Tax Rates For FY15 Approved by Selectmen

By Les Masterson and Dan Libon

The homeowner of the average Foxboro single-family home may pay another $113 in property taxes next year after the Board of Selectmen approved the fiscal year 2015 tax rate on Tuesday.

The selectmen approved the tax rate of $14.98 per $1,000 accessed value for residents and $17.09 for businesses. The tax rate still needs to be certified before it becomes official.

Taking into account the average single-family home value, the average residential tax bill would be $5,285 next year. Businesses will pay an average of $10,409.19.

In a comparison of fiscal year 2013 data to 15 nearby towns, Finance Director Randy Scollins said that Foxboro' came in under the average for total valuation, total single family parcels, and slightly under the average for a single family tax bill.

A Split Tax Rate

Once again, the selectmen also agreed to keep the commercial and industrial tax rate higher than the residential rate. Each year, the selectmen have to decide whether to use a flat tax rate for residential and commercial/industrial or have a split rate in which businesses pay a higher tax rate.

This year, residents will pay 73.46 percent of the tax burden while businesses will pay 26.54 percent. The burden remains very similar to last year’s percentages. 

Selectman Ginny Coppola, who normally is opposed to the split rate, voiced her support for the rates.

“I’m not a proponent of split tax rates. However, I think predicability is a very important issue here,” Coppola said.

The board also believed it would not be fair to raise the resident’s proportion of the tax burden. 

The selectmen voted 4-1 on the tax rate with Selectman Jim DeVellis voting against the rates. DeVellis voiced his support for a flat rate, something that may come back down the road.

“I would like to inch it back but one more year it’s going to have to wait before I move on that,” Chairman Mark Sullivan said.

Deborah A Stewart December 04, 2013 at 09:11 AM
What we all need to remember is this increase of $113. per household is above the already Prop 2 1/2 increase that is done every year no matter what! It sure is getting expensive to live here.
George December 04, 2013 at 12:53 PM
PROP 2 1/2 can be stopped, it is not automatically accepted. Action has to be taken. I do not know how it is done, but as an override, the Town can stop a 2 1/2 increase in any given year with what is called AN UNDERRIDE vote. All I know is that a BALLOT question can done. Need to how does this vote take place ?
Steve December 04, 2013 at 02:25 PM
so prop 2 1/2 is an automatic increase in our taxes every year?? I did not know that. I thought the BOS voted to tax to the max every year.
Michael F. Stewart December 04, 2013 at 05:26 PM
I do not believe it has to be voted on every year. In simple terms, to my understanding, Prop 2 1/2 means they can not raise the taxes more than 2 1/2%. To over ride it it needs to be approved at a Town Meeting vote. While they have raised the taxes by 2 1/2% every year, Foxboro has never approved an over ride as yet. I personally will do everything to ensure we never do!
Michael F. Stewart December 04, 2013 at 06:33 PM
George, You can complain or figure it out.
Michael F. Stewart December 04, 2013 at 06:36 PM
George, It is accepted every year because they can. Same as a dogs motivation.
George December 04, 2013 at 06:50 PM
I HAVE STARTED TO INVESIGATE IT AT THE STATE LEVEL. I have received the legal working for both the OVERRIDE and UNDERRIDE ballot wording. Towns are allowed to proceed with 2 1/2% increase unless there is a ballot vote to not allow it. ******************************************************* Now, I will visit the Town Hall and see what happens there. I will follow up on this subject but not immediately as I feel this must be down before the Town Meeting each year. So 2014 Fiscal Year has already past. Beat I get a run around.
Deborah A Stewart December 05, 2013 at 07:07 AM
Bet you will George. The CFO won't be too happy. It is sad that not more people realize what is going on with our taxes every year. No wonder many of our seniors are skimping on food, meds, fuel whatever they can just so they can stay in their homes. Not everyone in town makes 6 figures.


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