Greenfield Town Council meeting tonight on split tax rate

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Recorder Staff
Wednesday, December 27, 2017

GREENFIELD — Town Council is scheduled to hold a special meeting tonight to address the mayor’s decision to veto a split tax rate for Fiscal Year 2018.

The council will meet tonight at 7 in the Planning Office, 114 Main St., to consider Mayor William Martin’s decision to nix its Nov. 29 vote to split the tax rate. The vote would have shifted the tax burden from residential to all other classes of property — including commercial, industrial and personal (CIP) — using a factor of 1.0808.

Martin vetoed the council’s vote two weeks ago, saying the split tax rate would hinder new economic growth. He said commercial and industrial property improvements are the biggest economic drivers in Greenfield, and noted that with the split rate, 30 percent of residential taxpayers would see a yearly savings of less than $100 on their tax bill, and 93 percent would see a decrease of less than $16.66 per month.

Eight votes of the council are needed to override the veto. The council voted 6-4 in favor of the split during the Nov. 29 meeting.