2013 Average Home Tax Bills: How Do Reading and North Reading Compare?

The average Reading and North Reading single family home tax bill is above average for the coming year compared to other towns and cities surveyed.

Reading-North Reading Patch recently published a chart listing the 2013 residential tax rate for 27 communities in the area, and some readers suggested that because home values differ from town to town, it'd be better to compare the average home tax bill between communities.

Fair point.

To that end, below is a new chart listing the average single family tax bill for each community, along with the average value of a single family home in each city or town and that municipality's residential tax rate. (Note that five communities included on the previous chart—Boston, Brookline, Cambridge, Malden and Somerville—did not have their average single family tax bill available on the state Division of Local Services website.)

North Reading's residential tax rate for this year was on the higher end on the last chart, and is still on the higher end on the new chart with an average single family tax bill of $7,257, between Westford and Lynnfield.

Reading's residential tax rate for this year was on the higher end on the last chart, and is closer to the middle, but still on the higher end of the new chart with an average single family tax bill of $$6,458, between Chelmsford and North Andover.

The lowest average home tax bill out of the 23 communities surveyed is in Woburn at $3,553, while the highest average home tax bill belongs to Lexington at $10,906.

Check the chart below to see comparisons between communities. For more information from other communities, see the attached PDF, which contains the average single family tax bill for communities from 2003 through 2013.

2013 Average Single Family Tax Bill By Municipality

Information taken from the state Division of Local Services. All numbers for 2013. In order from lowest average single family tax bill to highest.

Community Residential Tax Rate    Single Family Average Value    Average Single Family Tax Bill    Residential Exemption Woburn 10.40 $341,661 $3,553 Saugus 11.28 $325,521 $3,672 Peabody 11.98 $307,144 $3,680 Medford 12.36 $348,506 $4,308 Burlington 11.85
$4,536 Salem 16.38 $284,531 $4,666 20% Wilmington 13.61 $349,457 $4,756 Tewksbury 15.44 $316,552 $4,888 Wakefield 12.29 $401,572 $4,935 Stoneham 13.06 $380,570 $4,970
Danvers 14.54
$5,085 Melrose 13.03 $400,030 $5,212 Chelmsford 17.95
$5,799 Reading 14.94
North Andover 13.72 $478,064 $6,559 Arlington



North Reading
Lynnfield 14.82 $510,995 $7,573 Andover



Belmont 13.33 $771,100 $10,359
Lexington 15.20 $717,526 $10,906
Michael L January 11, 2013 at 01:13 PM
North Reading NEEDS to dump every politician and school committee member, etc that pushed and promised the new Taj Mahal School at the guaranteed override. The foundation has not even been poured and already we are over budget due to mismanagement and incorrect figures. The design overruns were a failure of the people hired to do their jobs. How can they not account for a proper roof snow load, soil and the flood plain, etc? We should NOT vote for any more increases. Live within your means does not occur in local, state, or Federal government and we the people suffer.
John Intorcio January 11, 2013 at 01:32 PM
Nice rant Mike! Where I think you miss is that "We the people" ARE the local, state, and Federal government. Perhaps you would consider a run for Selectman or School Committee or SSBC? As for this comparison... Who owns an "average" house? The "average" person? About half the people in this town are below average. For that matter, about half are above too! (OK mathematicians out there, they're below and above the median, I know, but average sounds better.) Comparing the fictitious "average" homeowner doesn't work for me.
Mel Webster January 11, 2013 at 10:21 PM
While the budget issues surrounding the secondary school building project are unfortunate and frustrating, I can assure you that the project is NOT a "Taj Mahal." I can also assure all residents that there will be plenty of information sessions for them to hear the details about the budget issues and to ask questions. I also remind everyone that the secondary school building committee meets several times a month and those meetings are open to the public. No one is happy about this issue and no one relishes going back to the town for more money. And, every town official believed the amount of money we asked for to complete the project would be sufficient. For numerous reasons, it is now clear that the original budget is not sufficient. I urge all residents to become informed on the details of this situation and to attend the info sessions that will be scheduled over the next few months,.
Joe Veno January 12, 2013 at 03:21 AM
I do not think the answer to this problem is to inform the people. You can tell the people who, what, where,when and why but if they can not pay any more tax hikes they will not vote for it. Sone one dropped the ball big time on this. I am not saying it was one of our town officials. But our town officials should know who did and go after them. No need to be a nice guy to them if they are going to cost us another 9 to 12 million. From what I hear around town many people who voted for it will not vote for any more money for the project. I do not think another overide will pass at this time.


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