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Adams tax rates to escalate: ADAMS -- With fiscal 2013’s numbers in, residents and businesses alike can expect to pay higher tax rates on lower property values, Assessor Donna M. MacDonald said at this week’s Selectmen’s meeting.
The new tax rates will be $18.25 per thousand dollars of valuation for residents, and $21.67 per thousand for commercial, industrial and private property. The figures represent respective increases of $0.99 and $1.20 over fiscal 2012.
MacDonald said $8,771,863 in local taxes need to be collected this coming year, and that the state Department of Revenue recognized a total decrease of $28 million in town-wide property values during their 2012 certification of valuation for Adams.
"We have a certain pot we have to fill and the only way to fill it if the [property] values go down is to bring the tax rate up," MacDonald said.
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The voice of peace at policy lecture: NORTH ADAMS -- Former U.S. Sen. George Mitchell, who helped negotiate peace in Northern Ireland and in the Middle East during his 14-year tenure in the U.S. Senate, will speak tonight at the second annual Michael S. and Kitty Dukakis Public Policy Lecture at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts.
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