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2013 Tax Rates by Municipality: How Does Stoneham Compare?

Stoneham's 2013 residential tax rate ranks below the state average, according to rates compiled by Patch through the state Department of Revenue's Division of Local Services.

As 2013 begins, property tax rates are increasing for residents across Massachusetts, including in Stoneham — so how does that compare to surrounding communities?

Out of 27 communities in the area, Stoneham's 2013 residential tax rate ranks below the state average, according to rates compiled by Patch through the state Department of Revenue's Division of Local Services. Stoneham's 2013 residential tax rate is $13.06, up from $12.61 in 2012.

The average residential tax rate for communities surveyed was $13.09 in 2012 and has risen to $13.58 in 2013, according to the data.

Chelmsford's 2013 residential tax rate of $17.95 is the highest of the communities surveyed. Cambridge continues to levy the lowest residential taxes, with a 2013 rate of $8.66 (Cambridge also adopts a residential exemption).

Boston's commercial tax rate of $31.96 is the highest commercial rate of the communities surveyed, while Winchester is the lowest with a rate of $12.01.

Check the chart below to see comparisons between communities:

2013 Tax Rates By Municipality

Information taken from the state Division of Local Services. The residental tax rates for communities are in order from lowest to highest. See the attached PDF for more 2013 tax rates as approved by the state.

Community Residential Tax Rate   
   Commercial and Industrial Tax Rate   
   Residential Exemption 2013 2012 2013 2012 Cambridge 8.66 8.48  21.50 20.76 30% Woburn 10.40 10.40 27.01 26.83 Saugus 11.28 11.04 24.90 24.16 Brookline 11.65 11.40 18.97 18.58 20% Burlington 11.85 11.55 31.70 30.95 Peabody 11.98 11.82 23.57 23.43 Wakefield 12.29 11.90 24.97 24.18 Medford 12.36 12.03 24.39 23.72 Winchester 12.77 12.55 12.01 11.77 Melrose 13.03 12.76 19.90 19.47 Stoneham 13.06 12.61 21.00 20.25 Boston 13.14 13.04 31.96 31.92 30% Belmont 13.33 13.35 13.33 13.35
Somerville 13.42 13.09 22.38 21.85 30% Arlington 13.61 13.66 13.61 13.66 Wilmington 13.61 12.14 28.64 28.10 North Andover 13.72 12.92 18.85 19.16 Andover 14.51 14.15 24.26
23.54 Danvers 14.54 13.93 20.23 19.38 Lynnfield 14.82 14.26 16.29 15.56 Reading 14.94 14.15 14.94 14.15 Tewksbury 15.44 14.93 25.60 25.05 Malden 15.88 14.33 25.42 24.84 20% North Reading 16.04 14.38 16.04 14.38 Westford 16.13 15.55 16.38 15.79 Salem 16.38 15.63 31.46 29.81 20% Chelmsford 17.95 17.49 17.95 17.49
Paul Rotondi January 04, 2013 at 08:51 PM
Interesting data and I am sure that the supporters of the Community Preservation Act will use this data to argue that the Stoneham Tax payer is not overburden with taxes. However, this is a meaningless statistic and can not be used as a useful measurement of the citizen’s tax burden. Tax rate is nothing but the dividing of total revenue to be raised by the town’s total valuation. The amount an individual pays in property tax is based on the valuation of his or her property. In other words a home owner with a low evaluation and high tax rate would have a lower tax burden than a home owner with a low tax rate but higher evaluation. A more valid comparison would be the average tax bill actually paid by the home owner. Stoneham’s average tax bill is above the state average. Three other taxes should be included to really judge the total burden by the Stoneham tax payer: (1) Trash Fee; (2) Water Rates and, (3) impact on Debt Exclusion for new middle School Stoneham has a trash and a majority of cities and towns in the state do not and this is an added tax burden not reflected in the tax rate. As a member of the MWRA Stoneham’s water rates are higher than 80% of the cities and towns who are not members. The debt exclusion for the new Middle School is not reflected in the 2013. Although the 2013 tax rate is below the State Average, The Stoneham taxpayer is paying much more to its local government than the average taxpayer

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