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slides: Highest Taxed Communities in Central Mass for 2013

Wednesday, December 05, 2012

 

The City of Worcester held its tax classification hearing on Tuesday night, and GoLocalWorcester looks at how the rates for the 2013 fiscal year stack up with other communities in the region.

Business and community leaders came together last week to present a unified front in supporting Line 185 from the City's tax rate table, which sets a residential tax rate of $18.58 and a commercial tax rate of $30.85, representing a 4 percent increase to each tax class. The City Council voted 9-2 to approve that rate, with Councilors Konnie Lukes and George Russell dissenting.

A few communities have yet to have their tax rates for FY2013 approved by the Massachusetts Department of Revenue's Division of Local Services. Southbridge was among the higher rates in FY2012, with $17.83 per $1,000 in assessed value for all types of property.Last year Shrewsbury had a flat tax rate of $11.11 per $1,000 of valuation. West Boylston also had the same rate for both residential and commercial property at $16.81. Leominster came in at $16.72 across the board in FY2012. In Marlborough, last year's residential tax rate was $14.80 and the commercial rate was $29.04. Northborough's tax rate was $15.49 for all properties, and Northbridge's rate was $12.81.

Editor's Note: The tax rate in Bolton for FY2013 was approved late yesterday. Due to its high ranking in the region, GoLocalWorcseter has made a late addition to its list. 

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16. Millbury

 

Residential Rate: $16.48
Commercial Rate: $16.48
 
Population: 13,261
Median household income: $67,448
Median housing price: $192,500
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15. Southborough

 

Residential Rate: $16.54
Commercial Rate: $16.54
 
Population: 9,767
Median household income: $140,184
Median housing price: $438,950
 
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14. Harvard

 

Residential Rate: $16.68
Commercial Rate: $16.68
 
Population: 6,520
Median household income: $141,274
Median housing price: $586,000
 
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13. Auburn

 

Residential Rate: $16.70
Commercial Rate: $23.43
 
Population: 16,188
Median household income: $71,375
Median housing price: $187,500
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12. Upton

 

Residential Rate: $16.72
Commercial Rate: $16.72
 
Population: 7,542
Median household income: $107,950
Median housing price: $350,000
 
Photo courtesy of John Phelan
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11. Ware

 

Residential Rate: $16.94
Commercial Rate: $16.94
 
Population: 9,707
Median household income: $51,094
Median housing price: $180,500
 
Photo courtesy of John Phelan
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10. Milford

 

Residential Rate: $16.95
Commercial Rate: $29.21
 
Population: 27,999
Median household income: $66,636
Median housing price: $199,000
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9. Hopkinton

 

Residential Rate: $17.32
Commercial Rate: $17.32
 
Population: 14,925
Median household income: $120,240
Median housing price: $419,750
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8. Holden

 

Residential Rate: $17.37
Commercial Rate: $17.37
 
Population: 17,346
Median household income: $88,405
Median housing price: $236,000
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7. Ashby

 

Residential Rate: $17.47
Commercial Rate: $17.47
 
Population: 3,074
Median household income: $80,143
Median housing price: $362,790
 
Photo courtesy of John Phelan
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6. Sturbridge

 

Residential Rate: $17.95
Commercial Rate: $21.38
 
Population: 9,268
Median household income: $71,607
Median housing price: $234,950
 
Photo courtesy of John Phelan
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5. Worcester

 

Residential Rate: $18.58
Commercial Rate: $30.85
 
Population: 181,045
Median household income: $45,036
Median housing price: $155,000
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4. Westborough

 

Residential Rate: $18.97
Commercial Rate: $18.97
 
Population: 18,272
Median household income: $96,069
Median housing price: $378,500
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3. Fitchburg

 

Residential Rate: $19.05
Commercial Rate: $25.26
 
Population: 40,318
Median household income: $47,019
Median housing price: $138,000
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2. Paxton

 

Residential Rate: $19.22
Commercial Rate: $19.22
 
Population: 4,086
Median household income: $100,333
Median housing price: $199,000
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1. Bolton

 

Residential Rate: $20.96
Commercial Rate: $20.96
 
Population: 4,897
Median household income: $125,741
Median housing price: $454,525
 
 

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