Last week, Mansfield selectmen voted to endorse raising both the residential and commercial/industrial property tax rates.
According to the Boston Business Journal, Mansfield stacks up pretty poorly against some of its neighbors in terms of commercial industrial tax rates, at least in some areas, and is the fifth most expensive town among Sharon, Wrentham, Norfolk, Norton, Franklin, Easton, Plainville, Norwood, Brockton and Foxborough(as of fiscal year 2012, of which the increase in Mansfield hasn’t taken effect).
per $1000, a 4.409 percent increase while the commercial rate would increase from $18.50 per $1,000 to $19.37, a 4.70 percent increase.
While increases from other towns for the 2013 fiscal year haven't yet been announced entirely, the rate hike does present a problem for Mansfield.
The argument during the vote’s deliberation between selectmen boiled down to tax revenue and who should take the higher increase in the tax split (in which the tax rate between commercial/industrial property and resident property are different).
In the most recent case, Mansfield selectmen decided that the commercial side should take the brunt of the increase to raise revenue for the town.
Selectman Kevin Moran said that creating a trend in commercial tax increases over residential (which has been the case for the last six years) would discourage potential business owners from taking root in Mansfield, both in the downtown area and the Business Park.
Selectman Jess Aptowitz argued that since residential taxes account for most of Mansfield’s current revenue base, discouraging residents from staying in or moving to Mansfield.
Chilmark on Martha’s Vineyard has the lowest residential property tax rate in the state at $2.08 flat rate between commercial/industrial. Sharon has the highest residential tax rate (also with a flat split) in Massachusetts at $20.11 per $1,000.
Everett had the highest commercial/industrial tax rate at$ 41.66 per $1,000, and Chilmark also had the lowest rate in commercial/industrial at $2.08 per $1,000.
Residential Rate (per $1,000)
For a full list of Massachusetts Tax Rates, check out the Boston Business Journal's database by clicking here.