Westborough tax increase decreases from January estimate


Westborough tax increase decreases from January estimate
A car passes in front of Westborough Town Hall back in December. (Photo/Laura Hayes)

WESTBOROUGH – With the closing of the Town Meeting warrant comes some good news for the town’s annual budget.

Town Manager Kristi Williams told the Select Board during its Feb. 28 meeting that the average single-family tax bill for the 2024 fiscal year will increase by $795 – about $100 less than what was projected at January’s budget summit.

The increase includes the hike in Waste Connection tonnage fees to $85 per ton, as well as increases to recently approved contracts.

Williams credited higher state aid numbers for the rollback in the tax bill increase.

There’s still some ambiguity for the town’s insurance budget and electricity rates.

“We’re still watching electricity rates,” said Williams, adding they may “sign something” in the next four-six weeks.

New contracts

The board approved new three-year deals for the patrol, clerical and Department of Public Works unions.

The employees for all three unions will receive cost-of-living increases; the DPW and patrol unions will also get an increase in their clothing allowances.

Employees will also get Juneteenth as a paid holiday.


Initial projections warn of possible major tax increase for Westborough families in FY23