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City Council preview – 3/7/17 meeting

Thinking of attending the March 7 City Council meeting at 7 p.m. at City Hall? Here’s a look at some of the more eye-catching items on the agenda. The full document is here. This week is a City Council Agenda.

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Homeowners win another Tom Quinn round in tax rate debate

The homeowners appear to be gaining power, as for the second year in a row, the City Council shifted responsibility for the city’s property tax fulfillment to businesses – this time with a wider margin of victory. The impact for everyone will be lessened, though, by a budget maneuver that will alter previously conservative projections from another revenue stream, saving the city’s taxpayers, collectively, nearly a half-million dollars this year.

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Research Bureau focuses on risks of increasing revenue estimates

The Worcester Regional Research Bureau has weighed in on a budget maneuver that would save taxpayers money this year by increasing the optimism of revenue estimates, saying “past performance is not an indicator of future success” and urging caution when assuming local receipts will continue to remain high.

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Clive McFarlane: Single tax-rate debate takes dual paths

Given the timbre of our politics during President Barack Obama’s tenure in the White House, it is not news to most of us that the communal spirit necessary for a democratically elected body to govern responsibly has been hijacked by selfishness and personal agendas.

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