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Opinion

December 7, 2012

Amesbury mayor: high tax rate is overhyped

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For many residents, they bought a house in Amesbury because it was affordable. It is that lower, affordable value that makes buying a home possible for so many. Divide that lower value into providing the services the residents expect and you get a higher rate than those high-priced communities that provide the same municipal services. What matters most then, is the amount of the tax bill to pay for those services. Amesbury is ranked in the middle of the pack when compared to our neighboring Essex County communities. There’s no headlines there.

Thatcher W. Kezer III

Amesbury Mayor

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