Monday, November 26, 2012
The tax rate will drop, and the average tax bill will drop slightly, this year in Hamilton.
The average property tax bill in Hamilton is expected to drop slightly this year. That’s based on the total tax levy and the total assessed value of the property in the town, after last week’s tax classification hearing by the Hamilton Board of Selectmen at Hamilton Town Hall. The fiscal 2013 tax rate was set at $17.25 per $1,000 of property value. Based on that rate, the average annual tax bill for a single family home will go down by an average of $46. “That’s good news, very good news,” said Selectman Jeff Hubbard. The board also decided to set the same rate for residential property and for commercial property. Hamilton has 4 percent of its property as commercial, while towns are recommended to not consider a so-called tax shift unless …
Friday, December 30, 2011
Hamilton Selectmen are looking at ways to tell prospective home buyers about all the great things Hamilton offers. What should top the list?
Everyone has his or her own reasons for living in Hamilton or moving to Hamilton. Every other week in our “Meet Your Neighbor” column, a local residents tells us why they moved here. And Hamilton Selectmen are looking for ways to better tout all the pluses of the town. Earlier this year a survey of residents found that most of them were happy living in Hamilton but noting that it is an expensivce place to live. So tell us, what’s best about Hamilton? We’ve included what seems to be some of the most-often mentioned reasons in outr poll. But if you have another reason, add it in the comments. Or if you want to explain your vote, feel free to do that in the comments too.
Tuesday, December 27, 2011
Hamilton Selectmen are looking at ways to market the town and tout the positives - to draw attention to more than the town's high tax rate.
Hamilton town leaders see Marblehead residents looking for more open space and buyers struck by the “sticker shock” in Manchester-by-the-Sea as prospective homebuyers in town. Earlier this month Jennifer Scuteri, chairman of the Hamilton Board of Selectmen, and board member Jeff Hubbard met with about 10 local real estate agents to hear about house hunter’s views of the town. And last week, selectmen debriefed the meeting at Hamilton Town Hall and worked to come up with ways to use the information they had gathered from real estate agents. The top concern from the real estate agents – the tax rate. “They see the property tax line and they think it is a typo,” Scuteri said real estate agents told her, describing the reaction of potential …
Tuesday, November 22, 2011
The Hamilton Board of Selectmen set the fiscal 2012 tax rate on Monday night, which will hold the total tax bill steady for most single-family homeowners.
Tax bills in Hamilton will hold steady this year, the Board of Assessors said on Monday night as the Board of Selectmen set the town’s fiscal 2012 tax rate. In many cases, property owner's tax bills may actually drop. A combination of a drop in town spending combined with a drop in home values means the tax rate will go up from $17.19 per $1,000 of value to $17.40. But because the tax levy – the total amount of money to be collected by taxes – went down by $432,636, the average tax bill will also drop slightly. The new tax rate is for fiscal 2012, which began on July 1. The new rate and assessments will show up on the third quarter tax bills. “The amount of taxes you pay in the median range is going to stay stable,” said Finance Director …
Monday, November 21, 2011
An essential get-me-going daily morning column from Hamilton-Wenham Patch.
Today is Monday, Nov. 21 Here are five things you need to know: 1. Chilly: The sun will be out on Monday but it will be a cold day. The forecast calls for the temperature to actually drop through the day into the 30s. 2. Recipes: Have a great Thanksgiving recipe you want to share with your neighbors? Today is the deadline to submit it to Patch’s recipe share at Hamiltonemail@example.com. 3. Spirit Week: Monday’s theme for Spirit Week at Hamilton-Wenham Regional High School is “pajama party.” The fun continues through Wednesday, leading up to Thursday morning’s football game in Ipswich. 4. H-W Suff: Thanksgiving is still a few days away, but if you want to get a jumpstart of your holiday shopping, right from your desk, surf on over to the “…