CHARLESTOWN - The Town Council voted to kill a homestead tax exemption proposal from the Democratic Town Committee (CDTC) when the proposal’s opposition came out in full force at the Dec. 12 town council meeting.
The proposal was originally pitched by CDTC Secretary Tom Ferrio at the Nov. 14 meeting, and aimed to give permanent Charlestown residents a tax credit of up to $1,000 per year on their property taxes, and included a spike in the property taxes of summertime-only residents.
Councillors Tom Gentz, Dan Slattery and Lisa DiBello voted to kill the proposal, while Greg Avedisian and Marjorie Frank abstained, citing that they would like to have seen a task force appointed to research other methods of helping full-time residents in need of tax help.
“I think we owe it to all tax payers to see what can be done, but this is not the way to do it,” said Slattery after he seconded the motion made by DiBello to kill the proposal.
“I understand that if you’re a non-resident, you’re looking at it from the perspective of your taxes are going up,” Avedisian said to the audience, continuing to say that he doesn’t want a solution to be divisive or unfair, but thinks that discussions must be had between the budget commission, the tax assessor and other town bodies to explore other options.
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