I am absolutely crushed. One vote away and more money would have been available for Newburyport’s matching fund.
As anyone familiar with the Community Preservation Act knows, if you have a 3% surcharge, you get a 100% match for every tax dollar raised. If, as in Newburyport, you only have a 2% surcharge, you get only a percentage – a shrinking percentage it seems, year-by-year.
If those country bumpkins in West Newbury have no idea what to do with a generous matching fund from the State then they deserve to repeal CPA so the general state pool will increase and we will benefit. Unfortunately, they had a couple of Hill Williams (sophisticated hillbillies) over there who realized what a stupid move it would be to reduce the surcharge.
I mean we’re talking West Newbury. They need money for open space acquisition? They’ve got plenty of space! Affordable housing money? All they need to do is refit some of their unused barns and a couple of abandoned outhouses and they’re all set! Recreational park purchases? They’re idea of recreation is going out in a field and chucking cow paddies at each other! Historic properties? As we’ve all read, they have no idea what is or is not an historic building.
Talking about wasting money on a place.
If they are that stupid that they would refuse a one-to-one match from the state, especially in Massachusetts; then perhaps we can con them into giving all that unused money to Newburyport!
I can just see Mike Dissette with a big smile on his face as they come before the Community Preservation Committee to give all that cash to us. I can see really big smiles on the City Councilors’ faces as well as the Mayor’s as the people of West Newbury beg for us to take it off their hands.
Now I see why the Waterside residents petitioned to separate themselves from the Newburys’!