Would you prefer an 8% property tax rate cut or no change?

Would you rather your property tax rate went down 8% or stayed the same?

The answer may not be obvious. Look at Marblehead and Swampscott for FY2015:

Source: Assessors' Offices

Source: Assessors’ Offices

In both towns the average tax bill will increase 4%, but the average $ increase will be $309 in Marblehead and $352 in Swampscott.

Because Proposition 2 1/2 limits the increase in the amount that can be raised through property taxes, when assessed values increase, tax rates generally go down.

FY2015 tax rates are based on values as of January 1, 2014, so reflect prices in calendar year 2013. In 2013 the median sale price in Swampscott increased 11% vs a 5% increase in Marblehead.

In 2014, however,  the median sale price in Swampscott was flat while it increased 10% in Marblehead.

Thus, other things being equal, the outlook for FY2016 is for the tax rate in Swampscott to tick up while Marblehead should see a decent reduction.

If you – or somebody you know – are considering buying or selling a home and have questions about the market and/or current home prices, feel free to contact me on 617.834.8205 or Andrew.Oliver@SothebysRealty.com.

Andrew Oliver is a Realtor with Harborside Sotheby’s International Realty

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