors in our community. 

Here's Chris's statement:

"As a member of the Municipal Affordable Housing Trust for the last fifteen years, I have seen that the need for affordable housing exceeds the supply in town.  As a citizen of Franklin, I urge you to vote Yes on Question 3 and pass the Community Preservation Act (CPA).  CPA funds will help preserve historic places, open spaces, and parks and recreation.  It will also add to the supply of community housing for seniors and families and help us help those who need it most." Chris E. Vericker

https://www.cpaforfranklin.org/p/endorsements.html 

Community Preservation Act (CPA) can help Franklin address the affordable housing problem
Community Preservation Act (CPA) can help Franklin address the affordable housing problem


Sunday, October 25, 2020

#30benefitsofcpaforFranklin - old South Meeting House

The list of potential community projects which could be eligible for CPA funding is endless... but near the top of the list in the historical category is the stabilization of the 1856 South Meeting House. 
 
The current cost estimate to preserve the structure is over $1 Million. 
Bottom line: this is exactly the type of work that #CPA is designed to make possible. #voteyesquestion3 #franklinma

Links to most recent evaluations: 

New Report: The South Franklin Congregational Meeting House Existing Conditions Report and Peer Review   https://www.franklinma.gov/sites/g/files/vyhlif591/f/uploads/20-0930_sfmh_existing_conditions_report_issued_2.pdf

Previous report in 2015  https://www.franklinma.gov/sites/g/files/vyhlif591/f/uploads/old_south_meeting_house_on_washington_street_1.pdf

 

#30benefitsofcpaforFranklin - old South Meeting House
#30benefitsofcpaforFranklin - old South Meeting House