Property Tax Proposal “More of a Proactive Tool:” Jonathan Cohn

In a May 30th Boston Globe article about the Mayor Wu’s property tax proposal, Ward 4 secretary Jonathan Cohn explains that the policy, intended to protect residents from steep rent increases, is meeting “a very fiercely organized opposition from the commercial sector.” A “proactive tool,” the tax classification plan generates a “very heightened sense of urgency to prevent it from those who would have to pay for it,” Cohn states.

The article, written by Globe columnist Niki Griswold, coincides with the city council’s second hearing on the proposal. If passed, it would require approval from the state legislature before its July 31st session close. Griswold adds, “Even with the new tax policy in place, Wu admits, residential property taxes would be likely to still increase, just not as much as they would have otherwise.”

Graph: City of Boston, reprinted in The Boston Globe

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