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Property taxes in Salem expected to rise slightly in Fiscal Year 2013

Posted by Ryan Mooney  December 7, 2012 01:42 PM

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The Salem City Council voted Thursday night, 9-1, to keep the city's tax factor at the rate it has been set for the last 10 consecutive years, 1.65, for Fiscal Year 2013.

Pending certification by the Massachusetts Department of Revenue, the current residential property tax rate of $15.63 per every $1,000 of valuation will increase to $16.38, meaning the owner of an average single-family home in Salem will see a $71 increase in property taxes for the year, according to numbers provided by Deb Jackson, the city's chief assessor.

There was very little discussion on the council, or among members of the public, after a presentation by Jackson detailing how keeping the current shift would affect taxes for FY2013. Ward 6 Councilor Paul Prevey represented the only dissenting vote, and Ward 3 Councilor Todd Seigel was not present.

The average condominium bill will increase by $100 for the year, according to projections by Jackson, and commercial property owners will pay a rate of $31.46 per $1,000 of valuation. The current rate for commercial property is $29.81.

The council also voted unanimously to disapprove open space, residential and small business exemptions. Those votes serve as something of a formality, as the city generally does not see a need for them, and councilors shoot them down annually.

Ryan Mooney can be reached at globe.mooney@yahoo.com. Follow him on Twitter @mooney_ryan.

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