By Dakota Antelman, Contributing Writer
Hudson – The property tax rate will go down. But actual property tax bills will still spike for most Hudson homeowners next year, Executive Assistant Tom Moses confirmed at a Board of Selectmen meeting, Dec. 7.
Pending state approval, Hudson will set its 2021 tax rate at $16.59 per $1,000, resulting in an average hike of $176 for each homeowner.
This, selectmen and town officials agreed is normal procedure, in fact marking the 18th consecutive year of rate increases since the last municipal tax cut in 2001.
“People ask ‘Why is it going up, what’s going on, you spend too much money,’” Selectman Scott Duplisea said during the Dec. 7 meeting. “I think a big driver of that is contracts and negotiations.”
As budgets grow, the overall value of property in Hudson has increased, in kind, town assessors say.
Just this year, in fact, the average single family home surpassed a value of $405,000, helping explain how, with a tax rate actually $0.02 lower than the previous year, bills will still increase in 2021. Simply, the new rate is being applied to more assessed home value.
“They do go down once in a blue moon,” Moses said of these kinds of taxes. “You might see one or two years out of the past 20 where taxes have gone down. But generally it’s inflation and budget growth that keeps taxes going up.”
See a historical record of Hudson’s tax rates through the short packet available to Hudson Selectmen, Dec. 7 at https://go.boarddocs.com/ma/hudsonma/Board.nsf/files/BVXLX75883FE/$file/FY%202021%20Presentation%20-%20Final.pdf