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Prop 2 1/2 overrides disappearing, but taxpayers still pay

May 20 2019

By Eli Sherman, Wicked Local

But within the last decade, new construction and rising property values have helped boost local revenue, offsetting a declining share of state aid provided to municipalities, which fell to 19 percent of municipal revenue in fiscal 2018 compared to 28 percent in fiscal 1999, according to a 2019 report by the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation. The increase in new building and property values has also made overrides less common.
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Average homeowner in Mass. to see taxes rise 4%

Jan 18 2016

By Matt Rochelau, The Boston Globe

“Most communities raise taxes . . . despite the fact that property values may have gone down or inflation may have been nonexistent,” said Eileen McAnneny, president of the business-backed Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation.
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Manzi makes taxes the issue in Beverly

Aug 20 2015

By Nelson Benton, The Salem News

ccording to the latest Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation survey of municipal financial data, the comparative tax bill for owners of a single-family home in Beverly ($5,031) stacked up pretty well against the state average of $5,257 and those in the surrounding communities of Salem ($5,944) and Danvers ($5,276). Peabody’s ($4,406) was the lowest among North Shore cities, which may explain why Bettencourt is without an opponent.
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In Marblehead, 14.94-percent tax-bill hike since 2011

Feb 12 2015

By Gerry Tuoti, Wicked Local

“An increase is typical because of the nature of Prop. 2 1/2,” explained Carolyn Ryan, a policy analyst with the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation. “As assessed values go up, rates might go down, but that doesn’t mean the bill is going down.”
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Area homeowners see increase in property tax bills

Feb 7 2015

By Gary Tuoti, Taunton Daily Gazette

“An increase is typical because of the nature of Prop 2½,” explained Carolyn Ryan, a policy analyst with the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation. “As assessed values go up, rates might go down, but that doesn’t mean the bill is going down.”
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Prop 2½ waivers mostly waived off at polls

May 25 2014

By Donna Boynton, Telegram & Gazette

"This is more or less a permanent condition," Mr. Widmer said, noting only modest increases in local aid that compete with rising costs of employee benefits, pensions and health care costs that are burdening communities lead to the need for overrides. "I think this reflects a growing sentiment on the part of taxpayers that they expect their government to manage within the means available. I think taxpayers' patience with overrides and the support for them is waning."
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Property taxes on the rise across Massachusetts

Apr 19 2014

By Gerry Tuoti, The Herald News

“I don’t think the bills are increasing at a pace that’s unusual compared to historic increases, but the expectation is communities are going to have fewer resources available and are trying to do more with less,” Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation policy analyst Carolyn Ryan said.
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Property-tax bills climbing across region

Dec 8 2013

By Grant Welker, The Lowell Sun

"As local aid falls, property taxes are really the only recourse communities have to raise revenues," said Carolyn Ryan, a policy analyst at the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation. "You're seeing increased pressure on municipal budgets."
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Falling home prices, rising taxes squeeze towns

Dec 15 2011

By Matt Carroll, The Boston Globe

“Cities and towns are facing a permanent fiscal squeeze, in which costs are rising faster than revenues,’’ said Michael Widmer, president of the foundation.
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Taxes soar in past 10 years — Your bill depends on where you live

May 15 2011

By David Riley, Hamilton-Wenham Chronicle / Gatehouse News Service

"We're at the highest percent of dependence statewide on the property tax since Proposition 21/2 was passed 30 years ago," Foundation President Michael Widmer said recently. "That's really because of the cuts in state aid."
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