Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Newburyport Property Tax Rate in FY 13

Here is a link to the story on Newburyport's tax rate: 

Here is the link to the story on Amesbury's tax rate:

One simple way to describe Proposition 2 1/2 is that overall local property taxes can increase each year by up to 2.5% over the previous year's limit, plus any new growth and any overrides/debt exclusions.The bottom line is that for the first time in a number of years Newburyport's overall property taxes were not increased by the maximum allowed of 2.5%.

Newburyport's new rate is $13.32 instead of the $13.42 allowed.   So that is a bit of a break for taxpayers.

In 2010 Mayor John Moak and the Council reduced the tax rate from the maximum allowed by $0.01.

In 2003 Mayor Al Lavender and the Council reduced the tax rate from the maximum allowed by $0.15.

Our FY 2012 residential tax rate of $12.80 was the 114th lowest in Massachusetts; in other words, 237 communities had a higher residential tax rate.

Our FY 2012 commercial tax rate of $12.80 was the 82nd lowest in Massachusetts; in other words, 269 communities had a higher commercial tax rate.

Late note: One reader noticed a key thing: just because the tax rate is low doesn't mean that taxes are low.

So (as I said) we have a relatively low residential tax rate and 237 towns/cities are higher than we are.

But (and I'll put this online soon) our average single family tax bill is higher than all but about 68 communities.  Because our home values are on average higher, the average bill even with somewhat lower tax rates ends up being pretty high.

Below is a chart I created of the historic tax rate each year per $1,000 of value since 1982. The table of data is further below.  The information and much more is at

City      FY  Tax Rate
Newburyport 1982 23.90
Newburyport 1983 24.60
Newburyport 1984 22.78
Newburyport 1985 22.78
Newburyport 1987 11.79
Newburyport 1988 12.61
Newburyport 1989 13.46
Newburyport 1990 11.72
Newburyport 1991 11.99
Newburyport 1992 13.53
Newburyport 1993 15.49
Newburyport 1994 16.02
Newburyport 1995 16.62
Newburyport 1996 16.65
Newburyport 1997 17.03
Newburyport 1998 17.59
Newburyport 1999 16.37
Newburyport 2000 16.81
Newburyport 2001 17.44
Newburyport 2002 13.11
Newburyport 2003 13.65
Newburyport 2004 14.29
Newburyport 2005 10.52
Newburyport 2006 10.26
Newburyport 2007 10.09
Newburyport 2008 10.13
Newburyport 2009 10.93
Newburyport 2010 11.66
Newburyport 2011 12.07
Newburyport 2012 12.80
Newburyport 2013 13.32

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving

Our rural ancestors, with little blest,
Patient of labour when the end was rest,
Indulged the day that housed their annual grain,
With feasts, and off'rings, and a thankful strain.
~Alexander Pope

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Atwood Park Meeting Rescheduled

Due to Parks Commissioners' scheduling conflicts, the public meeting slated for next Thursday, November 15, which includes a review of improvements to Atwood Park, will be postponed.  The Parks Commission has rescheduled the meeting for Thursday, November 29 at 7:30 p.m. in the City Hall Auditorium.  The commission encourages all neighbors of the park and other interested residents to attend and voice their thoughts about improvements. 

Thanks much,

Lisë Reid, Parks Administrator
Newburyport Parks Commission
City of Newburyport
P.O. Box 550
60 Pleasant Street
Newburyport, MA 01950