Rolling Green Apartments, 204 units
In a college town where over half the housing units are rentals the sudden doubling of the Community Preservation Act tax to 3% combined with a whopping increase in property valuations at all the major apartment complexes will almost certainly lead to rent increases for the average consumer, many of whom can't afford to buy a home.
In a town with an average tax bill already one third higher than surrounding communities!
Back on May 5 when Amherst Town Meeting voted to put the CPA question on the ballot (but unlike the wording of the question shown to voters, did not vote yes to the increase) I pointed out to Town Meeting, overwhelmingly made up of homeowners, that Amherst is half owned by tax exempt entities -- mainly our institutes of higher education.
Thus the overburdened other half have to contribute more than their fair share to the town revenue stream. I also pointed out that the November elections would get less than a majority turnout and to me (and my Irish mother) that is not democracy.
Vince O'Connor, the main architect of the CPA tax increase, replied that in his 40 years experience in Amherst the November elections had never attracted less than a 50% turnout, and he was expecting this one not to go below 70-75%.
According to Town Clerk Sandra Burgess the recent election had a 37.8% turnout. The 2010 November election had a 45.39% turnout.