2013 Tax Rates by Municipality: How Does Newton Compare?

Newton's residential tax rate is relatively low compared to other municipalities nearby.

As 2013 begins, property tax rates are increasing for residents across Massachusetts, including in Newton — so how does that compare to surrounding communities?

Out of 18 communities in the area, Newton's 2013 residential tax rate lands among the lower rates, according to rates compiled by Patch through the state Department of Revenue's Division of Local Services.

The Newton Board of Aldermen voted on the 2013 rate at a tax classification hearing last month, . 

Sudbury's 2013 residential tax rate of $17.99 is the highest of the nearby communities. Cambridge continues to levy the lowest residential taxes, with a 2013 rate of $8.66 (Cambridge also adopts a residential exemption).

Boston's commercial tax rate of $31.96 is the highest commercial rate of the communities surveyed, while Wellesley is the lowest with $11.70.

Although Newton may have one of the lower residential tax rates in the area, it is also one of the most expensive housing markets in the country. According to statistics recently gathered by the Warren Group,  

According to a recent report from Coldwell Banker, . 

During the tax classification hearing last month, Director of Assessment Administration Elizabeth Dromey said the average single-family Newton tax bill in fiscal 2012 came to $8,910, which ranks Newton at No. 20 in the state for single-family tax bills (with No. 1 being the most expensive, Weston). 

According to Dromey's report, Newton had the third highest tax levy raised in Massachusetts in fiscal 2012, totaling roughly $250.8 million. Cambridge and Boston were the two highest. 

Check the chart below to see comparisons of tax rates between communities.

2013 Tax Rates By Municipality

Information taken from the state Division of Local Services. In order from lowest residential rate in 2013 to highest. See the attached PDF for more 2013 tax rates as approved by the state.

Community Residential Tax Rate   
   Commercial and Industrial Tax Rate   
   Residential Exemption 2013 2012 2013 2012 Cambridge 8.66 8.48  21.50 20.76 30% Woburn 10.40 10.40 27.01 26.83 Needham 11.30 10.95 22.18 21.50 Newton 11.49 11.17 21.93 21.33 Brookline 11.65 11.40 18.97 18.58 20% Wellesley 11.70 11.48 11.70 11.48 Burlington 11.85 11.55 31.70 30.95 Weston 12.40 12.11 12.40 12.11 Winchester 12.77 12.55 12.01 11.77 Boston 13.14 13.04 31.96 31.92 30% Belmont 13.33 13.35 13.33 13.35
Somerville 13.42 13.09 22.38 21.85 30% Arlington 13.61 13.66 13.61 13.66 Waltham 13.49 13.35 31.77 31.27 20% Watertown 14.68 14.40 27.15 26.64 20% Lexington 15.20 14.97 28.97 28.45 Wayland 17.89 19.01 17.89 19.01 Sudbury 17.99 17.60 23.52 22.95
Janet Sterman January 03, 2013 at 04:04 PM
Our rates might be lower but Newton's valuations are through the roof!
Dan Fahey January 03, 2013 at 05:24 PM
In and of themselves the tax rates are meaningless.
Dan Fahey January 03, 2013 at 05:42 PM
Ultimately, it matters what taxes would be for differing communities, given the same level of property value. And of course there are other variables: like level of services provided. For example is trash pickup included, how well are schools rated etc
Jim K. May 21, 2013 at 08:04 PM
Should real estate agents in Newton MA make a big point of this when showing homes? I think it is definitely smart that before making a buying decisions you understand the tax bracket a particular town will fall into. Newton seems to be rather high and for obvious reasons. http://www.teriadler.com/real-estate-newton-ma/


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