LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Senior Property Tax Plan 'A Slap in the Face'
Resident David Gross says the plan doesn't make sense and plans to vote 'no.'
I am a retired Sudbury senior and long-time resident but I don’t qualify for the property tax reduction. I am well below the income limit but the value of my home is above the cutoff.
It makes no sense to me that to qualify for assistance to continue as a Sudbury resident I have to move to a less expensive home. Once I sell I will have to wait out the 10-year residency requirement. I may as well move to Hudson and benefit from the much lower tax rate there.
Meanwhile, a young family moves into my former home, defeating the stated purpose of this legislation. On top of that, if I choose to stay put I will experience the burden (admittedly small) of helping other seniors stay in their homes as my property tax goes up because of this law.
It seems to me that seniors living in large houses are precisely the ones you want to keep in town. I would describe the property value test as silly. This new law will drive us out of Sudbury, a result in direct contradiction to the intended effect.
For me it is a slap in the face. That is why I intend to vote NO. I hope this law goes down to defeat and the town tries again with a plan that makes sense and provides at least some token benefit for all low income seniors.
9 Blandford Drive