Representation without taxation – Legislators asked for help with Devens
Nashoba Publishing Online, Posted: 05/01/2014 09:56:38 AM EDT
By M.E. Jones, Correspondent
HARVARD — Selectman Leo Blair told Sen. Jamie Eldridge and Rep. Jen Benson about an “interesting dynamic” the town may need their help with regarding Devens, where most residences are located within Harvard boundaries.
With Devens’ Grant Road slated for redevelopment, the new neighborhood could add 300 to 450 residents to the town’s registered voter list, Blair said. But no new taxes. Those voters could conceivably up town taxes without paying them, he pointed out.
Devens residents who live within Harvard borders are eligible to vote at Town Meeting and in town elections and to run for public office. But they don’t pay town taxes.