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Article 18 seeks funding for the Town’s ongoing voluntary PFAS assessment efforts that began in 2020.
PFAS is a class of man-made chemicals which are used in firefighting foam and numerous everyday products, including nonstick cookware, grease-proof food packaging, personal care products, stain and water-resistant clothing, carpets, and furniture. For decades, these carbon-fluoride compounds were widely used for their water and oil repellent qualities and are resistant to breakdown.
Some PFAS has been found to accumulate in the human body and the food chain. The presence of PFAS in the environment (groundwater, surface water, soil, air, and food) is still poorly understood due to very limited testing. This article seeks $2,000,000 for the continuation of various projects, testing and studies.
The funding is subject to a Proposition 2 ½ debt exclusion vote in Question 8. The tax rate impact of an affirmative vote at Annual Town Meeting and Annual Town Election will mean the annual tax bill for a year-round property valued at $1,358,369 and which qualifies for a residential exemption will increase by approximately $4.73 for 20 years.
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