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January 24, 2014

Amesbury tax rate 4th highest in state

City was only local community to rank in top 100

AMESBURY — After experiencing yet another increase this past year, Amesbury has the fourth highest tax rate in the state, well outpacing the rates in surrounding communities.

According to the state Department of Revenue’s Property Tax Trend Report, Amesbury’s tax rate of $20.97 per thousand ranked No. 4 out of 340 communities statewide for which data is available. By comparison, no other community in the area placed in the top 100, and most were in the bottom half of the state.

The three communities with higher tax rates than Amesbury are Longmeadow, which has a single-tax rate of $23.15, Maynard, which has a residential tax rate of $22.29, and Bolton, which has a single tax rate of $21.20. Amherst is tied for fourth with Amesbury with a single-tax rate of $20.97 to round out the top five.

Locally, the community with the next highest tax after Amesbury is Merrimac, which ranks No. 150 in the state with a rate of $15.89. West Newbury is close behind at No. 154 with a rate of $15.80, and then there is a sizable dropoff before Rowley, which is next at No. 202 with a rate of $14.74.

Newburyport’s tax rate of $14.16 ranked No. 222 in the state, and Georgetown is right after at No. 225 with a rate of $14.05. The lowest rates belonged to Salisbury and Newbury, which came in at No. 282 and No. 291 with rates of $11.79 and $11.32 respectively.

The tax rate is a mathematical formula in which the total dollars raised and appropriated in taxes are divided by the city’s total property value in thousands. The resulting tax rate figure is then multiplied by the assessed value of a particular property in increments of $1,000, and that equals what each individual property owner pays in property taxes.

Amesbury’s stubbornly high tax rate has long been a point of contention within the city, and last year tensions boiled over after the rate increased by $1.11 from $19.13 in 2012 to $20.24 for 2013, which ranked as the seventh highest tax rate in the state at the time.

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