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MAYOR WU FILES LEGISLATION SEEKING PERMISSION TO INCREASE THE TAX BURDEN ON COMMERCIAL PROPERTIES

On Thursday, March 28, Mayor Wu announced her intention to file a Home Rule Petition with City Council allowing the City to lessen increases in residential property tax bills caused by declining commercial values by temporarily shifting more of the property tax levy onto owners of commercial and industrial properties. The proposal was filed this week with City Council for consideration at Wednesday’s Council Meeting.

On Friday, March 29, The Boston Globe Editorial Board chose not to endorse Mayor Wu’s proposal, and instead stated their agreement with NAIOP’s position, suggesting that the City consider diversifying revenue streams.

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Mayor Wu Announces Proposed Changes to Linkage and Inclusionary Development

On December 15, Boston Mayor Michelle Wu announced a set of proposals to make substantial changes to the City’s Inclusionary Development Policy (IDP) and the commercial Linkage Policy. The announcement also previewed the City’s intent to review proposed changes to the Article 80 permitting process with the goal of implementing clear timelines and predictability for projects.  

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COVID-19 UPDATE: MAYOR WU ANNOUNCES NEW VACCINE REQUIREMENT FOR CERTAIN INDOOR SPACES IN CITY OF BOSTON

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On December 20, 2021, Boston Mayor Michelle Wu announced that starting on January 15, 2022, all individuals 12+ will be required to show proof of one dose of vaccination against COVID-19 in order to enter certain indoor spaces in the City of Boston. Beginning February 15, individuals 12+ will be required to show proof of full vaccination. Workers employed in these locations will also be required to be vaccinated against COVID-19. Children 5-11 must show proof of one dose of COVID-19 vaccination beginning March 1, and full vaccination beginning May 1.

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