Tag Archives: taxes

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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Survey says: no major changes to center of town

On Monday evening the Economic Development Committee reported the results of their recent town-wide survey. This is an effort we’ve been following because the survey focuses considerable attention on Main Street and the town center. I’m posting the presentation here … 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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Great Expectations

When Chris Nash of Topsfield Associates—the most recent prospective developer of the Smith property—appeared before the Planning Board last month, he described a project that included a chain pharmacy of 13,000 square feet, a retail/office building of 20,000 square feet, … Continue reading

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Children are not a tax burden

From time to time, I may post thoughtful comment related to the topics at hand from those in the neighborhood and beyond. Here is one such post, from long-time village resident Stephen Bing.   —Roland The recent discussion of the … Continue reading

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