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Lunenburg Finance Committee Addresses Key Town Issues

Overview: The Lunenburg Finance Committee convened to deliberate on a spectrum of matters affecting the town, from infrastructure challenges and financial management to voter engagement and transparency in government operations. The discussion on infrastructure underscored the need to address the aging sewer system, with the potential costs and prompt action being a central concern. The committee also tackled the consolidation of town services and departments, the implications of uncounted votes in recent elections, and the necessity of long-term budget planning for the town’s fiscal health.

Overview: The Lunenburg Zoning Board of Appeals recently granted a special permit for a dimensional variation to homeowner Timothy J. Lin, allowing for the construction of a farmer porch as part of a larger addition to his property on Rolling Acres Road. The approval facilitates the addition without it appearing ‘towering’ or ‘odd’ within the neighborhood, thereby addressing concerns over maintaining the area’s character.

Overview: In a recent meeting, the Lunenburg School Committee voted against the increase in school choice slots, citing concerns over class sizes and the potential impact on students’ learning experiences. The decision followed a discussion about the benefits and drawbacks of accepting more students from outside the district, with particular consideration of the challenges for those with individualized education plans (IEPs) and Section 504 plans.

Overview: In a recent Lunenburg Select Board meeting, issues regarding the town’s financial operations and property tax assessments were at the forefront of discussions. The board tackled the significant tax increases for lakefront property owners, with an average hike of $3,590.64, in contrast to the nominal 82-cent increase for non-lakefront properties for fiscal year 2023. This disparity was attributed to incorrect property valuations linked to the pandemic’s impact on business practices in Massachusetts and years of bad data from the assessor’s office. The board cited inadequate supervisory controls and the use of an outdated index map for property groupings, which had not been updated for at least 15 years, leading to incorrect tax valuations.

Overview: The Lunenburg Board of Assessors meeting addressed the complexities of property tax deferrals, the development of a new website for the department, and the formation of a neighborhood review committee.

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