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Cohen and Askenburg Offer Differing Paths to Tax Relief

Here's a six part transcript from Monday Jan. 27, 2014's Chelmsford Board of Selectmen meeting.

You can watch the full video of the meeting on chelmsfordtv.org

John Doe January 28, 2014 at 06:59 PM
Here is the problem with free cash as the town manager sees it. If they refund $70 back to the taxpayers, the next time they want to build an executive sauna in the fire station or want the DPW station to have a special heated garage bay for the supervisors personal car, they wont be able to claim it will "only" raise taxes $14. They will have to admit its really $84. They have used this tactic before and I have pointed it out before. The reason the new fire station and DPW "only" raised taxes by $27 is because it also also ate up the $300 per home tax break that residents should have received because the school and sewer bond expired. Cohen and the BOS know that once they give back revenue, theyll never be able to get it back. Which is why even if they give residents the $70 back, the taxes will still go up the full 2.5% this year...its all a crapshoot.
Paul January 28, 2014 at 08:52 PM
Obviously from the picture the Chelmsford Public Schools are the problem :o) Online classes... it will happen, we could be the model.
Oreo January 28, 2014 at 11:39 PM
The powers to be in this town always compare Chelmsford, with Andover, Carlisle, Westford, Weston, Franklin, etc. and othe such towns. Get real, people Chelmsford is not like those other towns. Stop trying to be like other towns, and be your own town. Most people in this town can't afford the taxes, along with all the others charges this town has. If you have to make cuts so be it. Live by your means and not somebody else's. I know running this town isn't easy, but be realistic. Then you got the schools. We have been bailing out this department for years. Now it is worse than it ever has been. I went to the girls and boys basketball game last Sunday. The basthroom was filthy, the hallway to the bathroom was dirty. What ever happened to the $500,000.00 a year they were saving on out sourcing the custodians? Know wonder why more kids are going to Nashoba Tech, costing the town more money. They should take that cost right out of the school budget. And no, I don't have all the answers.
Tyler Jozefowicz January 29, 2014 at 12:30 PM
Tax Classification
Pat Mullen January 29, 2014 at 04:24 PM
Tax classification. No. "Free" cash. Nope. It all starts and ends with the state legislature. Chelmsford is punished by virtue of its voting record - or more precisely, its lack of voting for Democrats. The legislature divides and conquers Chelmsford with multiple representatives to prevent real representation of the voters interests. It withholds monies due the town in a criminal manner and redistributes those funds to other communities that support the regime. How very tolerant and inclusive of our enlightened brethren on Beacon Hill. The truth is incontrovertible, malice may attack it, ignorance may deride it, but in the end; there it is.
Randy Winslow January 29, 2014 at 06:07 PM
No more patch!

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