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Tracking property taxes

March 29, 2012
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A survey of property tax bills for the average single-family homes in area cities and towns found an increase in all but one community - Hamilton - between fiscal years 2011 and 2012.

City/town FY 2011  FY 2012  Percent change 

Amesbury $5,733 $5,855 2.13 

Andover $7,480 $7,786 4.09 

Beverly $5,228 $5,435 3.96 

Billerica $4,246 $4,366 2.83 

Boxford $7,868 $8,021 1.94 

Burlington  $4,305 $4,403 2.28 

Chelmsford $5,427 $5,653 4.16 

Chelsea * - - - 

Danvers $4,688 $4,883 4.16 

Dracut $3,449 $3,583 3.89 

Essex $7,021 $7,060 0.56 

Everett * - - - 

Georgetown $4,421 $4,973 12.49 

Gloucester $5,271 $5,512 4.57 

Groveland $4,462 $4,571 2.44 

Hamilton $8,165 $7,988  -2.17 

Haverhill $3,648 $3,778 3.56 

Ipswich $5,357 $5,545 3.51 

Lawrence $2,397 $2,527 5.42 

Lowell $3,205 $3,236 0.97 

Lynn $3,631 $3,670 1.07 

Lynnfield $7,112 $7,380 3.77 

Malden *  - - - 

Manchester-by-the-Sea $9,424 $10,125 7.44 

Marblehead $6,672 $6,958 4.29 

Medford $4,023 $4,179 3.88 

Melrose $4,955 $5,093 2.79 

Merrimac $4,686 $4,770 1.79 

Methuen $3,370 $3,504 3.98 

Middleton $5,948 $6,167 3.68 

Nahant $5,392 $5,541 2.76 

Newbury $4,426 $4,476 1.13 

Newburyport $5,511 $5,699 3.41 

North Andover $6,161 $6,350 3.07 

North Reading $6,268 $6,473 3.27 

Peabody $3,477 $3,553 2.19 

Reading $6,109 $6,290 2.96 

Revere $3,372 $3,572 5.93 

Rockport $5,145 $5,147 0.04 

Rowley $4,975 $5,089 2.29 

Salem $4,467 $4,593 2.82 

Salisbury $3,333 $3,439 3.18 

Saugus $3,446 $3,588 4.12 

Somerville * - - - 

Stoneham $4,720 $4,908 3.98 

Swampscott $7,882 $8,377 6.28 

Tewksbury $4,160 $4,712 13.27 

Topsfield $7,606 $7,842 3.10 

Tyngsborough $4,507 $4,838 7.34 

Wakefield $4,585 $4,769 4.01 

Wenham $9,208 $9,482 2.98 

West Newbury $6,509 $6,742 3.58 

Westford $6,719 $6,901 2.71 

Wilmington $4,242 $4,343 2.38 

Winchester $9,167 $9,557 4.25 

Winthrop $4,333 $4,564 5.33 

Woburn $3,519 $3,554 0.99 

* Figures for Chelsea, Everett, Malden, and Somerville, which have adopted an owner-occupied exemption, are excluded because they do not submit adequate data to determine an average tax bill.

SOURCE: Mass. Department of Revenue, Division of Local Services

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