How Does Your Community's Tax Rate Stack Up?

A chart of tax rates across the greater North Shore.

Interested in how your community's tax rate stacks up to the surrounding cities and towns on the greater North Shore? Here is a list of Fiscal Year 2012 tax rates, according to the Department of Revenue. 

Across the North Shore, tax rates fluctuate between the lowest at $10.11 in Manchester-By-The-Sea and the highest of $17.99 in Swampcott. The average residential tax rate, based on the numbers below, is $13.78.

Community Residential  Open Space  Commercial/Industrial Beverly $12.97 $12.97 $23.59 Boxford $14.09 0 $14.09 Danvers $13.92 0 $19.38 Georgetown $13.09 0 $13.09 Hamilton $17.32 0 $17.32 Ipswich $12.77 0 $12.77 Lynn $16.28 0 $32.82 Lynnfield $14.26 0 $15.56 Manchester By The Sea $10.11 0 $10.11 Marblehead $10.52 0 $10.52 Middleton $12.81 0 $12.81 Nahant $10.55 0 $10.55 Peabody $11.82 0 $22.43 Salem $15.63 0 $29.81 Swampscott $17.99 0 $33.41 Topsfield $15.45 0 $15.45 Wenham $17.89 0 $17.89


The following information was compiled using the Massachusetts Department of Revenue data last updated on 12/11/11.

john January 05, 2012 at 01:44 PM
I assume we are talking about Hamilton here: 1. Combine some services with Wenham, especially fire/police. 2. Implement suggestions from the school audit. 3. Get some more business in areas. 4. I am willing to be there are departements that can go, be combined, or be cut all together along with administrative positions. The problem is that town government along with state and federal have grown too big to a point where it is almost impossible to scale them back. It will be a fight to do so.
Robert Gates January 05, 2012 at 02:22 PM
Jay, let me give it a shot: Regardless of assessed value or tax rate, the total tax bill is driven by spending. Assessments are essentially a method (in principle) to fairly distribute the tax burden. Reducing spending is one way to reduce taxes. Another would seem to be to add new taxable property at a rate greater than the increase in spending. Those are two ideas (in the general sense) for starters.
Gean Bronson January 05, 2012 at 07:40 PM
A casino will only bring DOWN your property value and attract RIFF-RAFF to the area.
Don January 06, 2012 at 12:42 PM
I respect your opinion Gean. They already are proposing a "shopping mall" type building there, I believe it is approved though the contractor probably is in financial trouble. Kind of too slow getting going not to be. A casino is a trade off, the revenue will be huge and the infrastructure in our town will be very attractive. Plenty of money for things, but the big problem is how to isolate the riff raff from the town. They do this at Foxwoods very well with a large police force of their own. We would need to increase our police to deal with that. The casino owner I allude to is LOADED. He has enough money to purchase our town as rich as people are. He could fund that with his spare change. I would bet that the property values would increase in town, except those near the golf course or in that industrial park. Surely, they will oppose it, but this is America and the majority vote rules.
Bridget Russo January 06, 2012 at 05:54 PM
"It would be great if this table also included the annual budgets for the city or town broken down by police/fire, schools and other; then you would really see where all the money goes." absolutely!


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