Tuesday, August 09, 2005

CPA Web Activism

Via h2otown.

A group of Watertown citizens have started up a new website as a clearinghouse for information on support for the Community Preservation Act here in town. I can't say I'm a big fan of their use of frames, but the information there is great.

Here are some facts I learned from the State's CPA Website: The state gave over $30 million to 61 cities and towns in 2004. That amounts to around $4.85 for every man, woman and child in the Commonwealth. By my crude calculations, Watertown's share of that is nearly $160,000. That's money we're spending to subsidize places like Cambridge, Nantucket and Cohasset and getting zilch in return. Maybe it's just me, but I'd like to get more out of my taxes than the five units of affordable housing in Newburyport that money pays for.

You can read my previous posts on the CPA here and here.