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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
 
Photo credit: www.mysouthborough.com
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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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Comments:

Iron Mike Farquhar

Self-inflicted wounds!

Bloated staffs, inflated payrolls, and voting for every feel-good liberal idea at Town Meeting.

Can NONE of you use a pocket calculator? Do you actually think money grows on trees, or in rich men's pockets? Or do you look at a street lined with homes or businesses – and see a row of bottomless ATMs?

We've been voting to fatten the public payroll for decades, in Town Meeting, - on Beacon Hill, and down in Washington. We have put so many on those payrolls – at such high salaries – that their retirements CANNOT be covered.

BTW, unions who years / decades ago won the right to handle their member's retirement funds – have ALSO UNDERFUNDED those accounts. Why do you think unions were so keen to see ObamaCare passed? They'd be 'off the hook' for their underfunded [looted / empty] retirement health plans.

Paul Boutiette

I couldn't agree more. I work hard for every dime as any good American should, but I cannot see where I, as a lowly wage earner and taxpayer, should pay a public employee 40 years of retirement wages after they work only 20 years, with health benefits to boot!

The fact is we cannot afford that for ourselves, and what we do put away, we fund that through Social Security withholding from our wages, yet we pay these fat retirement benefits for public employees, with the size of it growing all the while. This cannot go on forever. This balloon will eventually break, but not before we the taxpayer get skewered for lots more, because public employees are not going to let this "entitlement" go easily. It is far too lucrative for them.

At some point, our reluctant politicians will have no choice but to stand up for the public, else municipal bankruptcy shall result with cascading casualties, which may be welcome by many taxpayers in some cases.

Mary Battis

Uh, I am confused. Would the author please tell us why Bolton isn't on this list? Their tax rate is $20 compared to $16 for Harvard. Bolton is closer to Worcester than Harvard. What were the criteria used?

Stephen Quist

How any comparison can be made putting New Englands second largest city up against small towns is just incredulous.
There is absolutely nothing noteworthy about this list at all.
This list is like comparing apples to an orange.......
btw government employment is at all time lows so take your red herrings and go away........

Ken O'Brien

Southbridge managed to keep its reputation for a high tax rate. Monday night the town council approved a rate of $18.47 for 2013.

Edward Saucier

The article has three paragraphs. All contain intel about property tax rates for 16 towns/cities out of ? for all of central Mass. Then there's the rest of the state. How boring is that? Two of the comments are about floated pension funds, healthcare funds, unions bad, and a bunch of other tripe not even mentioned in the article. How stupid is that? Mike & Paul should try growing a brain.

The Median household incomes outside of Worcester aren't that bad. I don't think they should be worried about their tax rate? Maybe more concerned about overpriced home assessments?




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