Category: Concord

No representation without taxation? Part 2, the town’s pitch

17 May, 2010 (09:54) | Concord, Local issues, Massachusetts, Real estate taxes, Taxation, Theory |

By: David A. Smith   [Continued from yesterday's Part 1b and the preceding Part 1a.]   In the two parts just completed in this extended post, we’ve seen, as profiled in a Boston Globe article, that the Town of Concord failed to persuade its eminent non-profit organizations to come across with any meaningful money for voluntary […]

No representation without taxation? Part 1b, better excuses

14 May, 2010 (11:06) | Concord, Local issues, Massachusetts, Real estate taxes, Taxation, Theory | 1 comment

By: David A. Smith   [Continued from yesterday's Part 1a.]   Yesterday, I started digging into the Town of Concord’s remarkable letters to all of its non-profits, asking them to cough up to-be-determined payments in lieu of taxes (PILOTs) to the town:   Taxing non-profits? Why didn’t I think of that?   The Boston Globe […]

No representation without taxation? Part 1a, the excuses

13 May, 2010 (10:29) | Concord, Local issues, Massachusetts, Real estate taxes, Taxation, Theory |

By: David A. Smith   There you are, minding your own business in your community, when a letter arrives from an arm of your government.  It explains, in prose that begins mildly enough, that your government is fallen on hard times, and as such, it has concluded that it can best fill its fiscal hole […]