Hearing determines property tax rate will remain equal for all

By Lydia Goerner | Nov 14, 2017
Photo by: Lydia Goerner Director of Assessment Jacqui Nichols returns to her seat after the vote on the tax classification for the 2018 fiscal year.

A single tax rate for all property in Wareham will continue to be used for the upcoming year, Selectmen voted at a tax levy hearing on Tuesday.

The hearing determined whether the town would continue to utilize a single tax rate or to split the tax rate, which would shift the burden toward commercial and industrial properties, including offices and retail stores, manufacturing buildings and commercially zoned land.

For 2018, 82.3 percent of properties in Wareham are residential. Director of Assessment Jacqui Nichols advised against splitting the tax rate at the meeting, saying Wareham’s demographics are not conducive to this.

“Most of our businesses are still smaller businesses,” Nichols said.

With a unanimous vote from Selectmen, the single tax rate will continue to be utilized going forward, with all classes of property paying the same rate of $11.25 per $1,000 of assessed property value.

Comments (4)
Posted by: greycat | Nov 15, 2017 19:44

I suppose it never occurs to anyone that having different tax rates for different properties is a form of  discrimination, favoring one group over another, or punishing on group instead of another.

How would it be if we taxed women, or left handed people, or African Americans, or Catholics at a different rate than white Protestant right handed men?

Once again some people are more equal than others, except this single tax rate policy seems to treat everyone equally.  That is good!

Posted by: WantToSeeChange | Nov 16, 2017 08:00

Working off of Greycats theory, where can I apply for my 5 year or 15 year tax break?  Businesses get it.  Shouldn't residents?  For that matter, take my 15 year tax break and give it to an elderly individual or couple.  Or would that be considered discrimination?


Not saying that anyone or any business should or should not pay more taxes, but discrimination?  Really?

Posted by: cranky pants | Nov 16, 2017 08:08

Promote alcoholism and you'll get a tax break...

Posted by: WantToSeeChange | Nov 16, 2017 08:20

Alcoholism has never been proven to be a problem in this town, but those smokers?  Apparently, they are a bad bunch.

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