Ashburnham homeowner wants off the ta...

Ashburnham homeowner wants off the tax rate-property value seesaw

There are 7 comments on the Sentinel & Enterprise story from May 11, 2014, titled Ashburnham homeowner wants off the tax rate-property value seesaw. In it, Sentinel & Enterprise reports that:

Homeowners Carmine and Phyllis Antidormi say the increasing property-tax rate is putting the squeeze on residents, but town officials say their experience is not typical and most residents have felt only small tax increases.

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Mrmrtnt

Townsend, MA

#1 May 15, 2014
Have been looking to buy a home for the past several months. Small town tax rates have greatly detered us from even considering places such as Ashburnham & the like surrounding towns from buying there. Don't need 2 mortgage payments plus the expense of a private septic, trash, & water. What do these small town managers & councils do w/all this funding coming out of the pockets of property owners???
Get a clue!!!
You might have others willing to move to your towns & help relieve some of the burdens from the existing tax payers & property owners!!!
Right

Fitchburg, MA

#2 May 19, 2014
Mrmrtnt wrote:
Have been looking to buy a home for the past several months. Small town tax rates have greatly detered us from even considering places such as Ashburnham & the like surrounding towns from buying there. Don't need 2 mortgage payments plus the expense of a private septic, trash, & water. What do these small town managers & councils do w/all this funding coming out of the pockets of property owners???
Get a clue!!!
You might have others willing to move to your towns & help relieve some of the burdens from the existing tax payers & property owners!!!
Taxes are keeping you from moving to Ashburnham or nearby? How are the rates there in BELMONT?

Oh I see, that's the reason you're looking here. Belmont is astronomical, the west, high, why are you only talking about the high rate areas and just accepting the astronomical ones?
Mrmrtnt

Townsend, MA

#3 May 19, 2014
At the very least there services are provided including public access transportation, sewer, trash, water, & certainly an area that has a greater choice & higher pay scales in the job MKT. Get a clue & at least fix your roads! No I'm talking about poor city mgt. across the state. What services have you received lately for your tax $'s that have been collected from over inflated property tax rate values. A fair MKT. evaluation w/current property sales rates in mind would be a fair option. Wouldn't you agree? These homeowners are still tax burdened with the tax rates of a much better economy as well as property values that have plummeted. Wasn't that what the whole idea behind what the Boston tea party was about? Equal representation & fair taxation rates for all?.........
Devils Advocate

Rockville, MD

#4 May 19, 2014
Yeah, you do have a point there. Tax collections go into Boston and what percentage comes back? It is small. Most goes to support the greater Boston areas roads and public transportation.

What is there in central MA for public transportation?
Right

Waltham, MA

#5 May 19, 2014
Devils Advocate wrote:
Yeah, you do have a point there. Tax collections go into Boston and what percentage comes back? It is small. Most goes to support the greater Boston areas roads and public transportation.
What is there in central MA for public transportation?
There will soon be a commuter rail in the center of Westminster, Ashburnham, Fitchburg, accesible right off RT 2 which gives Gardner and many other western outliers access as well.
Right

Waltham, MA

#6 May 19, 2014
Mrmrtnt wrote:
At the very least there services are provided including public access transportation, sewer, trash, water, & certainly an area that has a greater choice & higher pay scales in the job MKT. Get a clue & at least fix your roads! No I'm talking about poor city mgt. across the state. What services have you received lately for your tax $'s that have been collected from over inflated property tax rate values. A fair MKT. evaluation w/current property sales rates in mind would be a fair option. Wouldn't you agree? These homeowners are still tax burdened with the tax rates of a much better economy as well as property values that have plummeted. Wasn't that what the whole idea behind what the Boston tea party was about? Equal representation & fair taxation rates for all?.........
"At the very least there services are provided including public access transportation, sewer, trash, water,"

public access transportation: Yes
sewer: Yes
Trash: Yes
Water: yes
Extra dump items, washers etc: Yes
Leaves and yard waste pickup: Yes
Police: yes
Fire: Yes
Courts: Yes
Animal Control: Yes
Access to highways: Yes
Access to high paying jobs: Within 40 minutes, Yes.
Quiet, peaceful backyard Saturday nights with ZERO traffic noise, Yes.
Lots of trees and walking, biking, hiking, Yes.
My Wachusett, Yes.
Civic cleanup days: Yes.
4th of July parade: Yes.
Memorial day ceremonies: Yes
Longsjo Bike Race: Well, partial, too many people were fooled in voting, we needed to spend 25K to keep 500K and people chose not to spend it!!!!

So all in all, yes, we have lots of good programs and rewards for our taxes out here.

Are cities and towns struggling since the great recession, yes.
Are we struggling to improve house values since the great sucking of wealth by Wall Street, Yes.

"Wasn't that what the whole idea behind what the Boston tea party was about?"
Actually, No, that's not what the Tea Party was about, the Tea Party (Original, Boston based, UK rebuttal) is what that was about.

You must have been thinking, OR NOT, about Daniel Shays rebellion?
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shays%27_Rebelli... , long after the Tea Party happened.
asnfawewe

Taipei, Taiwan

#7 May 23, 2014

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