In November, Norton approved a tax rate of $14.92 across the board for residential and commercial/industrial properties. This meant an increase of $246 for the average single family home. Increases felt by commercial and industrial properties vary by size – small commercial properties would see a 10 percent increase, or $473, and the largest would pay $5,877 more, also a 10 percent increase.
The tax rate in Norton his now higher than Attleboro, Taunton, N. Attleboro and Rehoboth. Easton and Mansfield remain higher.
“The taxes in Norton are now higher than most of the surrounding towns and barely above Mansfield who have much higher property values,” said Norton Patch reader Barbara Cobb. “Who regulates that businesses and residential pay the same rate? If this was a good idea then most towns would do this but they do not. If this continues, we are going to have problems selling our homes as property values are lower here but the taxes are higher.”
What do you think? Tell us in the comments section below.