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The City of Somerville is currently negotiating a partnership agreement with Tufts University. Because Tufts is a non-profit organization that does not pay property taxes to the City, the partnership agreement details the voluntary contributions that Tufts agrees to make to the City of Somerville in return for the City services it benefits from like fire and police protection, snow removal, and street cleaning. The most recent partnership agreement between Somerville and Tufts University is available for here.

This is an important time for thinking together about how this agreement can bring the greatest benefits to our community. The City of Somerville wants to hear Somerville residents’ reflections on Tufts University and suggestions for what they would like to see in this agreement and why.

We hope you will complete the survey below and tell your friends and neighbors about it. Mayor Joseph Curtatone is also holding a community meeting on May 29 at 6:30 p.m. for anyone who would like to come in person to share thoughts. The meeting will be held at the West Somerville Neighborhood School at 177 Powder House Boulevard. All of the themes and key issues from this survey and the community meeting will be summarized (without attribution) for City staff in advance of the City’s conversations with Tufts, and that summary will become publicly available.

More information can be found at

Event Documents

Document Type Time Posted
Meeting Materials Jun 19, 2018, 12:19pm




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