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Winchester Property Taxes Slightly Up

Homeowners will pay a little less in property taxes this year, as the tax rate for fiscal year 2014 dropped from $12.77 to $12.66 Director of Assessments Dan McGurl told the Board of Selectmen on Monday, December 2.

The average home in Winchester was valued at $775,000 and has gone up to about $805,000 in 2013. The commercial tax rate dropped from $12.01 to $11.01 as value has gone up and the market has improved.

The Board of Selectmen voted to continue the single tax levy on residential, commercial and industrial property. “Basically, it’s your choice whether or not you want to have tax rate in town or if you want to put a little bit more of the burden on the commercial and industrial side,” Director of Assessments Dan McGurl said.

“We haven’t changed that in over 27 years. It doesn’t make a lot of sense to do it seeing how small the commercial and industrial presence is in town. You’re really hitting commercial a lot harder than you’d like to as opposed to saving money. For every penny saved on residential, you tax the commercial 20 cents. It’s just not a viable option.”

Sox Fan December 04, 2013 at 08:56 AM
What poor headlining. Average taxes in 2012: $775*12.77=$9896.75 Average taxes in 2013: $805*12.66=$10191.30 Net INCREASE of $294.55
Donna Diaco December 04, 2013 at 10:04 PM
If you vote YES on December 10th for a renovated Winchester High School, you can say good-bye to you "slightly lower taxes"
BAV December 05, 2013 at 10:13 AM
Likewise, if we vote NO on December 10th you can say good-bye to slightly lower taxes. All we get to decide is whether we a spend a little less (40-60MM) and get a patched up school or a little more (80MM) and a get a new one. Voting no is also an expensive option.

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