Tax Breakdown Per Person

What goes out and what comes in when it comes to taxes on the North Shore.

Wondering what goes out to your communities and what comes back? This week we take a quick look at a portion of how people are taxed on the North Shore.
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Manchester has the most taxes collected per person at $3,600 whereas Lynn has the least at $1,094. State Aid per person is given back to cities and towns. Lynn receives the most money back from the state ($1,535) but Manchester has the least at $40 per person, according to the Department of Revenue. 

The taxes include: personal property taxes, real estate taxes, excise taxes, penalties and interest, payments in lieu of taxes, and other taxes that stay with the local community.

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Community Taxes Collected Per Resident Total Taxes Collected  State Aid Per Person Total State Aid To Community Beverly $1,865 $73,711,302 $316 $12,504,579 Boxford $2,762 $22,549,898 $263 $2,143,396 Danvers $2,197 $59,820,784 $259 $7,061,098 Essex $3,085 $10,311,670 $75 $251,132 Georgetown $1,590 $13,870,210 $704 $6,146,685 Hamilton $2,733 $22,553,483 $88 $726,792 Ipswich $2,185 $29,299,593 $395 $5,294,709 Lynn $1,094 $95,795,726 $1,535 $134,368,404 Lynnfield $2,506 $30,163,317 $397 $4,778,019 Manchester $3,600 $18,737,820 $40 $208,445 Marblehead $2,539 $50,689,490 $314 $6,262,166 Middleton $2,215 $20,470,259 $219 $2,026,893 Nahant $2,095 $7,604,009 $230 $835,022 Peabody $1,648 $85,259,490 $486 $25,145,202 Rowley $1,965 $11,448,905 $95 $553,590 Salem $1,756 $72,637,798 $579 $23,966,838 Saugus $1,768 $49,416,893 $276 $7,707,645 Swampscott $2,876 $40,394,360 $273 $3,828,844 Topsfield $2,767 $17,001,120 $277 $1,701,576 Wenham $2,544 $12,155,279 $81 $388,415

Information compiled using data from the Department of Revenue.

* Note: earlier versions of this story listed the incorrect total state aid for some of the towns - not reflecting 2011 data. It has since been fixed.

Joe January 19, 2012 at 04:26 PM
The "Total State Aid To Community" value for Lynn looks WAY OFF to me. This chart says that Lynnfield receives almost as much from the state as Lynn? Based on approx population of about 87,000 people @ $1535 pp, aren't we talking about Lynn receiving about $134 million from the state? I think the total shown is missing a couple of digits!
Uncle Leo January 19, 2012 at 04:45 PM
My basis for those comments is the town always seems to have a balanced budget. I cannot remember the last time MHD needed a Prop 2 1/2 override. You have new and renovated schools and your roads are far better than Swampscott's. And you do all this with the lowest tax per person of all comparable towns (except Lynnfield). I'd say that is a pretty well run town.
KlassySalem January 19, 2012 at 06:29 PM
The state aid per person number can't possibly be right for Wenham. More state aid per person than any town other than Lynn? I don't think so.
kerstin locherie February 03, 2013 at 04:55 PM
Agreed, real estate taxes should be income based assessed. If a person owns his or her home out right having no mortgage then the tax should be assessed upon means based metrics. A family having paid off their mortgage are usually older or elderly citizens. Instead of being penalized or forced to move from the community, they should be taxed on their income. Just as Senior or Public housing is assessed. There are many other revenue streams which should be released by the state for taxation. If Gordon College, Gordon Conwell and other institutions were allowed to be taxed along with other lands, which could be used for industry, business or homes, Hamilton would have the lowest real estate tax and still have well funded schools. This is what the state concluded below : "The state owns thousands of properties utilized for many purposes, including farms, forests, parks, DOT easements, vacant land, schools, universities, warehouses -- just a multitude of things," Hays said. "If the land is not serving a useful purpose and probably doesn't have a useful purpose forecast in the near future, we need to put that land back on the tax rolls."
kerstin locherie February 03, 2013 at 04:58 PM
State government should move toward collecting the sales tax on Internet purchases, give state employees a bigger stake in their own health care and drop the "DROP" pension plan that lets workers stay on the job while collecting pensions.Those were among the items listed Thursday as a conservative policy organization presented its billion-dollar legislative wish list.


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