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Duxbury Clipper 2009_18_11

Duxbury Clipper 2009_18_11

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ON THE WEB: www.xbclippe.com E-MAIL: eito@xbclippe.com Newoom: 781-934-2811 x25 Avetiing: 781-934-2811 x23 Newtan: $1.00
VOLuME LIX NO. 46WEdNEsdAy, NOVEMBEr 18, 2009
“Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does.” –– William James
HONOR GUARD: The color guard from the American Legion Poststands watch during the dedication of the World War I memorial onVeterans Day. For more photos see page 24.
Photo by Justin Graeber
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For the most part, thisyear’s Community Preserva-tion Committee cycle is justlike any other year. Projectscome before the board dealingwith open space purchases,historic preservation and af-fordable housing. This year,however, the committee hasfar less money to dole out, asstate matching funds have tak-en a nose dive.CPC Chairwoman HollyMorris said this year’s match,which is at about 38 percent, isactually a little more than shewas hoping for.“I think the days of 100percent match are over,” shesaid. “We anticipated this.”The Community Preser-vation Act provides matchingstate money to communitieswho adopt a tax surcharge, theproceeds of which are dedi-cated to community improve-ments such as purchasingopen space, affordable hous-ing and historic preservation.
Duxbury was one of the rst
communities to adopt the act
in 2001, and for the rst cou
-ple of years the state matchedthe town’s contribution 100percent. “Once the communi-ties start realizing this is a very
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Community Preservation grouppresses on with lower state match
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The proponents of the Is-land Creek North housing de-velopment have waited a longtime to have their project ap-proved –– 409 days, accordingto consultant Ed Marchant. Butthey’ll have to wait at least alittle bit longer, as representa-tives for the developer and theZoning Board of Appeals wereunable to come to a resolutionThursday night.“We are here – hopefullyfor the last time, on the ap-plication for a comprehensivepermit for Island Creek,” ZBAChairman Dennis Murphy saidat the beginning of the hear-ing. However, the board andthe engineer hired to reviewIsland Creek’s plans clashedwith Marchant and his teamover the level of detail in themost current version of theplans.Tom Houston, the engi-neer, presented his report onthe most current version of theplan for the 238-unit devel-opment, which will be an ex-pansion of the current IslandCreek complex of TremontStreet. The look of the plan haschanged several times over thepast year or so, including theremoval of most of the com-mercial space, and reducingthe height of the apartmentbuildings.Marchant said that thetown was expecting a levelof detail in the plans that was
No defo 40B
ZBA, developersstill apart onIsland Creek
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Brett Bondlow left theworld of social work behind
when he got into tness train
-ing several years ago. But hecouldn’t leave the children hehad worked with and grownto love. So now Bondlow in-corporates his love of physi-
cal tness with his experience
with special needs childrenand adults, helping peoplefocus on the physical aspectof disorders like autism andDown’s Syndrome that areoften overlooked by doctors.
Stengtheningbody nd mind
Bondlow and Erik, 11, pull aweighted sled across the gymfloor to help correct Erik’s gaitissues.
continued on page 20continued on page 25continued on page 16
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The Board of Selectmendeclined to re-open the issueof a settlement with formerpolice chief Mark DeLuca thisweek, saying that his unwill-ingness to sign the agreementafter his initial verbal accep-tance did not show good faithand that renegotiating a dealwas not in the best interest of the town.Selectmen met with DeLu-ca’s attorney, Gerard McAu-liffe, in an open session at theend of their regular meetingMonday night at Town Hall.McAuliffe was not on theiragenda and said he wantedto speak in a closed session.The Selectmen refused, sayingthey voted to rescind the offerto DeLuca in an open meeting
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Home values in Duxburyare dropping, which translatesinto reduced tax revenue for thetown.
At the annual tax classi
-cation hearing Monday night,selectmen learned from DeputyAssessor Richard Finnegan thatDuxbury real estate values havedeclined by as much as 6.5 per-cent. Revenues from real estatetaxes and other sources, suchas fees and excise taxes, havedropped by 5.7 percent.Finnegan explained that theaverage single family home wasassessed at $611,400 for FY10.This is a 6.5 percent decreaseover FY09’s value of $654,000.The median single-familyhome’s value is $502,500.Despite dropping propertyvalues, the real estate taxes ratewill increase. Finnegan saidthe new FY10 tax rate will be$11.81 per one thousand dol-lars of assessed value. This is a90 cent increase over last year’srate of $10.91.For an average single fam-ily home, the FY10 tax bill willbe $7,221, an increase of 1.2percent over last year. This ismuch lower than last year’s 4.9percent increase, said Finnegan.The Community PreservationAct surcharge adds an additional$217 to the average tax bill.Finnegan noted that the to-tal real and personal property
values for the current scal year(FY2010) are assessed at just
over $3.5 billion. This is a 6.2percent decrease from last year.The town’s tax levy, orthe amount of revenue raisedthrough taxation, will only in-crease 1.5 percent. The total taxlevy is $41.4 million.“This is a very modest in-crease,” said Finnegan. “Usu-ally, there is a three to four per-cent increase in the levy.”The slight increase in thetax levy is coupled with a 34
percent decline in the gure for
new growth due to new con-struction. Both are used as rev-enue sources for the town andschool budgets.Selectmen voted unani-mously to “adopt a residentialtax factor of 1” or to maintain a
unied tax rate, taxing residen
-tial and commercial propertyequally. They voted against shift-ing more of the tax burden ontoDuxbury businesses because 97percent of all real estate in townis residential. Adopting a dif-ferent rate for residential andcommercial real estate wouldonly save residents twenty-twocents on their tax bills while in-creasing the commercial rate byalmost six dollars, from $11.81to $17.72 per $1,000 of assessedvalue, said Finnegan.
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