Tired Of A Dual Tax Rate? – Come And Be Heard! BOS Meeting 11/15/16

The Sudbury Board of Selectmen will hold a public hearing on Tuesday, November 15, 2016, at 7:45 p.m. in the Lower Town Hall, 322 Concord Road, Sudbury, to determine what percentage of the local tax levy will be borne by each class of real and personal property relative to setting the Fiscal Year 2017 tax rate.

The Sudbury Chamber of Commerce has suggested the Selectmen support a return to a single tax rate. Many towns have been gradually shifting more of the tax burden away from business owners in recent years.

Sticking with two rates — one for residential property and a higher rate for commercial and industrial property — caused bills to business property owners to climb thousands of dollars in fiscal 2016.

Communities that employ dual tax rates are at a disadvantage in attracting new business and retaining existing business to our town. Neighboring single-rate communities, such as Acton, Concord, Wayland and Weston, are much more attractive to businesses looking to buy property or rent. It costs a small company several thousand dollars more annually to own or rent a property in Sudbury, rather than in neighboring towns, because of the dual rate. And that hurts residents, who would see their tax burden lessen if more businesses were to locate in the town, according to all studies.

Furthermore, small businesses are at a disadvantage under a dual tax rate system that is less of a burden to larger businesses. This discourages start-ups that create competition and provide needed jobs and services that maintain the “local” flavor of our town.

Reverting to a single rate has proved painless for many other communities and has helped to revitalize their commercial market. A split tax rate sends a signal that a community is less interested in their business sector.

Read the Board of Selctmen’sTax Classification Hearing notice.

A Message From SMILE Mass…

Dear Chamber of Commerce Members,

I would like to thank the Chamber of Commerce for giving me the opportunity to speak on behalf of SMILE Mass earlier this month. It was so nice to meet so many of you. I know that several of you know Lotte as the face of SMILE Mass. She is sorry that she couldn’t make it that evening, but that was good luck for me.

To those of you that chose to sponsor SMILE Mass, I send a sincere thank you. Some of you have received a proof of your banner by now. If you haven’t, please know that our graphic designer is working on it and we will get it back to you as soon as possible.

If you are interested in sponsoring SMILE Mass, the sponsorship options are attached. The $250 sponsorship is our most popular and gets you a lot of exposure for your money. Please know that SMILE Mass will only ask for a sponsorship once a year, so if you choose to sponsor us now, you will not be asked again until Fall of 2017.

Our Gobble Wobble Road Race is coming up quickly on November 19th. If you would like to have a banner at that event, please send over your sponsorship form and logo as soon as possible. We need time to create your banner, send it back to you for approval and have time to get it printed. We can make arrangements to pick up the payment later.

For those of you who were not able to attend the meeting when I spoke, also attached is a copy of our postcard, which is a quick overview of what we have accomplished and what we are currently working on.

If you have any questions on what we do or the sponsorship options, I would be happy to talk with you.

Susan Brown

2016 postcard back

2016 postcard front

Sponsor Opportunities Information (PDF)

Meadow Walk Project Vote Monday, June 13 at 7:30 at the LS Auditorium

The Meadow Walk project will be the redevelopment of the former Raytheon site. Last Tuesday night the Board of Selectmen unanimously approved the Development Agreement for the project (which includes several monetary contributions to the town – like $500K for fields, $100K for the Senior Center transportation needs, $850K for improved technology in Sudbury schools and municipal buildings, and $2 million in traffic improvements to Route 20, among other items). So in addition to getting a great project, the town also gets funds to mitigate impacts and improve town infrastructure. See the press release from Sudbury’s town web site for all the terms and contributions in the agreement.

The Board of Selectmen also unanimously voted to support all three Special Town Meeting articles for the project that will be voted on this coming Monday, June 13 at 7:30 at the LS Auditorium. We urge you to attend Special Town Meeting this Monday at 7:30 at the High School.

Here is the warrant: articles 1, 2 and 3 deal with the project, and note the map, it’s a good picture of what we’ll all be voting on: https://sudbury.ma.us/townmeeting/warrant_06-13-16_vf2/.

The vote on Monday, June 13 2016 is just for the Whole Foods, village-style retail, memory care facility and age-restricted condominiums. The adjoining 40B housing development is being permitted under a separate process before the Zoning Board of Appeals.

Here is a link to the ad that will run in the Town Crier this week: http://www.meadowwalksudbury.com/join-us/

May Meeting Followup: Protect Sudbury News And Information!

13220651_1067553613316559_7315888663604046193_oOn Tuesday May 10th Jim Gish who is a 23 year resident of Sudbury and serves as the Director of Environmental Outreach for Protect Sudbury, presented to members of the Chamber of Commerce and residents of Sudbury the Eversource proposal to construct a new 115-kilovolt (kV) transmission line between Sudbury and Hudson, Ma and the negative effects it will have on the town.

The Protect Sudbury mission is to prevent the installation of high voltage transmission lines through Sudbury by building awareness, by recruiting and organizing thousands of concerned neighbors, business owners and friends and by obtaining their support.

The proposed project would run a new line between the Eversource substation in Sudbury, near Buddy Dog on route 20, and the Hudson Light and Power substation in Hudson, passing through our neighborhoods, our business district, and conservation lands of Sudbury, Marlborough, Stow, and Hudson.

This project would consist of 8.9 miles of both overhead and underground line. The 7.6-mile overhead portion would be located within an existing Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) railroad bed that runs through Historic Districts, Sudbury neighborhoods as well Conservation areas. The underground portion is proposed for Hudson only. The above ground portion will be built on monopoles 75’ to 105’ tall.

Tuesday nights event was well attended and very informative. To learn more about Protect Sudbury and the Eversource project, please visit www.ProtectSudbury.org. We invite you to learn more about the Sudbury Chamber of Commerce. Please visit our website, www.Sudbury.org or email us.

Below is a map of the proposed project:


Reminder – Summer Social Sponsored by The Sudbury Chamber of Commerce (everyone welcome!) – 7/28/15

Event: Summer Social sponsored by The Sudbury Chamber of Commerce (everyone welcome)

Date: Tuesday, July 28th

Time: 7pm-9pm

Place: 29 Sudbury Restaurant – 29 Hudson Rd. – Sudbury, MA 01776 – 978-443-1700

Cost: $10 (All proceeds go directly to pay for the 4th of July Parade which is 100%  funded by the Sudbury Chamber of Commerce)

Network with other local business owners and residents  in a cool place with great food and drinks. Complimentary hors d’oeuvres and cash bar.