Walter Timilty files petition for legislation requiring parents who are exempt from property tax to reimburse a child’s school for tuition

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Walter Timilty files petition for legislation requiring parents who are exempt from property tax to reimburse a child’s school for tuition

Municipalities and Regional Government Public Hearing to take place Tuesday, September 14, 11:00 a.m. to discuss bill S.1365

An Act requiring a parent or guardian who is exempt from property tax to reimburse a child’s school for tuition .

Filed at Milton resident Gerard Burke’s request, this bill addresses the issue of Milton Academy sending over 40 students to the Milton Public Schools:

In a recent Milton Neighbors post, Burke argued, “The connection to funding public education falls mainly on the property tax. There is no direct or indirect tax payment made by Milton Academy in supporting Milton Public Schools.

At a very conservative estimate of $15,000 per student this is a hefty amount of $600,00.00. Milton Academy does not educate their faculty’s children before high school because it would be a loss of about $60,000 per student, the cost to send a child to Milton Academy. A total of $2.4 million dollars.

I would ask the Joint Com. to first amend the bill to pass the cost onto Milton Academy and not the faculty members as it is the Academy that owns the housing which is property tax exempt. I have advocated a change to the property tax exemption, S2004. Only a couple of us sent letters for the hearing in support of limiting the number of property exempt faculty housing to those who are truly and in fact “Essential” to the ed mission, like dormitory monitors.

I will attend the hearing if and only if several of the following come with me: several town meeting members; school committee members; select board members; warrant committee members; or, any other elected of members .I cannot do this alone. Of course you may on your own submit written testimony.

Attendance in support by elected officials, if you support may very well be an issue for re-election. At least for me when it comes time to vote. This will be a virtual hearing and below are the directions for participation. he public is invited to participate in this virtual hearing.”


Written Electronic Testimony is preferred and may be submitted via email to [email protected]. Those wishing to submit written testimony should include the bill number and the word “Testimony” in the subject line of the email and address comments to House Chair Rep. Lori Ehrlich and Senate Chair Sen. John Cronin.

Prior registration to present oral testimony is required. Those wishing to register must use this form no later than Friday, September 10th at 5 PM. Anyone wishing to testify on a panel should indicate that on the Google form. Persons who have registered will receive an email with instructions on how to join the hearing. Oral testimony will be limited to 3 minutes each.

View the latest information on Bill S.1365.

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