property taxes

North Country News
8:30 pm
Fri April 4, 2014

Vermont House Passes School Tax Increases

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Vermont House members are expressing relief that they've been able to reduce increases in statewide school property taxes from what had been projected earlier.

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New England News
12:58 pm
Thu October 3, 2013

Adams Selectmen Set Fiscal 2014 Tax Rates

Adams Town Assessor Donna MacDonald points out the tax rates for commercial and residential properties.
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The Board of Selectmen has set the tax rate for businesses and homeowners in town of Adams, Massachusetts.

The Selectmen unanimously voted to maintain a 15 percent shift tax levy towards commercial property for fiscal year 2014. The decision sets the residential rate at $19.95 and the commercial rate at $23.69. Compared to last year, these figures represent an increase of $1.70 per $1,000 of assessed value of a residential property and a jump of $2.02 for commercial.

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New England News
12:18 pm
Mon August 12, 2013

Tax Relief Program For Senior Citizens May Expand To Springfield

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A decade-old Massachusetts program that allows a property tax break for senior citizens may be introduced in the state’s third largest city.  Springfield would join several smaller cities in the region that already offer the popular program.

The Senior Tax Work-Off Program allows homeowners over the age of 60 to perform tasks for a municipality in exchange for a one-time abatement of a portion of their property tax bill.  It is offered in more than 100 cities and towns in Massachusetts including Westfield, Chicopee and Holyoke.

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New York News
4:29 pm
Thu May 9, 2013

NY Cities: High Taxes, Low Taxes

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A new report shows Schenectady and Gloversville rank among cities with the highest property tax rates in New York.  A study published this week by the fiscally conservative Empire Center for New York State Policy ranks the Mohawk Valley city of Gloversville the highest-taxed of 75 cities in the state, with an effective rate of $52.40 per $1,000 of a property's value.

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New England News
3:25 pm
Tue March 26, 2013

Exception To Tax Cap Law Sought For Casino Property

The city of Springfield is seeking an exception to Proposition 2 ½ , the Massachusetts property tax cap law, when it comes to casinos.

   An $800 million resort casino could mean tens of millions of dollars annually in additional property taxes for Springfield.  But Mayor Domenic Sarno said the city will not get the full financial benefits from a casino development unless a change is made to Prop 2 ½.

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North Country News
7:30 pm
Wed February 20, 2013

Vermont House Debates School Tax Increase

Vermont Statehouse
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The Vermont House has advanced legislation that would bring a sharp increase in the statewide school property tax rates.

Wednesday's debate concerned a 5-cent increase in the statewide residential property tax rate, to 94 cents per $100 of a home's value.

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New England News
4:37 pm
Fri November 30, 2012

For Berkshires, some will see taxes go up while property values go down

For communities in the Berkshires it’s the time of year when local governments determine their tax rates, and many this year are seeing their taxes go up while property values go down. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports…

North Adams Mayor Richard Alcombright said he’s predicting that residents of the small Berkshire city could see their taxes rise 3% this year – but he says his cities tight fiscal situation is not uncommon right now.

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New England News
4:26 pm
Tue November 27, 2012

Lower Property Tax Bills Expected In Springfield Mass.

A foreclosed house in Springfield MA
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Property tax bills for a majority of  homeowners and business owners in Springfield Massachusetts are expected to be lower in 2013.  But the reason won’t make most homeowners happy. WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief  Paul Tuthill reports.

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New England News
12:59 pm
Wed June 13, 2012

Springfield Budget Calls For Job Cuts, Library Closings,Higher Fees

A summary of the Mayor's recommended budget in Springfield MA
WAMC

  The city of Springfield Massachusetts will reduce its municipal
workforce and cut some city services under a budget recommended by the
mayor. At the same time, the city council is being asked to raise almost
$3 million in fees and taxes to avoid even deeper cuts. WAMC's Pioneer
Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports.

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New England News
12:51 pm
Mon June 11, 2012

Mayor's Budget Expected To Result In Layoffs, Cutbacks

Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno
City of Springfield

The next state budget in Massachusetts is likely to include the
first increase in local aid in four years. But, it appears it won't be
enough to avert layoffs and service cuts in the state's third largest
city.  WAMC's Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports.

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