The Attleboro Land Trust recently held its annual fall fund drive for 2011. If you haven't donated recently, we hope you will support us with a contribution. Any contribution of $25 or more will also qualify you for a new or renewed membership for one year.
JOIN THE ATTLEBORO LAND TRUST.
IT ‘S GOOD FOR YOU!
1. PROMOTING A HEALTHY CITY
For every dollar of tax revenue from open space, it costs a municipality only 75 cents to provide services for that land. In great contrast, it adversely costs a city or town $1.32 in output to provide services to developed land for every $1.00 of taxes received. i.e., a municipality loses money on developed property in providing schools, fire, police, sewage, plowed streets, etc. to the houses. Like open space, agricultural lands contribute much more in revenues than they require in public service costs. Businesses decide to locate in communities that offer a high quality of life outside the workplace. Real estate industry analysts confirm that an abundance of open space, nearby recreation and pedestrian-friendly neighborhoods are a determining factor in real estate values and economic vitality. Sustainable development is planned development that includes proximity to open space.
*The Attleboro Land Trust works diligently to educate the community
about the benefits of protecting undeveloped land for a healthy, viable future.
2. FINANCIAL HEALTH FOR FAMILIES
A second important point Stephen Small presented was that by putting land in conservation easement, a family can protect the land they love and be financially better off by avoiding paralyzing inheritance tax at the time of death. They also pay lower property taxes during their lifetime. Mr. Small says that “Most people who donate conservation easements do so for three reasons: they love their land; they love their land; they love their land. If you care about your land, a conservation easement is the best tool we have for protecting that land and preserving it.” Landowners usually get a substantial current deduction from their federal income tax for gifts of land or development rights. Property owners who put their land in conservation easement are not only helping their community, but themselves.
*The Attleboro Land Trust is the local 501C3 non-profit that accepts
land and property development rights for the benefit of the landowners, their families
and for the entire community as open space, wildlife sanctuaries and outdoor classrooms.
3. BETTER PHYSICAL HEALTH & WELL-BEING FOR ALL OUR CITIZENS.
Everyone knows that leaves produce oxygen through photosynthesis, but open space and woods also provide other opportunities for healthy bodies and minds as recreation space and outdoor classrooms while safeguarding drinking water, clean air and wildlife. Keeping air and water clean through environmentally protective measures is almost always cheaper & easier than cleaning them up. There is also clear evidence that nature is restorative and therapeutic as a stress-reducer, a place for self-reflection and multi-generational activity, and as an opportunity to learn from and understand better the benefits of nature.
*The Attleboro Land Trust offers year-round access to nearly 300 acres of woodland.
Whether passing by or exploring the many pathways, the variety of natural settings provide islands of welcome relief amid the congestion of buildings and streets.
4. KEEPING THE ATTLEBORO LAND TRUST HEALTHY
What is healthy for the Attleboro Land Trust is healthy for you. The ALT is constantly building relationships with landowners who share our mission to protect and preserve open space in our community. We partner with others to promote smart growth in our community for the benefit of all, but we cannot do it without your membership. Become a member or renew your membership as the most cost-effective way of preserving what is irreplaceable once lost.
Help us control what happens in our own backyard.
Keep us healthy.
Join the Attleboro Land Trust TODAY.
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