Residential Taxes to Increase

The average single family home will see a $65 increase in their taxes as the City Council voted through a classification that favors lower levels for commercial properties.

City Councilors voted for a tax rate that puts slightly more burden on the residential rather than commercial and industrial properties.

"The only way to lower taxes is to take out your pen at budget time," said Councilor Michael Ossing who explained he felt both residential and commercial taxes were a good level. "A $60 increase in a community that has all the services that Marlborough provides is a pretty good year."

The vote was welcome by the business community.

“I am very pleased that the split has come closer together.” said Susanne Morreale-Leeber the President of the Marlborough Regional Chamber of Commerce. “The business community is here for all of you.”

The commercial and industrial sector will pay 47 percent of levied taxes
taxes with the remaining 53 percent being born by residential property owners. In the previous year, the commercial and industrial properties paid 48 percent of the taxes.

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A uniform tax rate for all properties would be $19.37 per $1,000 valuation.

The tax rates are listed below:

Property Class FY 2013 FY 2012 Residential 15.00 14.8 Commercial 28.46 29.04 Industrial 28.46 29.04 Personal Property 28.46 29.04

The shift in taxes will lead to a $65 increase for single family homes, a decrease for condominiums and an increase for apartments.

Residential Class FY 2012 Value Avg. Tax FY 2013 Value Avg. Tax Change Single Family Homes $302,400
$4,476 $302,700 $4,541 $65 Condominiums $152,700


$142,700 $2,140 - $120 2 Family Homes $215,900 $3,195 $220,000 $3,300 $105 3 Family Homes $219,300 $3,246 $220,100 $3,301 $55 Apartment Buildings $1,741,600 $25,776 $1,828,500 $27,428 $1,652

The increase for apartment valuation is a result of the strong rental market, according to the Board of Assessors.

The shift towards more burden on the residential tax base has been undertaken over the last 10 decades to reduce the amount by which taxes have been shifted to the commercial/industrial sector.

“This is in the interest of making Marlborough a more desirable place for developers to locate their businesses,” according to the board of assessors.

The shift was embraced by the councilors, with Councilor Joseph Delano making a request that the shift go even more to a straight split. While the split still slightly favors commercial, it is in line with surrounding communities, said officials.

"We have to bring our taxes down long term if we want to keep growing," said Delano who explained businesses are keenly aware of the tax rates. "We do have to look out for the long-term benefit of the community."

Not all councilors were in favor of putting more of an emphasis on residential taxes. The businesses already have a lot going for them when they move in, said Councilor Mark Oram.

"I cannot support a burden to the residential side," said Oram. "I think it's unfair to our residents."

JM December 18, 2012 at 12:02 PM
It's a b.s. calculation. My house went down 100k in value, yet my taxes are going up? Yes. All they have to do is just keep raising the rate. Awesome. Businesses are doing fine, and Marlborough certainly has enough businesses and hotels to sink a ship. But the residents have pay for all those new kids coming into the school system via the new 40B. Really??
arnold December 18, 2012 at 02:56 PM
Gotta find a way to satisfy the influential senior citizen lobby that WANT a new 'Senior Center', even though there has get to a "needs" assessment - they just 'want' it. Let their kids, grandchildren or somebody else pay for it.
Peg December 18, 2012 at 04:53 PM
In these economic times, when taxes are going to soar in 2 weeks on the federal level, it's the single family homeowner who is living paycheck to paycheck trying to decide which bill has to wait until next week to get paid. And how do the powers that be in Marlboro treat them? By wasting 7 mil building a new senior center that is not fiscally necessary right now, by allowing apartments whose tax revenues don't even come close to paying for the services provided to the tenants by the city, and then with a tax hike for the homeowners who do! I think it's time for the voters to reconsider their elected officials and take action. I lived in Marlboro for 35 years and I'm so glad I don't live in that dump you call a city anymore. I'm in a town where the people, via annual and special Town Meetings, make the decisions. The leadership in that city has been in a slow decline for years now. I feel sorry for those who still live there.
Neil Licht December 18, 2012 at 05:43 PM
Looks like a 2 family home gets shafted. Why? Isnt it the value of the property that tax is based on? Not all 2 family houses are "business ventures". Often, they are owner occupied or homes owned before but kept to supplement income. Why penalize the 2 family house? Logic escapes me on this approach. Neil Licht
Concerned Mom December 18, 2012 at 09:22 PM
Maybe if the City focused on ways to increase the value of living in Marlboro, thus increasing the value of our homes rather than decreasing they will get more tax money out of homeowners. Improve the schools, improve parks and recreation, clean up the dumpy areas, etc and people might actually want to move here. According to zillow.com the value of my home is at an all time low after 12 years. Building a 7million dollar senior center isn't going to have seniors flocking to Marlboro looking to buy my house...


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