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Salem Raises Property Taxes by $71 on Average Home

The city stays $3 million under state tax limit.

The City Council voted Thursday night nine to one to raise the average single-family residential property tax for next year by $71 and condo owners by $100.

It voted to keep the business tax rates at the same 1.65 percent split. The average commercial tax bill will be $15,481.

The average two and three-family residential buildings will increase about $115.

The average single family home was valued at $284,800. The average condo was valued at $217,300. Seventy five percent of all residences in Salem are in these two categories.

The average two-family residential building was valued at $273,300, while the average three-family building was $295,200.

The total city property tax levy will be $74,879,216. That amount is about $3 million less than what the law allows it to raise tax under the state's Proposition 21/2.

The lone vote against the tax rate came from Ward 6 Councilor Paul Prevey, who said he tried to get the council to reduce the budget earlier this year so the tax rate would not have to be raised.

The new residential tax rates will keep Salem among the lowest among surrounding towns and cities. Only the cities of Lynn and Peabody were expected to have a lower tax rate than Salem.

Danvers had the next highest with an average increase of $129. Beverly and Marblehead were raising the average tax by $134. And Swampscott raised its average tax by $233.

Over the last dozen years, Salem has seen its share of residential taxpayers rise, while its percentage of commercial tax payers has declined. Residential taxpayers now make up 82 percent of the city, as compared to 73 percent in 2000.

adrienne December 09, 2012 at 12:54 PM
dear Mayor Driscoll-I love to work!! But, I work in the service industry & in this rotten, economic recession that we're stuck in, my income has taken a hit. i would love to do work to beautify the City of Salem to pay my property taxes! i'll start right in my neighborhood. of course, i will have to be paid the same hourly rate as a Salem DPW employee. let's make a deal, OK?
Joseph Donoghue December 10, 2012 at 04:43 PM
In reference to the tax increases, the new regulations requiring flood insurance has already wreaked havoc with my budget. Now, the City adding more to the property taxes is just a bit much. Homeowners cannot shop for the best deal in either case. when factoring in the decreases in services, trash pick-up, recycling issues, and the decline in the school system, I feel high jacked and with the fiscal cliff overshadowing cuts in local aid, next year will bring more of the same.
Carolyn Costain December 11, 2012 at 05:07 AM
We should all be writing to president Obama! He made promises that no taxes "Not even taxes on property would go up!" Our city government is out of control! I think I am going to bombard the White house with letters! "I think the real reason our city is raising taxes is because our Mayor most likely ran short on her stupid idiotic cruise ship project!"We all need to go to city hall and get the summary of the 20 year plan for this city! All the projects that we read about have been on the books for years and we only fine out about them after the plans are in motion and it hits the news.If we were all smart we would have a Boston Tea Party of our own at toss our tax bills into the harbor off the Wharf next to the ship!
Carolyn Costain December 11, 2012 at 05:46 AM
What this city needs is to clean out the house called City hall and get some real people in there that care about the residents of this city!
Marie December 21, 2012 at 06:10 PM
Homeowners pay more taxes? So what else is new? The biggest taxpayer will be shutting down {Power Plant} yet Salem State and Salem Hospital don't pay anything. Is there something wrong with this picture? Yes, and it begins with City Hall.

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