SNAPSHOT: PROPERTY TAXES AS % OF REVENUE

By Matt Carroll, Globe Staff | Dec. 20, 2012
The percent of a community's revenue that comes from property taxes varies widely. For many smaller, rural communities, the percent is high -- in Bolton, Dover and Hamilton, among others, it's more than 80 percent. It's less than 30 percent in Chelsea, Springfield, and Lawrence. The Department of Revenue data is for fiscal 2012.
CommunityPercent property tax from revenue, 2012State rankTotal receiptsTotal property tax collected
ABINGTON57.8%250$46,934,186$27,129,312
ACTON79.0%32$85,484,020$67,550,755
ACUSHNET48.8%301$27,701,330$13,526,786
ADAMS67.4%152$13,056,942$8,795,827
AGAWAM56.1%267$84,000,551$47,133,507
ALFORD79.6%28$1,419,388$1,129,362
AMESBURY61.8%219$57,004,211$35,235,548
AMHERST53.7%282$75,179,228$40,344,032
ANDOVER75.4%52$144,409,829$108,874,156
AQUINNAH75.5%51$3,733,150$2,819,990
ARLINGTON70.1%114$135,505,943$95,002,494
ASHBURNHAM70.3%111$15,029,838$10,559,648
ASHBY76.5%44$6,058,980$4,637,022
ASHFIELD80.5%24$4,009,914$3,229,351
ASHLAND61.0%226$57,718,026$35,182,144
ATHOL53.5%283$19,062,878$10,193,590
ATTLEBORO45.7%316$124,042,889$56,655,632
AUBURN66.0%169$50,612,494$33,390,133
AVON74.7%58$21,865,180$16,331,681
AYER66.0%169$26,712,735$17,617,236
BARNSTABLE56.4%263$172,626,876$97,325,379
BARRE58.6%242$9,995,948$5,862,172
BECKET81.1%21$6,099,618$4,945,385
BEDFORD67.7%150$77,236,238$52,300,913
BELCHERTOWN48.2%306$45,363,743$21,853,759
BELLINGHAM58.5%243$53,403,122$31,237,771
BELMONT69.9%119$99,962,703$69,867,365
BERKLEY50.7%298$17,534,907$8,894,954
BERLIN76.6%42$10,941,017$8,383,834
BERNARDSTON80.4%25$4,352,401$3,498,325
BEVERLY67.1%154$117,267,968$78,739,126
BILLERICA68.7%139$140,697,267$96,696,999
BLACKSTONE66.9%159$20,993,783$14,054,307
BLANDFORD65.0%184$3,504,540$2,276,345
BOLTON88.8%1$19,618,800$17,413,842
BOSTON66.2%167$2,147,483,647$1,614,028,834
BOURNE57.8%250$64,518,741$37,282,524
BOXBOROUGH81.4%19$20,724,915$16,874,931
BOXFORD80.6%23$28,179,874$22,716,196
BOYLSTON77.7%38$13,025,700$10,123,306
BRAINTREE60.0%232$118,326,331$70,972,549
BREWSTER61.4%221$40,537,968$24,895,597
BRIDGEWATER66.5%163$52,364,336$34,807,100
BRIMFIELD68.9%136$8,413,583$5,797,180
BROCKTON30.9%346$350,118,273$108,217,218
BROOKFIELD54.7%275$7,982,968$4,368,169
BROOKLINE70.3%111$232,739,180$163,620,488
BUCKLAND74.3%63$4,181,198$3,106,020
BURLINGTON73.5%72$115,792,243$85,141,212
CAMBRIDGE58.0%248$515,644,508$299,090,638
CANTON68.4%142$84,957,444$58,074,485
CARLISLE87.2%4$24,722,156$21,557,109
CARVER53.4%284$34,620,095$18,500,972
CHARLEMONT65.2%180$3,245,473$2,114,880
CHARLTON65.8%174$25,221,554$16,587,884
CHATHAM63.6%202$41,078,959$26,121,917
CHELMSFORD68.8%137$114,768,879$78,965,974
CHELSEA29.2%349$131,720,136$38,505,727
CHESHIRE59.7%235$4,943,037$2,953,056
CHESTER75.4%52$2,998,605$2,261,340
CHESTERFIELD69.3%133$3,326,554$2,306,802
CHICOPEE38.7%334$170,051,191$65,854,336
CHILMARK77.5%40$8,573,077$6,648,290
CLARKSBURG35.2%339$4,049,671$1,426,755
CLINTON47.9%307$38,742,672$18,544,690
COHASSET66.6%162$44,363,124$29,539,748
COLRAIN74.0%68$3,555,165$2,630,240
CONCORD82.4%13$83,856,408$69,122,996
CONWAY67.3%153$5,466,108$3,678,727
CUMMINGTON74.1%67$2,084,228$1,543,730
DALTON72.6%88$14,509,060$10,531,123
DANVERS61.2%222$98,677,030$60,347,100
DARTMOUTH56.9%258$84,369,799$48,003,236
DEDHAM76.0%48$98,002,126$74,481,697
DEERFIELD62.5%213$13,621,991$8,512,179
DENNIS68.0%148$50,657,911$34,446,087
DIGHTON78.2%36$16,538,148$12,935,157
DOUGLAS44.7%323$26,864,423$12,007,995
DOVER84.9%9$31,176,914$26,480,339
DRACUT48.5%304$76,553,880$37,159,994
DUDLEY57.6%252$15,805,448$9,096,722
DUNSTABLE84.5%10$8,089,467$6,836,995
DUXBURY66.1%168$66,755,276$44,136,761
EAST BRIDGEWATER53.9%279$44,424,397$23,941,821
EAST BROOKFIELD73.1%82$4,337,708$3,169,139
EASTHAM74.2%64$23,193,944$17,214,522
EASTHAMPTON48.9%300$38,068,095$18,600,475
EAST LONGMEADOW60.5%229$55,253,518$33,420,483
EASTON62.5%213$70,514,890$44,064,182
EDGARTOWN69.4%127$32,954,537$22,866,225
EGREMONT74.2%64$4,130,628$3,065,819
ERVING74.0%68$10,126,106$7,497,667
ESSEX71.0%102$15,216,996$10,811,554
EVERETT53.9%279$156,207,076$84,165,711
FAIRHAVEN46.8%311$49,119,106$23,002,404
FALL RIVER30.3%347$251,507,699$76,226,889
FALMOUTH68.3%143$120,427,988$82,311,324
FITCHBURG34.3%340$118,994,648$40,783,304
FLORIDA66.7%161$3,046,844$2,033,102
FOXBOROUGH57.6%252$63,205,053$36,408,158
FRAMINGHAM64.7%188$253,095,954$163,723,467
FRANKLIN52.4%291$107,668,120$56,413,205
FREETOWN73.2%78$20,915,904$15,308,323
GARDNER33.7%342$58,612,975$19,755,282
GEORGETOWN55.0%272$27,188,579$14,947,935
GILL76.3%47$2,896,300$2,210,227
GLOUCESTER60.4%230$104,345,683$63,027,048
GOSHEN67.9%149$2,825,079$1,917,619
GOSNOLD43.6%325$1,387,149$604,778
GRAFTON61.1%224$49,112,388$30,023,901
GRANBY45.8%315$19,838,066$9,089,218
GRANVILLE53.0%288$4,643,529$2,462,709
GREAT BARRINGTON73.7%71$24,045,234$17,733,278
GREENFIELD47.9%307$53,500,721$25,630,027
GROTON75.2%56$32,518,409$24,450,247
GROVELAND75.4%52$14,334,420$10,810,088
HADLEY56.7%260$16,384,319$9,297,427
HALIFAX65.0%184$20,286,023$13,183,043
HAMILTON83.4%12$26,815,296$22,373,962
HAMPDEN81.8%18$11,386,513$9,312,623
HANCOCK55.2%270$1,772,128$978,227
HANOVER62.0%217$54,974,075$34,098,760
HANSON72.1%92$20,683,177$14,913,473
HARDWICK62.4%216$5,002,678$3,121,746
HARVARD72.5%91$23,598,073$17,101,404
HARWICH63.2%205$59,092,289$37,338,644
HATFIELD55.3%269$9,991,883$5,526,098
HAVERHILL48.4%305$173,072,067$83,720,334
HAWLEY72.1%92$1,052,402$758,460
HEATH86.0%6$2,022,071$1,738,865
HINGHAM73.0%84$88,586,788$64,660,067
HINSDALE70.6%106$4,734,450$3,343,616
HOLBROOK60.7%228$34,487,937$20,934,652
HOLDEN64.2%195$47,340,088$30,383,505
HOLLAND71.6%95$6,401,683$4,584,579
HOLLISTON64.8%186$56,487,308$36,608,105
HOLYOKE33.9%341$145,254,482$49,293,626
HOPEDALE46.0%314$22,682,840$10,430,345
HOPKINTON71.1%100$66,179,397$47,033,957
HUBBARDSTON70.0%116$7,876,634$5,512,754
HUDSON58.0%248$67,373,845$39,086,303
HULL64.3%193$37,113,652$23,845,802
HUNTINGTON69.6%125$4,362,622$3,038,049
IPSWICH65.8%174$45,852,452$30,182,087
KINGSTON56.6%261$45,842,716$25,946,344
LAKEVILLE78.4%34$21,663,282$16,975,270
LANCASTER81.4%19$17,385,985$14,147,661
LANESBOROUGH68.8%137$10,087,108$6,938,180
LAWRENCE20.3%351$257,945,457$52,257,175
LEE54.0%278$22,279,710$12,028,988
LEICESTER45.2%318$26,643,152$12,033,691
LENOX55.0%272$24,072,152$13,229,279
LEOMINSTER42.8%327$124,111,551$53,152,674
LEVERETT70.1%114$6,337,113$4,442,794
LEXINGTON71.5%96$187,909,591$134,337,548
LEYDEN87.9%3$1,638,128$1,440,135
LINCOLN71.5%96$34,627,199$24,742,545
LITTLETON69.9%119$38,674,675$27,015,837
LONGMEADOW70.8%104$58,417,245$41,378,336
LOWELL33.5%343$321,111,145$107,585,116
LUDLOW51.9%293$58,299,022$30,254,227
LUNENBURG63.7%199$29,631,259$18,865,867
LYNN38.8%333$260,556,425$101,041,376
LYNNFIELD75.6%50$43,364,145$32,782,501
MALDEN39.6%332$169,542,572$67,221,963
MANCHESTER79.8%27$26,466,302$21,117,352
MANSFIELD55.2%270$85,265,692$47,084,321
MARBLEHEAD69.9%119$76,752,907$53,651,430
MARION63.7%199$23,748,149$15,129,527
MARLBOROUGH64.7%188$132,607,451$85,845,866
MARSHFIELD58.4%244$84,643,595$49,468,855
MASHPEE70.0%116$54,080,834$37,873,238
MATTAPOISETT70.3%111$26,245,159$18,451,202
MAYNARD62.8%211$38,080,587$23,909,712
MEDFIELD66.8%160$52,636,740$35,174,304
MEDFORD59.0%237$147,344,257$87,005,399
MEDWAY58.3%245$48,715,155$28,402,595
MELROSE56.9%258$81,657,423$46,496,423
MENDON76.5%44$15,039,554$11,505,655
MERRIMAC64.6%191$15,440,050$9,981,341
METHUEN47.7%310$135,428,563$64,568,321
MIDDLEBOROUGH46.5%312$68,771,253$31,948,968
MIDDLEFIELD75.0%57$1,375,785$1,031,481
MIDDLETON74.7%58$27,051,043$20,219,020
MILFORD63.0%208$84,107,985$53,017,663
MILLBURY53.3%286$36,874,889$19,650,640
MILLIS57.3%256$26,886,192$15,419,133
MILLVILLE75.3%55$5,113,633$3,849,029
MILTON69.4%127$91,600,313$63,530,336
MONROE66.5%163$731,385$486,716
MONSON43.0%326$25,374,127$10,910,226
MONTAGUE68.6%141$19,171,784$13,146,135
MONTEREY76.6%42$3,439,930$2,636,011
MONTGOMERY72.8%87$1,944,577$1,416,131
MOUNT WASHINGTON39.7%331$1,191,620$473,257
NAHANT63.7%199$12,117,778$7,714,292
NANTUCKET57.5%255$108,229,933$62,274,744
NATICK66.0%169$131,040,458$86,455,318
NEEDHAM70.4%109$136,707,000$96,246,451
NEW ASHFORD54.3%276$698,763$379,571
NEW BEDFORD31.8%345$296,641,777$94,393,493
NEW BRAINTREE79.4%29$2,104,727$1,670,255
NEWBURY74.0%68$18,004,073$13,320,602
NEWBURYPORT63.6%202$66,223,196$42,107,002
NEW MARLBOROUGH88.0%2$4,546,424$3,998,985
NEW SALEM62.5%213$2,579,859$1,611,880
NEWTON69.4%127$361,603,797$250,781,839
NORFOLK69.7%124$34,396,409$23,974,724
NORTH ADAMS33.0%344$40,093,739$13,241,151
NORTHAMPTON45.3%317$95,370,226$43,225,962
NORTH ANDOVER67.0%158$90,488,873$60,626,359
NORTH ATTLEBOROUGH47.9%307$86,862,293$41,638,644
NORTHBOROUGH73.1%82$52,558,749$38,402,738
NORTHBRIDGE40.0%330$44,851,830$17,956,272
NORTH BROOKFIELD38.0%336$13,990,635$5,317,594
NORTHFIELD80.0%26$7,488,299$5,989,683
NORTH READING62.9%209$57,300,687$36,042,373
NORTON51.6%294$53,203,055$27,451,535
NORWELL69.3%133$46,081,358$31,952,330
NORWOOD37.2%337$154,414,440$57,489,721
OAK BLUFFS69.4%127$27,494,628$19,074,581
OAKHAM69.8%123$3,252,690$2,271,741
ORANGE45.0%319$19,394,092$8,728,223
ORLEANS71.5%96$29,768,954$21,278,249
OTIS82.0%15$5,139,956$4,213,973
OXFORD45.0%319$39,450,585$17,772,404
PALMER46.4%313$32,047,765$14,866,705
PAXTON71.9%94$11,653,864$8,384,434
PEABODY58.7%241$150,520,557$88,281,864
PELHAM64.1%197$5,204,210$3,335,905
PEMBROKE56.4%263$56,827,292$32,030,404
PEPPERELL64.6%191$24,300,042$15,697,922
PERU70.4%109$1,948,004$1,371,950
PETERSHAM58.1%247$3,855,166$2,238,475
PHILLIPSTON77.7%38$3,527,089$2,741,339
PITTSFIELD48.7%302$136,285,260$66,351,358
PLAINFIELD82.4%13$1,610,028$1,326,345
PLAINVILLE59.0%237$26,831,516$15,829,279
PLYMOUTH65.8%174$185,753,002$122,152,672
PLYMPTON73.2%78$8,164,178$5,976,947
PRINCETON79.3%30$9,258,419$7,340,410
PROVINCETOWN54.2%277$30,136,690$16,325,504
QUINCY59.0%237$294,437,893$173,738,209
RANDOLPH56.2%266$88,304,632$49,610,838
RAYNHAM74.5%60$37,088,953$27,622,451
READING60.0%232$88,769,086$53,260,793
REHOBOTH81.9%17$21,737,489$17,793,291
REVERE44.8%322$147,037,351$65,828,219
RICHMOND69.6%125$5,773,474$4,015,946
ROCHESTER56.5%262$18,135,736$10,247,727
ROCKLAND53.4%284$50,684,439$27,071,843
ROCKPORT61.1%224$29,478,496$18,012,775
ROWE72.6%88$4,247,215$3,085,081
ROWLEY74.5%60$15,703,641$11,698,259
ROYALSTON64.3%193$2,125,735$1,366,315
RUSSELL50.8%296$4,955,906$2,516,311
RUTLAND63.5%204$17,705,321$11,241,545
SALEM53.8%281$133,463,816$71,788,367
SALISBURY67.1%154$23,762,122$15,942,981
SANDISFIELD76.5%44$3,105,778$2,377,343
SANDWICH68.7%139$69,914,188$48,010,726
SAUGUS64.8%186$79,049,827$51,195,432
SAVOY50.2%299$2,070,304$1,039,683
SCITUATE64.7%188$72,181,467$46,672,327
SEEKONK68.3%143$45,915,599$31,373,321
SHARON72.9%86$71,927,849$52,450,200
SHEFFIELD86.2%5$9,282,680$8,001,509
SHELBURNE73.5%72$3,972,955$2,919,607
SHERBORN86.0%6$24,181,857$20,800,537
SHIRLEY65.1%182$13,334,183$8,678,706
SHREWSBURY50.8%296$104,377,204$53,008,985
SHUTESBURY70.8%104$5,947,316$4,212,254
SOMERSET65.7%177$62,120,410$40,803,231
SOMERVILLE48.7%302$215,010,417$104,765,287
SOUTHAMPTON55.9%268$16,292,440$9,101,549
SOUTHBOROUGH71.2%99$46,692,402$33,224,796
SOUTHBRIDGE30.3%347$53,471,098$16,185,023
SOUTH HADLEY50.9%295$42,711,520$21,761,090
SOUTHWICK68.2%147$21,256,843$14,493,249
SPENCER57.6%252$19,655,535$11,322,345
SPRINGFIELD28.8%350$587,699,525$169,389,217
STERLING69.2%135$21,568,114$14,927,952
STOCKBRIDGE69.4%127$9,055,339$6,286,674
STONEHAM59.6%236$66,836,319$39,842,835
STOUGHTON56.3%265$89,361,980$50,354,764
STOW85.8%8$23,864,503$20,485,199
STURBRIDGE63.2%205$31,361,970$19,831,621
SUDBURY82.0%15$84,143,828$69,007,532
SUNDERLAND59.8%234$7,535,195$4,503,670
SUTTON61.0%226$28,289,453$17,259,573
SWAMPSCOTT72.6%88$58,201,105$42,240,533
SWANSEA68.3%143$36,946,873$25,227,566
TAUNTON40.4%329$180,166,148$72,783,646
TEMPLETON57.0%257$14,892,497$8,487,806
TEWKSBURY62.9%209$101,340,016$63,705,636
TISBURY73.3%76$25,965,953$19,034,073
TOLLAND80.7%22$1,356,576$1,094,333
TOPSFIELD75.9%49$23,457,518$17,802,440
TOWNSEND74.5%60$18,500,591$13,776,257
TRURO69.4%127$17,133,154$11,882,196
TYNGSBOROUGH58.9%240$35,883,474$21,128,560
TYRINGHAM79.2%31$1,397,349$1,106,417
UPTON73.2%78$20,658,129$15,123,071
UXBRIDGE55.0%272$41,452,372$22,787,841
WAKEFIELD65.6%178$80,895,683$53,029,211
WALES65.9%173$3,982,106$2,625,590
WALPOLE65.3%179$80,495,651$52,602,379
WALTHAM68.3%143$220,823,508$150,870,993
WARE42.8%327$27,898,516$11,940,839
WAREHAM52.1%292$60,624,438$31,566,203
WARREN65.2%180$8,806,623$5,745,157
WARWICK67.1%154$1,994,548$1,338,909
WASHINGTON66.3%166$1,364,216$904,597
WATERTOWN66.5%163$112,953,942$75,082,744
WAYLAND73.5%72$75,546,931$55,514,200
WEBSTER45.0%319$40,257,044$18,107,945
WELLESLEY73.2%78$143,434,060$105,037,888
WELLFLEET71.1%100$18,829,476$13,382,730
WENDELL62.6%212$2,717,734$1,702,432
WENHAM78.4%34$15,910,791$12,481,539
WESTBOROUGH65.1%182$93,689,488$61,005,858
WEST BOYLSTON53.3%286$25,875,250$13,783,693
WEST BRIDGEWATER67.5%151$26,392,505$17,813,231
WEST BROOKFIELD58.3%245$7,390,915$4,306,869
WESTFIELD44.2%324$133,624,847$59,099,193
WESTFORD61.2%222$97,191,299$59,474,751
WESTHAMPTON79.0%32$4,626,350$3,653,720
WESTMINSTER66.0%169$21,895,256$14,442,097
WEST NEWBURY74.2%64$14,424,229$10,709,014
WESTON73.0%84$86,677,292$63,256,256
WESTPORT63.8%198$33,032,644$21,060,251
WEST SPRINGFIELD60.3%231$96,793,375$58,381,820
WEST STOCKBRIDGE84.3%11$4,876,571$4,108,588
WEST TISBURY73.3%76$16,177,225$11,865,494
WESTWOOD77.5%40$72,296,696$56,060,374
WEYMOUTH52.6%289$153,301,759$80,599,850
WHATELY70.9%103$5,298,583$3,754,871
WHITMAN61.8%219$31,056,113$19,190,216
WILBRAHAM77.9%37$38,673,593$30,124,282
WILLIAMSBURG70.5%107$6,778,370$4,780,384
WILLIAMSTOWN67.1%154$21,475,358$14,405,717
WILMINGTON73.4%75$78,686,531$57,762,984
WINCHENDON35.4%338$28,359,222$10,030,438
WINCHESTER70.0%116$95,889,752$67,132,051
WINDSOR63.2%205$2,164,412$1,368,169
WINTHROP52.6%289$46,218,345$24,304,883
WOBURN64.2%195$134,177,972$86,150,191
WORCESTER38.4%335$596,606,133$229,216,024
WORTHINGTON70.5%107$3,146,172$2,218,357
WRENTHAM69.9%119$36,345,276$25,415,336
YARMOUTH62.0%217$78,546,624$48,706,751
SOURCE: Department of Revenue