Barbara Anderson, Voice of Limited Taxation in Massachusetts, Dies

The longtime executive director of Citizens for Limited Taxation who successfully lobbied for tax cuts in Massachusetts has died. Barbara Anderson was 73.

CLT Communications Director Chip Faulkner told the Boston Globe that Anderson died Friday of leukemia.

Anderson is remembered for backing Proposition 2 ½, which capped property tax increases to 2.5 percent of fair market value. It overwhelmingly passed in November 1980, less than four months after Anderson took the helm at CLT, in Marblehead.

She joined CLT in 1977 as a volunteer, inspired by her then-husband's opposition to a ballot initiative backing a graduated income tax. She was hired in 1978.

Anderson grew up in St. Mary's, Pennsylvania, and briefly attended Penn State.

She is survived by a son, two grandchildren and her partner, Chip Ford.

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