Preview: City Council agenda (December 20)

The Worcester City Council meets Tuesday at 7pm. The agenda is here.

This week: Mt. Carmel, Airbnb, property taxes. If you know of anyone else who’d like to get our weekly preview via email, the link is here.

  • Mt. Carmel: The diocese wants to shut down Our Lady of Mt Carmel parish, tear down their damaged church, and sell the land. Some parishioners are strongly opposed to this idea. This week, the Council has the opportunity to make the area a “historic district” as part of preventing the diocesan plan from happening.
  • Tax Rates: The discussion continues about what our 2017 tax rates for ‚Äúresidential, commercial, industrial and personal properties” will be. The Council has some control over this but many parameters are set by the state.
  • Airbnb: There are several items from the Economic Development Committee asking the Manager to report on options for taxing, regulating, and generally cracking down on “short term accessory rentals” aka Airbnb.
  • Buying Cable Boxes: Councilor Rosen has an item asking if Worcesterites can maybe just buy cable boxes, rather than renting them for $7/month. Our cable service in Worcester is from Charter, a monopoly they negotiate with the city government.

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