Salem Councilor at Large Thomas H. Furey, who advocated for the CPA, said voters “realized it was going to be a tax of $30 per household but . . . they used their best judgment and said it was an investment for the future.”
Michael D. Allen, a former School Committee member, opposed the question in Salem, as he did in 2007 when voters shot down a previous CPA proposal.
“I’m always disappointed when people vote to raise taxes,” he said. “I believe we do not have a revenue problem, we have a spending problem.”
The Somerville committee that advocated for a “yes” vote was elated by the outcome, according to Mary Cassesso, a member of the group.
“We . . . realized the economy was the number one issue and we heard a lot of grumblings about it,” she said of the proposed surcharge. “But we worked very hard and were organized and very united, and sent a strong message to people to take the time to know the issues.”
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