Category archives for: Town Election

Outside the Whale: April’s Tax Questions

When it comes to taxes, politicians and voters alike tend to break into two simplistic camps: “No new taxes” and “save the children.” Taxation and whose interests the collected dollars will serve are usually complex. The more complex an issue and the more at stake, the more likely the dialogue will degenerate into simplistic slogans, […]

CPA not worth the added property tax

Dear Editor: On Tuesday, April 3, Canton voters will have an opportunity to vote in an election with several uncontested races for town officials, one contested race to fill a vacant position on the Canton Housing Authority, and one ballot question. Although Canton voters elect some members to serve on this board, the Housing Authority […]

Under CPA, affordable housing is not 40B housing

Dear Canton voters: On April 3, at this year’s municipal election, we have the opportunity to vote to enact the Community Preservation Act (CPA) for our town. Enacting the CPA would give us the ability to establish a fund for the purposes of purchasing land for open space and recreation; rehabilitating and preserving our historic […]

Vote for CPA to support our seniors

Dear Editor: Please join me in voting for the Community Preservation Act (CPA) on Tuesday, April 3. I am a realtor with Jack Conway, Canton. As such, I see a serious need for more housing options for our seniors. Many seniors who wish to downsize from their larger single family homes want to stay in […]

Selectmen vote 4-1 to oppose Community Preservation Act

In a 4-1 vote taken Tuesday night, the Board of Selectmen, acting as individual members, said they would not support the Community Preservation Act (CPA) ballot question before Canton residents on Tuesday, April 3. The act would permit the town to levy a 1 percent tax on residential and commercial property that would be set […]

CPA promotes good fiscal policy

Dear Editor: The Community Preservation Act (CPA), if passed at our April 3 municipal election, will create jobs, encourage a culture of saving for the future, help protect our good credit rating, give us better control of future 40B housing, and reduce the need for a 2 ½ tax override. CPA creates jobs by putting […]

Housing Authority Candidate: John McSweeney

John McSweeney announced earlier this week his candidacy for the Canton Housing Authority in the April 3 town election. McSweeney, who previously served on the Housing Authority for ten years, is seeking to return to that board. The Housing Authority board manages public housing in Canton to ensure that Canton can provide for its elderly […]

Housing Authority Candidate: Paul Alfano

Dear Editor: I decided late last year and announced my decision at the December meeting not to run for another term on the Board of Health because I felt seven years was long enough and it was time to give someone else the opportunity to serve. It was a decision I made after the deaths […]

Stand up and be counted for CPA

Dear Editor: I have always believed that “government is run by those who show up.” It’s important to show up to the April 3 town election despite the fact there is only one contested seat on this year’s ballot. That’s because we have the opportunity to approve the Community Preservation Act (CPA). Canton has numerous […]

CPA can make Canton’s ‘jewels’ shine brighter

Dear Editor: Canton is a hidden jewel in many respects. We are blessed with breathtakingly beautiful open natural areas for hiking, cycling, golfing and boating. Canton claims archaeologically important Signal Hill, Ponkapoag Pond, the Bradley Estate, the Brookwood Community Farm, and the picturesque Blue Hills. In recent years we have wisely protected recreational open space […]

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