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From The Worcester Tree Initiative! Fill out the TREE survey!

Initial Estimates of Tree Health In!

More Responses Needed!

Last month we began sending out a survey concerning tree health to all of our tree recipients. Of the people who received the email about 10% have responded. Thus far our results are heavily weighted by recipients who report that their trees are doing very well, which we have happily been able to confirm in large part through an in person check with some respondents. But even if your trees aren’t doing well, we still want to hear from you. Each person’s experience helps us to learn more about how to improve our tree giveaway program.

So whether you came to the first giveaway at Burncoat High School on April 25, 2009, or the most recent giveaway at Worcester State University, or any of the giveaways in between we want to hear from you. It has been a joy to see the oldest trees really starting to take hold and getting big. It is also understandable that not every tree survives and we need that information as well. So please answer the survey if you haven’t already. On average it takes about 5 minutes to complete. Please follow the link below and fill in the information as well as you can.

And for those of you who have filled out the survey; thank you so much! Your input has been so valuable to our program. With it we’re coming to understand how well our trees are doing, what we’ve done well, and what we can change for the better.

Click on … Tree Condition Survey

STATE REP. DAN DONAHUE’S OFFICE HOURS

State Representative Daniel M. Donahue will host office hours next week in the following locations:

–                      Tuesday, December 10 from 11am-1pm at the Greenwood Gardens Apartments Community Room, 341 Greenwood Street.

–                      Wednesday, December 11 from 10-11:30am at the South Worcester Neighborhood Center, 47 Camp Street.

–                      Wednesday, December 11 from 12-1pm at the Addison Apartment Community Room, 2 Addison Street.

–                      Thursday, December 12 from 11-1pm at the Lafayette Place Community Room, 2 Lafayette Place.

Rep. Donahue encourages residents to attend these office hours with any questions about upcoming legislation or any personal matters. Drop-ins are welcome, but feel free to schedule a time with Rep. Donahue beforehand by calling 617-722-2006.

 

 

Miffed at TIFs yet?

From the Worcester City Manager’s Office – Public Information. A list of all companies who have gotten major tax breaks, courtesy of the City of Worcester … ultimately, the taxpayer.

Awefully disturbing. Many of these companies can give our city more dough. Yet the City of Worcester treats them as indigents.

Why?

Why act so desperately, Worcester? Why give it all away like that?

– R. Tirella

The list:

Beechwood HotelSquare footage constructed: 9,290
Jobs to be created: 16
Length of TIF: 10 years
Incremental value of TIF: $2,211,600
Estimated real estate taxes to be paid: $349,344
Estimated real estate taxes forgone in dollars and percentage: $285,827 / 45%
Estimated personal property taxes forgone in dollars and percentage: $35,000 / 100%

Unum GroupSquare footage constructed: 213,000
Jobs to be created: 50
Length of TIF: 15 years
Incremental value of TIF: $30,000,000
Estimated real estate taxes to be paid: $1,355,655
Estimated real estate taxes forgone in dollars and percentage: $13,225,059 / 90%
Estimated personal property taxes forgone in dollars and percentage: $182,967 / 100%

180 Main St. (new District Attorney’s office)
Square footage constructed: 22,500
Jobs to be created: 1
Length of TIF: 10 years
Incremental value of TIF: $3,318,100
Estimated real estate taxes to be paid: $552,132
Estimated real estate taxes forgone in dollars and percentage: $552,132 / 50%
Estimated personal property taxes forgone in dollars and percentage: $0* / 100%

50 Prescott St. (Gateway Park)Square footage constructed: 92,000
Jobs to be created: 22
Length of TIF: 16 years
Incremental value of TIF: $17,750,000
Estimated real estate taxes to be paid: $5,021,120
Estimated real estate taxes forgone in dollars and percentage: $4,430,400 / 47%
Estimated personal property taxes forgone in dollars and percentage: NA** / 100%

St. Vincent’sSquare footage constructed: 40,000
Jobs to be created: 22
Length of TIF: 15 years
Incremental value of TIF: $13,000,000
Estimated real estate taxes to be paid: $3,236,784
Estimated real estate taxes forgone in dollars and percentage: $4,840,651 / 60%
Estimated personal property taxes forgone in dollars and percentage: $4,970,730 / 100%

*The DA’s office is tax exempt
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