Action Item 7.4.1: Incentives to keep post-school-age households in town

Consider incentives to encourage seniors and empty-nesters to stay in Acton such as tax relief, preference in hiring for part time jobs with the Town, an adequate supply of smaller housing, and a new Senior Center. In Acton, households without school-age children generally pay more in taxes then they receive in services, so it can be financially advantageous for the town to encourage these households to stay, Also, when households spend more years in Acton, the web of connections between people within town is strengthened (Goal 3)
Priority: 
Highest
Timing: 
Medium-Term (complete by 2020)
Primary Inventory Element: 
Population and Housing
Lead Owner: 
Selectmen<i> </i>
Other Owners: 
Acton Community Housing Corporation
Acton Housing Authority
Council on Aging
Finance Department
Human Resources Department
Manager Department

Comments

In Acton, households without school-age children generally pay more in taxes then they receive in services, so it can be financially sound for the town to encourage these households to stay (goal 7.1) Also, when households spend more years in Acton, the web of connections between people within town is strengthened (goal 3) Not sure where or how to include this part of the committee analysis in the plan - it might belong here in the narrative for this action item.

I think this explanation is crucial to have in the plan somewhere, but it may get lost if it only shows up as narrative for this action item. It doesn't hurt to say it again though here, if that works.