Category Archives: Statistics

Stats: education expense—how we compare

The most contentious item at Monday’s Annual Town Meeting—don’t forget to go!—will likely be the school assessment portion of the town budget. You may hear different versions of numbers about how much we spend on schools, but these are the … Continue reading

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Stats: that elusive commercial tax dollar

At the last Economic Development Committee meeting, the topic of the relationship between residential and commercial taxes came up again. The EDC has been gradually backing off of earlier assertions that an increase in the commercial tax base would have … Continue reading

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Stats: Revenues by source

This post expands upon the numbers in the first “stats post” and looks at the larger picture of municipal revenue, as defined by the Mass. Dept. of Revenue. The DOR tracks four categories of revenue sources: property tax (the total … Continue reading

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Stats: Residential value as a percentage of taxed property

There is a regular feature in the Boston Globe regional editions, called Snapshot, in which an interesting statistic is displayed on a state map so you can see how your town compares to all other towns in the state. Some of … Continue reading

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