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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.
PITTSFIELD — The debate over how much residents will pay in property taxes continues this week as the City Council meets Tuesday.
The North Adams City Council voted on the tax levy — the total amount of revenue the city can collect in property taxes — and the rate that business, homeowners, and other types of property tax payers would be charged next year.
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.
They say nothing is certain in life but death and taxes. It feels like one other certainty is that taxes are going to increase.
North Adams mayoral candidate Jennifer Macksey sent out hundreds of letters asking campaign contributions describing them as "tax-deductible," which they are not. That is a typo, she said.
By not giving the IRS the resources it needs — extra people, for one thing — the feckless rich either don’t pay their tax bill or have magic accountants capable of preparing intricate mazes of avoidance.
“Anyone may so arrange his affairs that his taxes shall be as low as possible; he is not bound to choose that pattern which will best pay the …
Jeff Bezos, CEO of Amazon, in Los Angeles, in 2019. “Paying more taxes should be a sign that you made more money — and good for you. We don’t …