To the editor,
I’m an elderly woman living on a very fixed income. I make just above the limit to qualify for any subsidy.
My rent went up $60 per month this past year. It’s been announced that property taxes will go up between 6 and 10 percent. The building I live in is not owner occupied, so I expect my landlord’s tax increase will be on the higher end. Well that means my rent will go yet again.
Question # 5, the CPA, would raise my landlord’s taxes on top of rate increases announced by Town. While someone who lives in home they own can go through the lengthy, tedious, and invasive process of applying for an exemption, I as a renter cannot.
There has been a lot of talk about affordable housing needs in Watertown. Well the CPA certainly won’t make my housing more affordable. Quite the opposite. It may mean I have to move out of Watertown and pay for all the expenses that entails. Not to mention I love living in Watertown, having moved here years ago from Cambridge. I don’t want to have turn my already complicated life around.
The CPA is completely unfair to anyone in my shoes. I’m voting No on Question #5 and pray the Town rejects this unnecessary tax increase.
Mt. Auburn Street
(Editor’s Note: the last letters about the Nov. 8 election will be run on Sunday Nov. 6, and must be submitted by Saturday, Nov. 5 at 5 p.m.)