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Clive McFarlane: Worcester trying to balance tax options

The Worcester Research Bureau backs a single tax rate for the city’s commercial and residential properties. If you are looking to develop a business in the city, or to relocate one here, that proposed tax initiative should be appealing. That is the case the Research Bureau makes in a November report titled “Tax Classification: Passing the Buck$.”

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Worcester’s split tax rate doesn’t add up

A few weeks before the Worcester City Council goes into its annual exercise of setting the property tax rates, the Worcester Regional Research Bureau released a report in mid-November detailing the pitfalls of the city’s split rates for residential and commercial payors, a system first introduced in 1984 as a response to Proposition 2 ½.
The report “Tax Classification: Passing the Buck$” makes a strong case for a single tax rate.

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As I See It: Ending the tug-of-war over property taxes

The Worcester Regional Research Bureau’s latest report, Tax Classification: Passing the Buck$ – Ending the Tug-of-War Among Worcester Taxpayers, explores the influence of property tax rates on Worcester’s residential, commercial, and industrial properties.

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As I See It: The Worcester Plan — Education initiative for the city’s future

Worcester’s future success is directly related to the quality – and perceived quality – of its system of public education, as well as the belief that if we establish the best urban school system in America, success will be ensured. Quality public education stimulates economic opportunity, grows our tax base, improves the quality of life for all of our citizens, provides a highly educated next generation of Worcester citizens, and fulfills our most important obligation to our children.

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Sununu talks ‘local politics,’ and Trump

WORCESTER – He’s a New Hampshire guy who came to national prominence as chief of staff in the George H.W. Bush White House and then as the co-host of CNN’s “Crossfire.” But former New Hampshire Gov. John H. Sununu came south to Worcester Thursday night to discuss the adage “all politics is local” and found it to be a challenge.

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