Residency Requirements Redux

I’m sure I could have a “residency requirements redux” post every year, because the City Council always brings it up, so expect a “residency requirements redux redux” post next year.

I don’t have a lot to mention that’s new this year, but it’s always worth remembering that the same issues that were mentioned at the May 28 meeting (see “Council rekindles residence issues”, T&G  May 29), and at every meeting where a residency requirement is discussed, occur in the municipalities where there are existing residency requirements.

That is, unless anything has changed — and I don’t believe it has —  teachers, firefighters and police are exempt from Boston’s residency requirementsDitto Springfield.  So while I appreciate the angst we periodically experience about city residency, unless there’s a different plan beyond “but Boston does it” and a willingness to talk about how much this is worth to us, in dollars (as Councilor Lukes said), we’ll just keep talking about this year after year.

But how’s that auditor search coming?

7 thoughts on “Residency Requirements Redux

  1. epb says:

    while you’re at it, please lookinto the silliness of the resident permit parking.

    Like the # of nonrelated adults limited to THREEE, this too is an attempt during one politician;s era to clamp down on college students

    the main problems with resident parking permits are that they are too strict:

    1) student must live in Worcester (and all licenses, car insurance, car registry has to reflect that)

    2) most students don’t even have their car registered in their own names; it is usually a parent

    3) insurance outside of Worcester is cheaper usually

    As a result, the RPP gets ignored. College kids park anywhere they feel. And they rightfully feel discriminated against because–for the most part–the RPP is about anti student legislation.

    A more sound approach would simply be a $200-400 fee at the beginning of the school season (august 1).

  2. Tracy says:

    They’re also using the resident permit parking to push out teachers and parents parking around our (urban, thus lacking in parking) public schools, too.

    • Sprout says:

      Is the reason there is not enough teacher parking because the schools predate the automobile? Or because teachers used to live in the neighborhoods they taught in and therefor walked to work?

      • Joe says:

        Well, the new Gates Lane school (currently the one with all the headlines surrounding the parking problems) certainly does not predate automobiles. The current building replaced the old one sometime in the 1990s.
        I don’t know how many more students (an thus, teachers) than the old one the new building supports , but it seems like poor planning not to have foreseen the requirements of one car per teacher and enough space to loas school busses.

  3. Joe says:

    I was suprised when I read the T&G article about how many administrators (who are supposedly “required” to be residents) have waivers or are grandfathered in.
    I seem to recall for both employees required and not required to be residents, the percentage of residents is just over 52%.

    • Joe says:

      Just rechecked the article- it was 55% of regular employees are residents (not required) and 57% of employees who are required to be residents actually are.

  4. gayle says:

    back to tax=residents
    Nicole or anyone -Has Worcester residents ever try to get some tax burden off them like they do in Boston -see below -a tax reduce for all owner occupied residence – (it produces better neighborhood,cleaner sts. less police ,an enticement to live there etc,etc)
    Residential Exemption

    Since 1983, the City of Boston has offered a residential exemption to homeowners that occupy their property as the principal residence.

    Taxpayers who own and occupy their home can save on their tax bill by having a portion of their tax bill exempted from taxation. To qualify for the residential exemption, homeowners must own and occupy their home on January 1 preceding the start of the fiscal year.

    The value of the exemption is subtracted from the total full valuation. The fiscal year residential exemption is 30% of the average value of all residential property in the City.

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