Your Thoughts About Taxes

Neither snow nor sleet stops taxes. Many of you weighed in on the issue of taxes in Foxborough in between shoveling. The Weekly poll posed four issues regarding local property taxes in Foxborough and the Town’s tax base.

Two-thirds of respondents (66.0%) agreed or strongly agreed that the balance between residential and commercial sectors is about right. However, 21% disagreed, and another 13% strongly disagreed.

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During the holiday season, several respondents suggested we ask about taxes and senior citizens. The Weekly Poll inquired about whether Foxborough should assist needy senior citizens with property taxes. Nearly three-quarters (74.2%) of respondents agreed and strongly agreed that needy senior citizens should be assisted with property taxes.

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The question as to whether Foxborough should rely more on the commercial and industrial sectors for real estate taxes was supported by three-quarters of respondents (76.2%), with over one-third (35.4%) strongly agreeing. One in five respondents (20.2%) of respondents disagree, and 3% strongly disagreed with increased reliance on the commercial and industrial sectors.

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The Weekly Poll asked your thoughts regarding Route 1 and whether Route 1 is an opportunity for Foxborough to increase its property taxes. Respondents overwhelmingly strongly agreed (62.6%) and agreed (33.3%) for a total of 95.9% of respondent viewing Route 1 as an opportunity for additional property tax growth.

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The responses to the Weekly Poll are informing the completion of the Foxborough Master Plan. So come join the discussion on Thursday evening, January 29th at the Route 1 Workshop being held at the Boyden Library, 10 Bird Street.

The Weekly Poll is sponsored by the Foxborough Planning Board and the Foxboro Reporter.

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Route 1 Workshop this Thursday, January 29th

The Route 1 Workshop is this Thursday, January 29th at the Boyden Library. The Route 1 Workshop will examine the role of Route 1 in Foxborough and how to support growth and development along Route 1 that complements the Town of Foxborough.

During the first phase of the master plan process, the desire to keep Foxborough’s small town ambiance and character of Foxborough intact was strongly voiced. Balancing growth and development along Route 1 while protecting the character of Foxborough is one of the planning challenges that will be explored at the Route 1 workshop.

So come join the discussion, Thursday evening, January 29th at the Boyden Library, 10 Bird Street. All are welcome.

The Route 1 Workshop is sponsored by the Foxborough Planning Board.

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Taxes, taxes, taxes

foxborough_6x4_postcard_FRONTThis week, the Weekly Poll is inquiring about the Foxborough tax base. Local real estate taxes are the major source of revenue for Town operations, including schools. Today, the 2014 residential tax rate in Foxborough is $14.99 and the commercial tax rate is $17.09 per thousand dollars of assessed valuation. In 2012, the Town adopted a split tax rate, one rate for residential and a higher rate for commercial property owners. Since the adoption of the split tax rate in 2012, the residential tax rate has increased 9.2%, the rate for industrial, commercial and personal property has increased 15.0%.
Foxborough has the third lowest tax rate amongst its neighboring communities. Only Plainville and North Attleborough are lower. Mansfield, Norfolk, Sharon, Walpole and Wrentham have higher residential, as well as higher commercial tax rates than Foxborough.
Local property taxes generated from residential comprise 72.8% of the overall tax levy in Foxborough. Commercial and industrial properties consist of 22.3% of the levy and the remaining 4.9% is from personal property. The levy differences reflect that most land and building in Foxborough is used for residential purposes or open space.

Click here to take the Weekly Poll on taxes and Foxborough’s tax base.

 

Don’t forget:  all responses must be submitted by next Monday, January 26th by midnight.

In addition to taking the Weekly Poll online, you can also drop your response in one of the Weekly Poll boxes at Foxborough Town Hall, the Senior Center, the Boyden Library, the Foxboro Reporter, the Foxborough Planning Board office, or the Foxborough Public Safety Building at 8 Chestnut Street.

The Weekly Poll is sponsored by the Foxborough Planning Board and the Foxboro Reporter.

Save the Date:  Thursday, January 29th

Please come to the Route 1 Workshop at the Boyden Library, 10 Bird Street,  this coming Thursday, January 29th at 7 pm. 

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Restaurants & Liquor Licenses — Your Opinion

Last week, the Weekly Poll queried your thoughts about restaurants and liquor licenses, particularly as to geographically allocating new liquor licenses. Many communities in eastern Massachusetts have sought additional liquor licenses to spur the development of additional restaurants to add vitality to commercial areas.

The Weekly Poll asked whether you agree or disagree with the concept of allocating new liquor licenses by geographic areas in Foxborough. Nearly three-quarters (74.1%) of persons responding indicated that this was a good approach by agreeing or strongly agreeing. Nearly half of respondents (47%) strongly agreed with allocating liquor licenses by geography. 9.4% of respondents strongly disagreed with allocating liquor licenses by geography.

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A second statement in last week’s poll focused on liquor licenses in Downtown Foxborough. Many have advocated for a stronger downtown commercial area, including restaurants, so the Weekly Poll asked for your thoughts about allocating liquor licenses for Downtown. Overall, most (60.7%) respondents favored (agreed and strongly agreed) that some liquor licenses should be allocated for Downtown restaurants. However, a sizeable number of respondents, 33.7%, strongly disagreed.

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Weekly Poll: Restaurants and Liquor Licenses

foxborough_6x4_postcard_FRONTThis week we are asking about restaurants and liquor licenses. Click here for this week’s Weekly Poll.
Communities in Massachusetts are allocated liquor licenses as to population. In the past several years, many Massachusetts communities have sought additional liquor licenses to encourage the development of restaurants as part of downtown revitalization or encouraging new development. This approach has been detailed in the Boston Globe South Weekly reporting last year.
Some towns, including neighboring Mansfield, have policies of geographically allocating new liquor licenses, so as to assure a distribution of restaurants throughout the community. There are four major commercial areas (the growth nodes) in Foxborough: Route 1; Chestnut-Green; Downtown; and Route 140 (Foxboro and Foxfield Plazas). Liquor licenses were a frequent topic suggested by you several weeks ago in the Bonus Question. Thank you. Click here to take The Weekly Poll.

With the Martin Luther King holiday schedule, all responses must be submitted by next Tuesday, January 20th by midnight. You can respond online at www.FoxboroReporter.com, or www.FoxboroughMasterPlan.com. Or you, can drop your response in one of the Weekly Poll boxes at Foxborough Town Hall, the Senior Center, the Boyden Library, the Foxborough Public Safety Building at 8 Chestnut, the Foxboro Reporter, or the Foxborough Planning Board office. You can also respond on line at www.FoxboroughMasterPlan.com. A new questions comes out every Thursday. The Weekly Poll is sponsored by the Foxborough Planning Board and the Foxboro Reporter.

Take the Weekly Poll, by clicking here.

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Save the Date: Route 1 Workshop

The Foxborough Planning Board as part of the completion of the master plan is hosting a workshop on Route 1 on Thursday evening, January 29th at the Boyden Library at 10 Bird Street. All are welcome!

 
During the development of the Economic Development element, the Planning Board determined it would be helpful to take a closer look at Route 1. Route 1 is one of the four growth nodes in Foxborough, and generates much of the commercial tax base.
The purpose of the Route 1 workshop is to take a more intensive look at Route 1 examining its role and function in the Town, as well as addressing how to create opportunities for both small and large property owners and businesses for growth and expansion that is desired and compatible with the Town.

 
So come join the discussion and help plan for the future of Route 1 in Foxborough on Thursday, January 29th at 7 pm at the Boyden Library, 10 Bird Street, Foxborough.

The vision for Route 1 developed in the initial phases of the Master Plan follows:
Route 1 has many faces – Foxborough’s front door; a world-class athletic attraction with dining and entertainment; nationally and regionally-recognized businesses and services; corporate offices and retail services; natural areas and open space. In addition, Route One is home to a variety of distribution-related businesses and services capitalizing on easy access to I-495, Providence and Boston.

 
The vision for the Route One Node reflects the Town’s self-image as a family –oriented community that values natural areas and open space, quality jobs and businesses. Route One should be a high-quality front-door to Foxborough, that is well-designed, serves the region and Foxborough while maintaining the balance with nature and development, with minimal intrusion in the day-to-day residential life of Foxborough capitalizing on rail and highway access.

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The Weekly Poll: Spurring Restaurant Development & Liquor Licenses

foxborough_6x4_postcard_FRONTCommunities in Massachusetts are allocated liquor licenses as to population. In the past several years, many Massachusetts communities have sought additional liquor licenses to encourage the development of restaurants as part of downtown revitalization or encouraging new development. This approach has been detailed in the Boston Globe South Weekly reporting last year.
Some towns, including neighboring Mansfield, have policies of geographically allocating new liquor licenses, so as to assure a distribution of restaurants throughout the community. There are four major commercial areas (the growth nodes) in Foxborough: Route 1; Chestnut-Green; Downtown; and Route 140 (Foxboro Plaza and Foxfield). So this week’s poll is asking about liquor licenses. (Liquor licenses was a frequent topic suggestion from you several weeks ago in the Bonus Question. Thank you.) Please note that any new liquor licenses in Foxborough would require Town Meeting approval, as well as authorization by the State Legislature. But the Weekly Poll wants to know what you think about liquor licenses for restaurants.  Click here to take the Weekly Poll.

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Your Observations on Speed and Streets

There is a wide range of opinion in Foxboro about the appropriate speed of cars on local residential streets. Although the highest ranking category was leaving the speed limit for local residential streets, this option garnered only 29.2% of respondent’s support.   Over a quarter of respondents (26.0%) indicated that the focus should be on creating more and safer sidewalks as well as an education campaign about bicycle safety.

Over one-third of respondents favored lowering the speed limit on local residential streets. This included 15.6% of respondents desiring a 25 mph speed limit, and another 18.8% favoring a reduction of the speed limit to 20 mph so as to minimize injuries from accidents.

About one in ten respondents (10.6%) indicated that changing the speed limit would make little difference, since enforcement is limited.

You can see the results in the graphic below.

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This Week: Streets & Speed

foxborough_6x4_postcard_FRONTThis weekly we are thinking about streets, safety, and vehicle speed and want to know your opinion about local, neighborhood streets in Foxborough. Click here for the Weekly Poll.
Based on the distances between houses in Foxborough, about half the town is considered “urbanized” under Massachusetts speed laws. The maximum speed in these so-called “urbanized” areas is 30 mph.

Several years ago, a bill to reduce the 30 mph to 25 mph in urbanized areas was debated in the state legislature. More recently, communities across the country are enacting “twenty is plenty” speed limits in neighborhoods. This is in large part because the odds of serious injury to pedestrians and bicyclists are reduced 88% when the speed limit drops from 30 to 20 mph.   So click here for this week’s question on streets and speed.

Please remember all responses must be submitted by next Monday, January 12th by midnight. You can also respond online at www.FoxboroReporter.com. Or you, can drop your response in one of the Weekly Poll boxes at Foxborough Town Hall, the Senior Center, the Boyden Library, the Foxboro Reporter, or the Foxborough Planning Board office. You can also respond on line at www.FoxboroughMasterPlan.com. A new questions comes out every Thursday. The Weekly Poll is sponsored by the Foxborough Planning Board and the Foxboro Reporter.

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Preferences of Highway & Commercial Corridors

Last week, the Weekly Poll conducted a mini-visual preference survey on images of highway and commercial corridors. The results are in and Weekly Poll respondents expressed clear preferences.
The first question asked about the preferred image for a Highway Corridor. 79.1% of respondents, almost four out of every five people, preferred this image.

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The second question on images asked about the preferred image for a commercial corridor. The results were more mixed and are shown in the chart at the end of this post.  The two most highly preferred commercial corridor images were B and D. Nearly half (45.7%) of Weekly Poll respondents indicated that they preferred the following image of a commercial corridor.

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Over one-third (36.3%) of respondents indicated a preference for Image D under Commercial Corridors, which is shown below.

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Commercial Corridor Image D

 

 

 

 

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