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2013 Tax Rates by Municipality: How Does Medford Compare?

Medford's residential tax rate is below the average rate for the coming year in other towns and cities surveyed.

As 2013 begins, property tax rates are increasing for residents across Massachusetts, including in Medford—so how does that compare to surrounding communities?

Out of 27 communities in the area, Medford's 2013 residential tax rate lands among the lower rates, according to rates compiled by Patch through the state Department of Revenue's Division of Local Services.

Chelmsford's 2013 residential tax rate of $17.95 is the highest of the communities surveyed. Cambridge continues to levy the lowest residential taxes, with a 2013 rate of $8.66 (Cambridge also adopts a residential exemption).

The average residential tax rate for those communities surveyed was $13.09 in 2012 and has risen to $13.58 for this coming year.

Boston's commercial tax rate of $31.96 is the highest commercial rate of the communities surveyed, while Winchester is the lowest with a rate of $12.01.

Check the chart below to see comparisons between communities.

2013 Tax Rates By Municipality

Information taken from the state Division of Local Services. In order from lowest residential rate in 2013 to highest. See the attached PDF for more 2013 tax rates as approved by the state.

Community Residential Tax Rate   
   Commercial and Industrial Tax Rate   
   Residential Exemption 2013 2012 2013 2012 Cambridge 8.66 8.48  21.50 20.76 30% Woburn 10.40 10.40 27.01 26.83 Saugus 11.28 11.04 24.90 24.16 Brookline 11.65 11.40 18.97 18.58 20% Burlington 11.85 11.55 31.70 30.95 Peabody 11.98 11.82 23.57 23.43 Wakefield 12.29 11.90 24.97 24.18 Medford 12.36 12.03 24.39 23.72 Winchester 12.77 12.55 12.01 11.77 Melrose 13.03 12.76 19.90 19.47 Stoneham 13.06 12.61 21.00 20.25 Boston 13.14 13.04 31.96 31.92 30% Belmont 13.33 13.35 13.33 13.35
Somerville 13.42 13.09 22.38 21.85 30% Arlington 13.61 13.66 13.61 13.66 Wilmington 13.61 12.14 28.64 28.10 North Andover 13.72 12.92 18.85 19.16 Andover 14.51 14.15 24.26
23.54 Danvers 14.54 13.93 20.23 19.38 Lynnfield 14.82 14.26 16.29 15.56 Reading 14.94 14.15 14.94 14.15 Tewksbury 15.44 14.93 25.60 25.05 Malden 15.88 14.33 25.42 24.84 20% North Reading 16.04 14.38 16.04 14.38 Westford 16.13 15.55 16.38 15.79 Salem 16.38 15.63 31.46 29.81 20% Chelmsford 17.95 17.49 17.95 17.49
raymay January 04, 2013 at 09:16 PM
When posters start screeching here that Medford taxes them to death, please give them a ticket to Chelmsford?

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