Northfield to vote on a possible increase in property taxes

Franklin County

Northfield residents will decide whether the town will increase the tax for the Community Preservation Act.

Early voting started on Monday at Northfield Town Hall. This year’s ballot for the town includes the races for Governor and U.S. Senator as well as five questions.

Northfield’s Question 4 asks whether the town should raise the Community Preservation Act property tax surcharge from 0.5 percent to 1 percent. The question is getting a lot of attention among voters.

“I can’t predict which way it will go because that’s up to the taxpayers,” Town Clerk Dan Campbell explained. “But a lot of people are thinking it as another tax and nobody likes to pay taxes. So that’s kind of what the thinking is at this moment.”

Campbell told 22News money collected through the CPA property tax can only be used for the preservation or creation of historical and recreational resources, and senior and low-income housing.

He also said the state will match the funds collected through the tax.

Northfield residents can vote early at the Town Hall on weekdays through November 2.

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