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GBolton, Home Buyer in Westborough, MA

Westboro's residential property tax rate is one of the highest in MA. Why???

Asked by GBolton, Westborough, MA Tue Jun 25, 2013

There are lot more business in Westboro (than in Southboro, Hopkinton, Shrewsbury, etc.), but the residential tax is still higher than the neighbor towns.

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You should compare similar homes in surrounding communities to see the difference. Some towns have high tax rates but lower assessments, some have low tax rates but higher assessments. So look at similarly sized homes in other communities to compare. Also see what you get for your tax dollars. Every city/town has schools/police/fire/public works. But is trash picked up or do you have to go to a dump? How is snow removal handled? What is offered in Parks and Rec? How do the schools compare? Several of the many things that can affect tax rates and assessments.
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According to the town manager when asked a similar question about Westborough and other towns across the state with high tax bills: "While Westborough has a higher "tax rate" Weston has a much greater Average Single Family Tax Bill due to the values of homes. Tax Rates are only a mathematical equation dividing total assessed value by the amount of property taxes raised...

Average Single Family Tax Bill is a much better comparison since it shows what the average homeowner actually pays. Westborough currently rates 32nd in the state in highest Average Single Family Tax Bill and has been at that point (+/-) since 2003 when the expanded high school and Mill Pond School opened. Before that going back as far as the State website has records, the Town was between 34th and 77th highest in the state. From 1988 through 2002 Westborough was in the top 15.5% in highest average single family tax bills and since 2003 Westborough has been in the top 10.1%."

-Valerie Pitcavage, Westborough, MA & Newton, MA
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