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.
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
$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
Lynnfield 14.82 $510,995 $7,573 Andover
Belmont 13.33 $771,100 $10,359
Lexington 15.20 $717,526 $10,906