Will rising foreclosures sink tax values? - Sentinel & Enterprise

There are 3 comments on the Sentinel & Enterprise story from Apr 27, 2008, titled Will rising foreclosures sink tax values? - Sentinel & Enterprise. In it, Sentinel & Enterprise reports that:

The number of foreclosures occurring in Leominster and Fitchburg are up dramatically in 2008, and experts believe the trend will continue for the foreseeable future.

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J_in _Ward _1

Taunton, MA

#1 Apr 28, 2008
Wouldn't it be a silver lining if property values decreased so much that our property taxes actually stabilized?

I'm not holding my breath though.

Since: Mar 08

Salem, MA

#2 Apr 28, 2008
According to the Assessor, declining property values don't affect tax assessments. That's the impression I got from the article. I know of houses that have been on the market for 2+ years, one for 4 years, and no sales.

Watertown, MA

#3 Apr 29, 2008
Typically, the way many cities/towns fiscal year runs as well as how the values need to be certified by the State, many municipalities run about 2 years behind the market. The good news (I guess) is that we should start to see declining property assessments soon.
The bad news is that municipalities cannot run at a deficit in MA. Therefore, if the budget stays the same (or goes up) and values decline, the Tax Rate is sure to go up.

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