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Brookline Taxes Go Up 2%. What Does That Mean And How Does The System Work?

Brookline Taxes Go Up 2%. What Does That Mean And How Does The System Work?

Last week, the town announced that it will raise the property tax levy 4% in FY2013, which amounts to a $7 million addition to the town budget. So what does this mean and how will the increase effect us?

 

Governor Patrick Announces Amazon to Collect Sales Tax

Governor Deval Patrick and Amazon announced that Amazon will collect and remit sales tax in Massachusetts starting next fall, and that they will work together toward enactment of federal legislation to resolve the sales tax issue by creating an equitable and simple framework for collecting sales taxes. No mention was made in the Administration's press release of the other online retailers that currently do not collect and remit sales tax in the state. Amazon did announce in the statement that they plan to create hundreds of high tech jobs in Massachusetts in coming years, although no further specifics about those potential jobs were mentioned. The announcement will certainly be considered a positive move by the Patrick/Murray administration.

Coppinger Connects with Brookline Seniors

On Tuesday, September 13th, Massachusetts State Representative, Ed Coppinger, paid his first visit to Goddard House Assisted Living in Brookline to meet his constituents there. On November 2, 2010, Coppinger was elected as State Representative for the 10th Suffolk District, which includes West Roxbury, three precincts of Brookline, and a small bit of Roslindale.

July 26th Selectmen Meeting to Address New Liquor License Regulations

The agenda for the July 26 Board of Selectmen’s meeting will include an informational update on proposed changes to liquor license renewals. Patty Correa, Brookline’s Associate Town Counsel will present the proposed regulation changes. There will then be a Public Hearing in September followed in October by the Selectmen’s vote to ratify the changes.

Town Administrator Saves Day

The Advisory Board voted last night to fund the Commercial Areas Coordinator position for the next fiscal year by a vote of 15-7.

New Voices and Incumbents Elected in Brookline

There were a few surprises in Brookline’s election yesterday despite the fact voter turnout was sluggish at best.

Tell AC Brookline Is No Shopping Mall

In the past three years, the Advisory Committee has voted four times on a $70,000 line item in Brookline’s approximately $230,000,000 budget. Tonight, the AC meets to discuss the topic again.

Advisory Subcommittee to Hold Public Hearing on Sunday Brunch Law

The Advisory Subcommittee has scheduled a public hearing tonight to address the question of Article 17 (extending legal hours for alcohol sales). The hearing will take place in Town Hall’s Room 310 at 6 pm, and the full Advisory Committee is expected to vote on the matter Tuesday or Thursday of next week.

Advisory Committee Votes to Fund Some Proposed Bike Projects

The Advisory Committee addressed the proposed Bike Lane projects during their meeting last night at Brookline Town Hall. The matter came up on the agenda at roughly 9:30 pm. Tasked with preserving or eliminating funding, the Committee voted somewhere in between.

Advisory Committee to Vote on Proposed Bike Lanes

Tonight at 7:30, the Advisory Committee will vote to preserve or eliminate $42,500 in funding three bicycle lane projects. The meeting will be held in room 103 of Town Hall on 333 Washington Street.

Brookline Advisory Board Votes Against Eliminating CAC Position

Brookline Town Administrator, Mel Kleckner recently presented an annual budget to members of the Advisory Board. The Advisory Board, all members of which are appointed, is tasked with reviewing and making recommendations on matters to be considered by a Town Meeting.

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