Tag Archive for: Property Taxes


Massachusetts Split Property Tax Rates – Considerations for the Current Economic Climate

Many taxing jurisdictions distinguish among the various property types and treat them differently. Common property classifications include: residential, commercial, industrial, and agricultural. A majority of states, some 60 percent, use some kind of classification, but those classifications vary in scope and effective tax burden (i.e., the actual amount of tax paid after credits, deductions and other changes are taken into account.) Classifications are also operationalized differently among states. Some use a set rate for different types of properties and others use a ratio of assessment and market values.

COVID-19 will likely lead to a recession. Can Massachusetts municipal budgets handle one?

Using municipalities' experiences during the Great Recession, a new policy brief examines the likely impact of COVID-19 on local property taxes, as well as political implications for state aid. We list the municipal revenues by category among the least tax-reliant communities in Massachusetts, show the trajectory of tax revenue growth rate in Massachusetts state and local governments, and rank stabilization fund assets per capita among Massachusetts Gateway Cities.

MassAnalysis: What are the 10 towns with the highest local taxes per capita?

Massachusetts municipalities generate the bulk of their revenue…

MassAnalysis: Understanding local debts

Although they must maintain balanced budgets, Massachusetts municipalities…

MassAnalysis: In search of a strong financial footing

You don't have to be a member of the Finance Committee to know…

What do Property Taxes Mean for your Town?

Earlier this year, the Boston Globe published an article comparing…