Andover Townsman, Andover, MA


December 5, 2013

Tax hike OK'd

Homeowners' bills to rise 4.7 percent


Looking at the numbers a different way, Selectman Paul Salafia arrived at a solution that ultimately received majority support from both Kowalski and Selectman Mary Lyman.

Under the 147 shift, commercial tax bills stand for a 3.5 percent increase while industrial bills will see a 5.9 percent increase — the average of which is 4.7 percent. That is equal to the 4.7 percent increase seen by residential bills under that shift, according to Salafia.

Both Major and Vispoli said they supported the “stronger level of parity” seen in the 146 shift, but Vispoli ultimately said the difference from one to another was negligible in the end.

“At the end of the day, they’re all pretty close to each other,” he said.

With the vote supporting the 147 shift, selectmen also took up three discount and exemption votes that come up annually with the tax classification shift discussion.

The three votes were on percentage discounts for residential property with open space and two other measures that would offer up to a 10 percent exemption on commercial or residential bills. All three votes were set at zero percent, effectively having no effect.

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