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Tell Us: Are Taxes in Norton Too High?

One Norton Patch reader says yes.

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.

Bob Adams February 25, 2013 at 07:14 PM
I would guess the same tax rate is in hopes to draw more commercial / industrial businesses to Norton which often have more land and thus in the end pay more that goes to needed services / schools, and etc as well creating more jobs. If we didn't do that then our taxes would likely be higher. Easton and Mansfield are higher based on their location being the other side of Rt.495 within the second loop to Boston (and commuter rail access). I mean we are talking about $246 more...67 cents more a day. I have no issue with it assuming the $ is spent wisely.
Bob Adams February 25, 2013 at 07:24 PM
BTW Easton and Rehoboth also has same rate for residential and commercial http://norton.patch.com/articles/norton-residential-tax-rates-ranks-fourth-against-neighbors
Dick McLaughlin February 25, 2013 at 08:26 PM
Most City and towns that want to attract business to offset tax rates have a lower tax rate for commercial and businesses. I just moved to Norton, and it appears we have excessive police and the High School cost per student is also too high. If the tax rate stays lower the proerty values will grow and revenue will go up. Keep them down and give busibess a lower tax rate to attract them to bring in jobs and revenue.
Steve La Bollita February 26, 2013 at 03:56 AM
It would be nice if the new property tax income would go towards improving the drinking water in the town. It would be fantastic if the town administrators found clean drinking water to be as high of a priority as they found new carpeting in the town hall and library, which they spent almost $100K on last year.

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