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Since 1979, the state has offered a program to ease the tax burden for legal residents. So, why have only 16 out of 351 Massachusetts cities and towns signed up?
A bump in home values might increase Great Barrington residents’ tax bills next year, but with a lower tax rate due to a hot market, they might not rise as high as they previously would have.
The City Council voted Tuesday to adopt Mayor Linda Tyer's original tax rates, voting against using additional money from the city's free cash account to lower the tax levy further.
PITTSFIELD — The debate over how much residents will pay in property taxes continues this week as the City Council meets Tuesday.
Several City Council members are hoping to use free cash — leftover unrestricted money for last year's budget — to reduce the tax bill of residents after they said Mayor Linda Tyer's proposal would create too big a bill for their constituents.
Mayor Linda Tyer's said rising property values among single-family homes well positions Pittsfield's financial future. But rising property values may mean bigger tax bills for residents even as the mayor proposes a rate decrease.
As home values soar, the town’s tax rate declines in an effort to keep bills stable.
STOCKBRIDGE — Residents, business owners and the town’s handful of industrial firms will continue to pay a single, uniform tax rate, slightly …