Greenfield’s latest tax bills reflect high school debt
First-quarter bills due Friday
GREENFIELD — The first quarter real estate tax bills due in the Tax Collector’s Office by the close of business on Friday reflect the first increases from the debt for the new $66 million Greenfield High School under construction.
Mayor William Martin said this week “While our tax rate is high in comparison to many towns without the services and programs we provide ... over the past 10 years, Greenfield’s state ranking in the average single-family tax bill has gone from 172nd in 350 communities to 233.”
Greenfield’s tax rate was $20.53 last year and the town estimates there will be a 6.5 percent increase due to the high school debt this year. The tax rate is set each year in December.
That means a taxpayer who owns a home assessed at $100,000 paid $2,053 last year and will see an increase of $133 or will pay $2,186 this year.
“The best way for Greenfield to keep its tax rate reasonable is to expand the tax base through business development and job expansion in the commercial and industrial sectors,” said Martin. Business development provides an expansion of the entities contributing to the town tax bill and job expansion impacts demand for housing which raises value. Good specialty manufacturing jobs like those that will be coming to Kennametal and that exist at Argotec and Applied Dynamics and others, will draw workers and their families to live in a community where the average single-family home is affordable, the schools are excellent, and the taxes are reasonable given the services that are provided.
“If you look at all the municipalities in Massachusetts, very few can compare to the level of excitement and vibrancy that exists in Greenfield,” said Martin.