Joyce Palmer-Fortune

joyce_palmer-fortune.jpgJoyce Palmer-Fortune was re-elected June, 2012, to the Select Board of town of Whately MA. (Whately has a New England town meeting form of government, with a select board and town administrator). This is the start of her 2nd three-year term.

Joyce has previously served as Chair. The position rotates each year.

During her first term, Joyce strongly supported passing a solar by-law, and was instrumental in negotiating recurring payments to the town from a large commercial solar installations under the terms of the bylaw, setting a model for the state. She and Whatelyโ€™s other board members also successfully achieved, through local legislative and legal action, personal property tax payments from a multinational corporation that recently purchased a local manufacturing firm. โ€œWe insisted they pay their fair share of local taxes in support of our community, saving our town from serious budget cuts, layoffs, and property tax overrides," notes Joyce.

Joyce was interviewed at the 2012 Green Party National Convention in Baltimore:

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  • Isabel Espinal
    commented 2012-07-28 07:26:25 -0400
    Hi Joyce – I finally went in there and made those changes. Also added the video above.
  • Joyce Palmer-Fortune
    commented 2012-07-01 11:04:44 -0400
    oops – Just saw a typo –
    should be “a large commercial solar installation”, not plural “installations”
  • Joyce Palmer-Fortune
    commented 2012-07-01 11:02:24 -0400
    Should probably insert the word “Large Commercial” in front of solar installations, our bylaw doesn’t cover residential roof top or backyard type installations.

    Also, the bylaw was something I supported and spoke for at town meeting, but it was the PILOT agreement for payment to the town (in lieu of personal property tax) that I was instrumental in. Whately was one of the first towns in the state to take advantage of a new state law that let us do this. Not sure if anyone reading this would make the distinction, but I would say there was no one person instrumental in getting the bylaw passed, it was a large group (selectmen, planning board, town officials) and it was not difficult, no one in town was opposed.

    So long story short, maybe that last paragraph should read:

    “During her first term, Joyce strongly supported passing a solar by-law, and was instrumental in negotiating recurring payments to the town from a large commercial solar installations under the terms of the bylaw, setting a model for the state. She and Whately’s other board members also successfully achieved, through local legislative and legal action, personal property tax payments from a multinational corporation that recently purchased a local manufacturing firm. “We insisted they pay their fair share of local taxes in support of our community, saving our town from serious budget cuts, layoffs, and property tax overrides.”

    hope that’s not too long.
  • Isabel Espinal
    published this page in Elected Officials 2012-07-01 10:34:33 -0400