Say No to Local MA Regional Transportation Initiatives That Raise Taxes

Date: July 13, 2020

Proposal could mean a patchwork of tax rates across the state

The Massachusetts’ Senate Transportation bill includes a section allowing for Local and Regional Transportation Initiatives, also known as Regional Ballot Initiatives. These initiatives will permit municipalities to band together to create regional districts that will ballot citizens on whether to fund certain transportation projects. The funding mechanisms allowed under the bill will mean increasing the following types of taxes in the affected communities:

  • Sales Tax
  • Real or Personal Property Taxes
  • Room Occupancy Taxes
  • Vehicle Excise Taxes

If one of these initiatives passes, it could mean a patchwork of tax rates across the Commonwealth. Imagine the sales tax rate varying by the community, placing some municipalities at a competitive disadvantage with neighboring towns.

We ask that you contact your lawmakers asking them to reject the section in the Senate Transportation bill allowing for Local and Regional Transportation Initiatives. 

Contact your lawmakers and ask them to reject Section 5 of Senate Bill 2813


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