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Selectmen OK single tax rate for upcoming year

September 11, 2011
STURBRIDGE — Following a lengthy public tax classification hearing at its Sept. 6 meeting, the Board of Selectmen voted to support four recommendations made by the Board of Assessors.

Principal Assessor William Mitchell delivered a presentation prior to the public discussion, highlighting each recommendation and providing residents with a history of recent developments in town pertaining to tax rates. Most of the subsequent discussion involved whether the board should approve the single tax rate for another year, as it had been in effect during 2010.

"The single tax rate is the fairest option, as it provides a good incentive for businesses that want to come to our town," said Selectman Mary Blanchard.

After the hearing, the board voted to adopt a single tax rate for 2011, which means the commercial, industrial, and personal property tax rate (CIP) will be the same as the residential tax rate for at least one more year. In addition, the board supported the following recommendations made by the Board of Assessors: to not adopt an open space discount, to not adopt a residential exemption, and to not adopt a small commercial exemption.

For more on this story, please see tomorrow's Southbridge Evening News.

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