Thursday, March 21, 2013
Norton is ranked four out of 18 for the highest average tax bill in Bristol county.
If your tax bill seemed too hefty this year it may not help to look at the average bill for other towns in Bristol County. According to a spreadsheet based on information published by the state Division of Local Services, Norton has the fourth highest average single-family tax bill in the county at $4,200. Only Easton, Mansfield and Raynham have higher averages in Bristol County. In order of most to least expensive, here are the average single-family tax bills for other local towns and Bristol County for 2013: Bristol County Local towns: Note: Data for Berkley, Someset, and Westport was not available.
Monday, February 25, 2013
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 …
Friday, January 25, 2013
Their proposal calls for a two-thirds majority vote before tax increases can be passed.
Friday, January 25
House Republicans are proposing new rules that would make tax increases harder to pass. Now, tax increases need a simple majority to pass but under the GOP's proposal they would need a two-thirds majority to become law, the AP reported. Republicans also want any change to apply to withdrawals from the state's rainy day fund as well. They also want to bar the house speaker from voting unless there is a tie, claiming that the speaker's vote tends to strongly influence the vote of majority party members. The proposals came out just before Governor Deval Patrick submitted his $34.8 billion budget to the State House. The budget calls for an income tax increase of one percentage point – from 5.25 percent to 6.25 percent – coupled with a …
Friday, December 14, 2012
It has not been increased in more than two decades. Some people say the time has come to raise it. Others say people pay enough taxes.
As time progresses, unfortunately so do prices. That cheap burger you bought many years ago is no longer so cheap. What once could be purchased with some loose change you found in your pocket now requires cash or a credit card. But for the past 21 years and counting, the state gasoline tax has remained the same. Massachusetts residents pay 21 cents per gallon at the pump, with nearly all the money going to fund public and private transportation projects and programs (roads, bridges, public transit systems, etc.). Some people say this amount is no longer sufficient to improve and maintain what the state has to offer. In its 2007 report, the state's independent Transportation Finance Commission recommended the tax be raised to 32 cents. The…
Monday, April 16, 2012
Last day is April 17.
If you haven't done your taxes yet, you're almost out of time. Whether you're doing them yourself or hiring someone, the deadline is fast approaching. Due Date of a Return Personal income tax returns are due on or before April 15 following the close of each tax year. However, because the due date for filing tax returns falls on the weekend, the filing may be made on the next succeeding business day. In Massachusetts, April 16, 2012 is Patriot's Day, a legal holiday in the Commonwealth. Massachusetts returns and payments normally due on April 15 will be treated as timely filed if they are filed on or before April 17. If you aren't sure where to go, last week, our "Best of Patch Reader's Choice" poll asked readers where the best local spot …
Friday, April 13, 2012
Norton to pay over $3k more than last year.
A budget proposed by the Southeastern Regional School Committee will likely see a number of budget cuts in the upcoming year, and will ask for more money from Norton. Norton makes up 8.6 percent of Southeastern's enrollment. For fiscal year 2013, the town will be asked to pay $1,102,073, which is $3,605 more than last year. Most of Southeastern's enrollment comes from Brockton, which pays 60 percent of the school's district aid. A total of $7,969,220 is being sought. "We'll have a potential small reduction in staff, administrative and teaching-wise and [we have to] tighten our belts - hopefully for one last year to try to get through this," Southeastern Superintendent Lou Lopes told Easton Selectmen Monday night. Lopes appeared before the …
Friday, April 6, 2012
Put your trust in Trusted Business Solutions to file your last minute taxes.
The results of this week’s Best Of Norton Readers’ Choice series are in and Trusted Business Solutions has been chosen as the best place to get your taxes done last minute. Elaine Millard was runner up with 16 percent of the votes. Trusted Business Solutions garnered 83 percent of the votes. Trusted Business Solutions, located at 88 W. Main St., Norton, is a full service financial solutions company serving the town and the surrounding areas. The company offers a range of accounting services for both individuals and businesses. Services include financial planning, tax planning, financial preparation, bookkeeping and more. Trusted Business Solutions will be presented with a certificate at a time and date to be determined. Tune in Monday to …
Monday, April 2, 2012
Who do you trust to file your taxes?
With tax season coming to a close, we will try to determine the best place to get them done in this week’s Best Of Patch Readers’ Choice poll. Who do you trust? Here are the favorites: Voting in the poll below is open until 9 a.m. Friday. Because this poll is not scientific, it is not the sole consideration in choosing a winner. The winner will be determined by the Patch editor, based on poll results, comments in the section below and reviews on Patch Places. Please vote only once per survey, per Patch. We will announce the winner at noon Friday. Voting results posted in real time shall not be deemed official until Patch has reviewed and confirmed all of the votes. Winners will get a certificate and feature story on Norton Patch. So tell …
Wednesday, November 30, 2011
Roosevelt Institute and others listen in on discussion.
The Roosevelt Institute at Wheaton College welcomed former Governor Michael Dukakis Monday night to join a panel discussion with Professor Jay Goodman and Steve Poftak of the Pioneer Institute. They debated the merits of various forms of taxation, the emerging role of the Occupy movement in the national debate, and their views on what role taxation will play in the discourse of the 2012 national elections. “I thought the panel was a terrific balance; Governor Dukakis, who was able to provide insight from the statewide as well as national level, Steve Poftak, who has deep experience in state policy through the Pioneer Institute, and Professor Goodman, who was really able to give a broad historical and political context to the conversation…
Friday, November 18, 2011
Tax classification to be a flat rate town-wide.
The average Norton single-family homeowner will see taxes go up about $121 in the coming year, climbing from a total of $3,833 to $3,954, but selectmen voted Thursday to keep the property tax classification even across the board, saying charging commercial and industrial property owners a greater percentage than residential owners would not benefit the town. What do you think?