To the Editor:
I hope Watertown voters will vote yes on Question Five to join the 161 other Massachusetts Communities, including our abutting neighbors in Waltham, Belmont, Newton and Cambridge, that have adopted the CPA.
Watertown residents have contributed over $2 million to this fund for more than the past 12 years and have helped lots of other communities. While I like these other towns and cities, and in fact I represented all or part of every one of the above listed communities in the legislature, I would like to see Watertown benefit like other communities have! In fact, the CPA has been so successful that NOT ONE community out of 161 has ever repealed it.
There is a cost of approximately ten dollars per month for the average homeowner, with exemptions for low and moderate income folks, but the state provides matching fund of varying percentages thereby making it a good deal for communities.
As a Swampscott Selectman, our Republican Governor Charlie Baker voted to put the Community Preservation Act on the ballot. And at a CPA anniversary event, he said, “It’s obviously been a major success.”
The bottom line is that I want to see our contributions help Watertown fields, playgrounds, historical sites and community housing.
Those who say that this is “not the time” are speculating about what is right today based on what may or may not come up down the road. I am convinced that Watertown voters are smart enough to make informed decisions on the merits as questions arise. Indeed, I think that is the only way to vote in a democracy. Thank you!
(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.)