Lower tax rate, higher values lead to hike in tax bills in Marlborough


Lower tax rate, higher values lead to hike in tax bills in Marlborough
Marlborough City Hall

MARLBOROUGH – Most homeowners will see a hike in their tax bills while commercial and industrial property owners will see their tax bills reduced, under the new rates approved by the City Council during a tax classification hearing on Dec. 5.

Under the proposal by the Board of Assessors, the tax rate will be $11.54 for residential, and $20.32 for commercial/industrial/personal properties.

The new rates, however, will still need to be approved by the state Department of Revenue.

With the new tax rate, the average tax bill for single-family homes would increase by $199 to a total of $5,856 due to a rise in property values of about 3.52%. 

There has also been an increase in values for multifamily homes at 3.54% for two-family homes – resulting in a hike of $192 in the average tax bill – and 1.15% for three-family, which would increase the average tax bill by $70.

“Although this adjustment is an increase over last year, Marlborough still has the lowest average tax bill in all its regional communities dating back to 2012,” said Mayor Arthur Vigeant.

Condominiums also rose in value, but under the new rate, there would be a reduction of $34 in the average tax bill to $3,212.

A similar scenario would exist for commercial and industrial property values – an increase in value, but a reduction in taxes for the 2023 fiscal year.

“I believe [the new rates] to be fair and equitable,” said Councilor John Irish.

Principal Assessor John Valade also recommended a reduction in the tax levy. He asked for a transfer of $46,650 from the sale of graves; and a transfer of $838,369.97 from the Overlay Reserve.

Both transfers were approved by the City Council.

To see details about how the city determines the tax rates, as well as the city’s top taxpayers, visit https://www.marlborough-ma.gov/sites/g/files/vyhlif7576/f/agendas/22-packet-1205.pdf


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