The FY17 real estate tax rate will not shift between resident and business properties.
Plympton selectmen heard the recommendation of the Board of Assessors and agreed that to split the tax, asking Plympton’s businesses – all 19 of them – to assume a greater tax burden and the residents to assume a lesser burden, might cause businesses looking to settle in Plympton to look elsewhere. The tax rate being submitted to the Department of Revenue for certification will be $18.06 per thousand assessed valuation. This is a 2.21% increase over the FY16 tax rate of $17.67.
Assistant Assessor Deb Stuart told the board that several towns near Plympton do shift the tax burden to businesses: Hanover and Middleborough have a slight 1.05% business tax assessment to a .9866% residential tax assessment. Carver has the greatest business to residential shift in the examples chosen – 1.399% business percentage to .9076 residential percentage of the tax burden.
Commonwealth law allows communities to shift up to 1.5% to businesses giving relief to residential tax rate.
The estimated tax levy for FY17 is $8,644,994 from a value of $478,704,690. Divide the levy by the assessed value then multiply by 1000 to compute the tax rate.
Stuart told selectmen that the projected average single family home to have an assessed value for 2017 is $341,200. This is a 2.2% increase over FY2016.
The projected average tax bill for the average single family home for FY 2017 is $6,613, an increase of 3.95% over FY2016. This compares to the 7.25% increase in the FY2016 average tax bill over FY2015. The CPA tax of 1.5% increases the projected total average tax bill to $64.
Carver Urban Renewal Development
Selectman Christine Joy reported to the board that she had attended the Carver Urban Renewal Development Committee meeting last week where access to the proposed project at the Carver/Plympton town line was among the topics discussed.
Alternative 5 was introduced, which would close Montello Street to through traffic by way of a gate which could be opened in case of emergency. The plan shows a modified turn from Montello onto Park Avenue in Carver .
“What was an interesting takeaway was that they were discussing acquisition of Melville property and the Cool property is going to be the primary entrance to the park. I thought that was interesting that they hadn’t acquired that property yet,” Joy told the board.
The developer was in discussion with the property owners and felt confident that they would be able to come to some type of agreement to acquire the properties.
They are also very cognizant of the neighbors with the orientation of the properties in the park to reduce the impact to the neighbors, with lights and noise, and to face the loading docks toward Route 44.
They spoke about the different designs and Alternative 5 was favored. The feeling was that there would be too tight a left-hand turn off Montello which would prohibit truck traffic. They were going to look at an alternative to accommodate a truck which went down Montello St. in error so they could turn around. The developer mentioned the possibility of closing Montello St. to through traffic. The neighbors were very happy. The closure would be within Carver but would require Plympton to agree.