Avella: Rep Hall broke Prop 2 1/2 campaign promise

According to the Lowell Sun Representative Geoff Hall broke a 1992 campaign promise by voting for the senior citizen Prop 2 1/2 exemption (what I call the MassExodus Bill).

Paul Avella, of Littleton, pointed to a 1992 questionnaire in which the Westford Democrat said he was against making any changes to Proposition 2 1/2.

“There was a pledge to follow the will of the people, and this disassembling of Proposition 2 1/2 goes counter to the will of the people,” Avella, 53, said yesterday.

The bill would allow seniors 65 or older to apply for an abatement on their property taxes if they make $60,000 a year or less, provided the community approves it. The seniors would also have to ensure that their real-estate taxes exceed 10 percent of their receipts.

Hall supported the bill, which passed in the House last month.

Hall vowed he wouldn’t vote to change Proposition 2 1/2 in a 1992 questionnaire he filled out for the League of Women’s voters, adding that any changes should be done by referendum.

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