By Thomas D’Agostino
WEBSTER— At the November 19 meeting, the Webster Board of Selectmen came to an agreement on what they feel will be a fair tax shift between residential and commercial properties for the fiscal year 2013. Marc Becker from the Board of Assessors presented several options for selectmen to consider in trying to close the gap in the split tax rate Webster currently utilizes. The FY 2012 split rate was a 1.44% shift between residential and commercial properties. Residents paid $11.78 per thousand while commercial paid $18.47. The goal was to balance the split rate, yet not put more of the tax burden on residents all at once.
Webster-Dudley Oxford Chamber of Commerce President Cheri MacKinney addressed the board with a proposal of a 1.40% tax shift. In her presentation, she made clear that equally distributing the tax burden among the residents and businesses will lead to a healthier business climate which will, in time, reduce the tax burden on the residents. With the existing ratio, residents will pay $12.42 and commercial $19.53. This calculates to an increase of $0.64 for residents and $1.06 for commercial property.
After careful consideration, the board voted on a 1.42% shift, causing a total of $0.69 increase to residents at $12.47 and a $0.79 increase to commercial property at $19.26.
Mr. Becker also stated that the total property values in the last five years have steadily dropped from $1,712,843 in 2009 to $1,362,391 for fiscal year 2013. This is a difference of $350,452,000. “When values go down, the tax rates go up.” Becker said.
In other business, the Park Road water tank, long due for repair, was drained and inspected once more. The first inspection, performed in 2010, stated that there were rusty seams that needed welding. Upon this second inspection it was found that roof bolts, anchor bolts, ladder, and a new DEP steel plate roof were needed as well. Vice Chair Deborah Keefe was curious why the first report and estimate did not state these repairs. “They had to crawl up the ladder to get inside.” Keefe said.
In addition to the $600.000 allotted for the repair of the tank, $15,363 is needed to finish the job. According the Department of Public Works Director J.T. Gaucher, the money is already in the budget.
A letter from a resident addressed the issue of school signs and flashing lights on Lake Parkway to acknowledge the presence of the schools. At present there are no signs or lights warning motorists to use caution within the vicinity of the school.
The board approved a new pole on Peter Street.
The Board also approved the appointment of several new members to the Cultural Council.
A portion of the A.I.D.S. memorial quilt will be on display at the art show on December 3.
The board approved Alan Jeskey’s application for Constable.
Rich Rainey was reappointed to the Cable Advisory Committee.
2013 ABCC liquor licenses for the Town of Webster were also approved.
- Tuesday, 20 November 2012
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