Mayor Brian Arrigo announced a series of community meetings this fall, aimed at educating Revere voters about Question 1, which would lower approximately 1,000 Revere seniors’ property tax bills. The approval of Question 1 would give the city a chance to create and test a process for validating residency when a city-wide 10% property tax exemption is put in place. Arrigo sees the passage of this question as the first step to implementing his 2015 campaign promise to enact a 10% property tax exemption for Revere home-owners. Question 1 will be voted on in the November 7, 2017 election, and is the only question on the ballot.
“A tax exemption program is long in the making and I'm excited to talk to seniors and residents about the impact this could have on them and our city,” Arrigo said. “A residential tax exemption is a tool other nearby cities and towns have used to ensure homeownership remains affordable. I strongly urge voters to support this ballot initiative.”
In the coming weeks, there will be five meetings where residents can learn about the program and ask questions. These conversations will be important part of the communication process, where residents and community groups can provide feedback and ask questions.
“Residents of Revere are very active in our political process, which is great for keeping myself, the Council and School Committee accountable. They are also engaged and paying attention to the election in November, and it’s important to know that the City Council and School Committee isn’t the only thing on the ballot. Question 1 is an important part of our economic development strategy,” Mayor Arrigo said.
Under state law, implementing this tax exemption for senior citizens requires resident approval as a ballot question. Mayor Arrigo proposed this question earlier this year, and the City Council’s approval put it on this fall’s ballot.
You can find our more about Question 1 at the campaign’s website, RevereTaxRelief.com.
The community meeting schedule: