Forbes Hill Future Use Survey


                                                        Forbes Hill Future Use Survey

In November 2017 Town Meeting Members voted to purchase the Forbes Hill property located off of Upland Rd. The property consists of 27 acres of land and the historic 1915 Forbes Mansion. The purchase price was $13 million dollars. The board of Selectmen appointed the Forbes Hill Taskforce to conduct research on the property and make recommendation on the best future use of the property. The following public opinion survey is an opportunity for you to share your opinions on the future use of the property. Your opinions are important to the Selectmen, please take a few minutes to complete the survey and let your voice be heard. Information you might need to help you in your decision making can be found on the Town’s website and reading the Preliminary Development Feasibility Study: Forbes Hill. This can be found by looking under Departments; Planning & Economic Development; Plans & Studies. Before you begin, there are a few things you should consider as you are completing this survey. �‚� Residential Tax rate = $11.09 per $1,000 of value. �‚� Commercial Tax rate = $ 22.47 per $1,000 of value. The property is zoned Limited Manufacturing and would be taxed at the commercial rate. �‚� Currently the property is not being taxed because it is Town owned land.
SURVEY


Are you in favor of the following                                    YES                       NO

The Town keeping all 26 acres and the mansion.                                        

The Town selling all 26 acres and the mansion.                                           

 The Town keeping some of the land and the mansion,
but selling the rest of the land                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  
The Town keeping some of the land and selling the remainder with the
mansion                                                                                                     
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                                                              FUNDING
An increase in taxes will need to happen in order to hold on to the property, mansion, and any extended associated costs. How much of an increase would you be okay with given the fact that as a Town resident you are helping to choose the future use of the land?
                                                                                    YES                            NO
                                           $50                                                                    
                                         
$100                                                                   
                                         
$200                                                                         
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In order to keep the property, which of the following funding sources would you be in favor of?


 
YES  NO
 Debt exclusion override (proposition 2 ½)    
 Existing funds from Town Operating Budget    
Other Revenue Source, specify:    
 Residential uses are not currently allowed on this property. Would you be in favor of amending the property’s Zoning to include any or all of the following HOUSING options: