Notice for Residential Taxpayers - Public Hearing on 11/22/0

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Notice for Residential Taxpayers - Public Hearing on 11/22/0

Postby mike_flynn on Mon Nov 07, 2005 9:48 am

This is a notice to all Residential Taxpayers who think that it is time for Commercial and Industrial Taxpayers to start paying their fair share of local property taxes. There will be a Public Hearing on Tuesday, November 22, 2005, at 7:35 p. m. in the Selectmen’s Meeting Room, Town Hall. Please show up and let our elected Selectmen know that we are fed up with the outrageous Residential tax increases over the last few years.

For more information about the meeting, check out:
Tax Classification Hearing

For the FY2005 Assessments, check out:
FY2005 Assessments
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Postby CryFowler on Mon Nov 07, 2005 11:43 am

With all these high taxes and crappy services, then the voters vote for huge addition to the senior center. Nice job idiots, thank yourselves for not voting against it. Anyone who doesn't vote has only themselves to blame.
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Postby tewksres477 on Mon Nov 07, 2005 11:51 am

wait. are you calling people here idiots??
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Postby swamper on Mon Nov 07, 2005 12:54 pm

As usual there's such "great timing" here in Tewksbury...nothing like having a meeting of this sort TWO NIGHTS before Thanksgiving and the night before the biggest "travel date" of the year! [img]images/smiles/icon_rolleyes.gif[/img]
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Postby ttutt on Tue Nov 08, 2005 1:04 am

This should be the time to pick your TURKEYS also!
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Postby swamper on Tue Nov 08, 2005 1:21 am

Oh, I'm sure there'll be plenty of "official turkeys" at the mtg. ...lol [img]images/smiles/icon_wink.gif[/img]
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Postby mike_flynn on Sun Nov 20, 2005 9:28 am

Just to bump this topic up and refresh everyone with the highlights from last year's Public Hearing:

Comparing the FY2004 Assessments and Tax Rates (RO = 10.39, CIP = 18.87) to the FY2005 Assessments and Tax Rates (RO = 10.10, CIP = 18.08), I compiled a list of the Losers (tax increases) and Winners (Tax decreases). One can only conclude that the burden of this year's Automatic 2.5% Tax Increase (whether we need it or not) plus making up the deficit for the "Winners" was placed on the Residential properties.

First, the Losers (average Single Family Home tax increase):
Cape Cod +1.3%
Conventional +3.9%
Ranch +4.5%
Colonial +5.7%
Split-Level +6.4%
Modern/Contemporary +8.4%
Bungalow +10.8%
Raised Ranch +12.2%

And now, the Winners:
Raytheon (100 Apple Hill Dr)
2004 $49,752,900 x 18.87/1000 = $938,837.22
2005 $50,242,800 x 18.08/1000 = $908,389.82 (-3.2%)

Home Depot, Applebee's, Burger King (85 Main St)
2004 $14,070,100 x 18.87/1000 = $265,502.79
2005 $14,069,500 x 18.08/1000 = $254,376.56 (-4.2%)

Stadium Plaza: Kmart, Marshalls, Staples, Payless, CVS, Wine & Spirits, Market Basket (10 Main St)
2004 $14,357,700 x 18.87/1000 = $270,929.80
2005 $14,332,700 x 18.08/1000 = $259,135.22 (-4.4%)

Avid Technology Park (1925 Andover St)
2004 $16,544,100 x 18.87/1000 = $312,187.17
2005 $16,408,400 x 18.08/1000 = $296,663.87 (-5.0%)

495 Network Center (836 North St)
2004 $29,839,400 x 18.87/1000 = $563,069.48
2005 $29,461,500 x 18.08/1000 = $532,663.92 (-5.4%)

Walmart (333 Main St)
2004 $10,476,600 x 18.87/1000 = $197,693.44
2005 $9,516,600 x 18.08/1000 = $172,060.13 (-13.0%)

Demoulas (Market Basket) Warehouse (875 East St)
2004 $20,013,500 x 18.87/1000 = $377,654.75
2005 $17,878,400 x 18.08/1000 = $323,241.47 (-14.4%)
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Postby loverly on Sun Nov 20, 2005 5:49 pm

reminder- Stadium Plaza, Home Depot etc plaza and Oakdale plaza are all owned by Demoulas
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Postby mike_flynn on Sun Nov 20, 2005 7:25 pm

<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by HAR:
Mike, Do these numbers also include the tens of thousands of dollars in abatements the town had to give these commercial "Winners"?<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

HAR,

My numbers do not include the generous abatements that were automatically given out to at least 22 Commercial/Industrial property owners. My numbers were based on the assessments available on the Town's website.
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Postby mike_flynn on Sun Nov 20, 2005 8:52 pm

If you don't believe that Commercial/Industrial/Personal (CIP) Property owners have not paid their fair share of local property taxes lately, check out the following graph. Instead of a yearly tax levy increase of at least 2.5% (plus new growth, plus overrides), the levy for all Commercial/Industrial/Personal (CIP) Properties decreased by 3.5% in FY2004, and decreased by 3.1% in FY2005. Since this appears to be not enough of a decrease in their tax bill, at least 22 CIP Property owners have gotten their FY2005 abatement requests rubber stamped for fear of them suing. Residential and Open Space (RO) Property owners have paid their fair share (and more!) for long enough.

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Postby HAR on Mon Nov 21, 2005 1:31 am

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Postby HAR on Mon Nov 21, 2005 1:36 am

Mike, Do these numbers also include the tens of thousands of dollars in abatements the town had to give these commercial "Winners"?
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Postby HAR on Mon Nov 21, 2005 11:14 am

Mike,

Thanks for your help with this very serious issue. The Board of Selectmen needs to take notice. As I see it, it will be 1 to 4 or 2 to 3 vote in favor of reducing the tax burden for the homeowners. Commercial taxpayers will win again!

Any homeowner in Tewksbury that does not attend the Tax Hearing tomorrow night should not complain when they get their tax bills.
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Postby swamper on Mon Nov 21, 2005 3:33 pm

Again, scheduling an important meeting such as this TWO DAYS before Thanksgiving is poor planning and just plain stupid (or sly like a fox depending on how you look at it! [img]images/smiles/icon_wink.gif[/img]) I'm sure there are many residents who would like to attend, myself included, but between holiday preparations, packing, travel, etc. just cannot do so.
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Postby lifelongresident on Wed Nov 23, 2005 12:29 pm

Tewksbury taxes to go up $250 in 2006
By ALEXANDRA MAYER-HOHDAHL, Sun Staff

TEWKSBURY -- Residents can expect their taxes to increase by an average of about $250, while businesses will see their taxes drop by an average of almost $50 in fiscal year 2006.

Selectmen voted last night to raise residential taxes by 7.75 percent, while commercial taxes will fall by 1.88 percent. The discrepancy is linked to the marked increase in the value of residential properties as opposed to the sluggish value growth for commercial and industrial properties, according to Chief Assessor Jay Kelley.

A single-family home's value increased by 8 percent from fiscal year 2005 to 2006, while the value of an average industrial property remained the same.

“This is a phenomenon that's occurring throughout Massachusetts,â€￾ Town Manager David Cressman said. “Residential values are increasing at a far greater pace than industrial and open space.â€￾

The board voted 4-1 to pass the new tax rates. Selectmen Jerry Selissen voted against the motion, backing a resident who had argued that the burden should not all be placed on residential taxpayers.

But Chairman Joe Gill said a higher tax rate for commercial properties would be detrimental to attracting new business to Tewksbury.

“The business climate is sour in this town,â€￾ Gill said. “The Route 38 (construction) disaster has a lot of businesses hurting -- increasing their tax rate would be a slap in the face.â€￾

Selectmen had invited MassHighway to appear before the board last night todiscuss the construction that has been going on at the intersection of Route 38 and Shawsheen Street. Residents and selectmen have on several occasions complained about the conditions on the construction site.

But MassHighway “respectfully declinedâ€￾ the invitation, Gill said, stating that it would instead continue meeting with Cressman on a weekly basis.

“It's a huge embarrassment,â€￾ Selectman Charles Coldwell said.

The $1.5 million project is to be completed in the summer of 2006.

In other business, selectmen denied the transfer of the Class II License for Americar Superstore, a used-car dealership that has been a fixture in Tewksbury for more than a decade.

Dan Nickerson, of Nickerson Enterprises, was seeking the board's approval for having the license transferred back to his name, but instead was told that his business had been “deceitful, belligerent and unresponsive to customers,â€￾ according to a police report.

Selectmen had asked the Police Department to investigate complaints that had been made against Americar as late as last month. The business had previously been investigated at least once by the attorney general's office while it was owned by Nickerson Enterprises.

The board backed Chief Alfred Donovan's recommendation that “the business be sold to an owner with a proven history of good business practices.â€￾
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