Friday, December 8, 2006
Selectmen hold hearings on tax classifications
At their meeting on December 5 the Board of Selectmen held the annual hearing to consider whether the commercial tax rate in Carlisle should be higher than the residential rate. Currently and in the past Carlisle has had a one tax rate. Town Assessor John Speidel said that the commercial rate can go up to 150% of the residential rate, but with so few businesses in town, "It's really not worth it." Selectman Tim Hult estimated that increasing commercial taxes would save the homeowner less than $20. The Selectmen voted to maintain the unitary tax rate.
The classification hearings are a required step before the town can set the property tax rates, which are needed for calculating tax bills.
On November 28 the Selectmen decided to send a letter to the Massachusetts Department of Revenue complaining about the slow progress on completing the approvals needed for the town's tax classification this year. Other towns have experienced the same problem.
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