How Does Burlington's Residential Tax Rate Compare to Neighboring Communities?

See where Burlington's tax rate fall in the spectrum compared to area communities.

Tax Bill - file photo
Tax Bill - file photo
The Burlington Board of Selectmen approved an FY14 residential property tax rate of $12 per $1,000 of assessed value last month.  

But how does this compare to other communities? A reader posed that question and You Ask, Patch Answers. 

Below is a list of residential tax rates payed by residents in neighboring communities. Not all municipalities have set their FY14 rates yet and those communities will be indicated with an "FY13" marker. Most communities do not vary wildly from year to year. 

The information has been gathered from Patch sites and town web pages. 

Area community residential tax rates: 
  • Woburn - $10.47 per $1,000 of assessed value. 
  • Waltham - $13.43 per $1,000 of assessed value. 
  • Lincoln - $14.41 per $1,000 of assessed value. 
  • Lexington $15.51 per $1,000 of assessed value. 
  • Bedford - $15.71 per $1,000 of assessed value. 
  • Watertown - $15.98 per $1,000 of assessed value. 
  • Medford - $12.36 per $1,000 of assessed value (FY13).
  • Winchester - $12.77 per $1,000 of assessed value (FY13). 
  • Belmont - $13.33 per $1,000 of assessed value (FY13). 
  • Arlington - $13.61 per $1,000 of assessed value (FY13). 
  • Wilmington - $13.61 per $1,000 of assessed value (FY13). 
  • Concord - $14.07 per $1,000 of assessed value (FY13). 
  • Reading - $14.94 per $1,000 of assessed value (FY13). 
  • North Reading - $14.98 per $1,000 of assessed value (FY13). 
  • Malden - $15.88 per $1,000 of assessed value (FY13). 
Matt Frost December 10, 2013 at 07:19 AM
This article makes Burlington look competitive regarding its residential taxes. However, what this article overlooks are that (1) Burlington's average residential tax bill has increased faster than any of these other communities, despite ongoing growth in its commercial tax base, (2) 10 years ago Burlington had a significantly greater tax advantage over these other communities than it does now, (3) Burlington residents have also paid a non-financial price for this evaporating tax advantage in terms of traffic congestion, and (4) rapidly rising tax bills have a damping effect on housing price growth, which likely is less than it otherwise might have been if residential taxes had grown more in line with nearby communities. So while this article is accurate in one respect, it is misleading by not presenting the entire impact on residents. When many people moved into Burlington 10-20 years ago, they may have been counting on a continuation of the Town's relative tax advantage, which now is nearly gone.
Burlington Resident December 10, 2013 at 08:44 AM
Everyone’s taxes have gone up. There was an article in the Lowell Sun last week showing the surrounding towns tax increase since 2000. Burlington did very well compared to other towns. Wilmington increased 127 percent, Chelmsford increased 73 percent, Westford by 80 percent, Billerica 88 percent Average tax bill for a home in Westford home valued at $440k $7,316, Wilmington home valued at $358k $5,100, Billerica home valued at $309k $4,425, Chelmsford valued at $322k $6,231! Are you kidding me! On top of this most of these towns have fees for bus transportation, high school sports and after school clubs. If it wasn’t for the commercial base our taxes would be allot higher.
Matt Frost December 10, 2013 at 09:43 AM
AVERAGE RESIDENTIAL TAX BILL INCREASES: Wilmington since 2000: 69% Chelmsford since 2000: 56% Billerica since 2000: 71% Westford since 2000: 67% BURLINGTON since 2000: 87% Source: http://www.boston.com/news/local/massachusetts/graphics/08_22_10_property_tax/
Burlington Resident December 10, 2013 at 10:22 AM
Here are two Lowell Sun articles. http://www.lowellsun.com/todaysheadlines/ci_24680816/property-tax-bills-climbing-across-region http://www.lowellsun.com/todaysheadlines/ci_24595250/chelmsford-residents-looking-at-320-bump-taxes-2014 Still, Burlington is allot cheaper.
Matt Frost December 10, 2013 at 11:13 AM
I checked out your articles. Yes, Burlington still is relatively less expensive, but the rates of residential tax increases (as measured by the average annual tax bill) in Burlington have outstripped the other towns mentioned, particularly since 2005. In just eight years, Burlington's average residential tax bill has risen by 40%! That is a significantly faster rate of increase than in the other towns mentioned. Really, I'm not making this up. Just look at the data compiled by the Globe or anyone else.


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