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Peabody Homeowners Can Expect $94 Average Tax Hike

The average homeowner's tax bill in 2014 will be $3,567 on an average property valued at $287,700.

Peabody City Hall
Peabody City Hall
The main takeaway from Thursday night's tax classification hearing is that taxes in Peabody are going up $94 on average for homeowners, a near identical increase to that of last year.

The City Council set the new tax rates at $12.40 for residential and $24.46 for commercial property. With the average homeowner's property valued at $287,700 that's an average bill of $3,567 for Peabody taxpayers in 2014.

That's also still guaranteed be among the lowest annual bills in Essex County -- Peabody was fifth from the bottom in 2013.

Conversely, the average commercial, industrial and personal property (CIP) value in Peabody is $1.36 million and equates to a $33,349. That's a 2.7 percent hike for residential and a 3.9 percent increase for CIP. Rates are per thousand dollars of valuation.

The city's operating budget increased $5.4 million from Fiscal 2013 and to pay for that along with state and county assessments, residential tax abatements and other charges, the city will rely on a mix of property taxes, state aid, local receipts and city reserves.

The total amount to be covered is just shy of $151 million and represents a 2.78 percent ($4.1 million) increase over last year. There was a significant reduction in state and county assessments on health insurance for 2014, which is why the total increase is less than the increase to the operating budget.

The city will reduce the burden on taxpayers by using $1.5 million from its free cash account, which was recently certified at just over $13 million.

Councilors Dave Gravel, Anne Manning-Martin and Barry Osborne pushed back against not using more money from reserves this year, asking when it was going to be time to give taxpayers a break.

Mayor Ted Bettencourt said the city had some major spending coming due soon, such as its share of construction costs on the new regional vocational school and the city's new middle school, that could significantly draw on the city's reserves and certainly necessitate maintaining the city's high bond rating for borrowing.

More to come on this story.
Johnny D December 22, 2013 at 03:47 PM
Please provide facts that disprove my stance. Show me that there is no correlation between good school systems and higher property values. Or, you could just keep coming to this blog and crying about the big mean tax man. Do you live in one of the nursing homes in town Steve...is that why you don't care about property values or school systems? Or are you just ignorant to the way life works? Either way, I feel sorry that you don't seem to comprehend the formula for building/sustaining a successful community. Prove me wrong Steve...I'm all ears.
Johnny D December 22, 2013 at 04:18 PM
No wonder Steve isn't interested in funding in a strong PEABODY school system: "Steve September 28, 2013 at 01:52 PM All those years of paying extra to send my kid to Danvers schools paid off. He ended up getting a scholarship that covered most of the money we spent sending him to St John's Prep. He finished college and was immediately hired into a good paying job. None of that would have happened if he had attended Peabody schools. They have been bad for decades." So, instead of advocating for a better school system, you chose to send your kid OUT OF PEABODY. Shouldn't you want better for the generations to come? Or are you of the "my kid is out of school so screw everyone else" mindset? Sounds like the latter to me....
Steve December 23, 2013 at 11:13 PM
Nice research Johnny D, boy you sure do know how to use that there Internet - Peabody High must be teaching the young ones how to type now....what a yahoo. Your point? I did advocate for common sense for many years while not being able to send my kid to the school system I graduated from...would have been happy to send my kid to the Peabody school system....if it wasn't so screwed up over the past 20 or so years. The point is I couldn't because I wanted him to have a good education. I paid my share of taxes, and it turns out that the money was poorly spent for many, many years. You know, we really need to elect Engineers as opposed to Lawyers. I of course will continue to pay taxes, and from what I can see, the money will continue to be squandered. I wouldn't blame anyone for doing exactly as I did. There are SEVERAL reputable studies that show throwing more money at public education does nothing to enhance the system...where have you been, under a rock? Here's one to get you started. http://rossieronline.usc.edu/u-s-education-versus-the-world-infographic/
Johnny D December 24, 2013 at 07:08 AM
Typical...just throw insults around when you have nothing of substance to say. Still waiting on that data...maybe your son can do it for you...they taught him to read over at Danvers, right? Least they could do for all that money you poured into the school. My point, which you not-so-subtly avoided, is (and always has been) that a better school system results in higher property values. It is very simple really, let me break it down for your biased little mind...what makes a good school system? TEACHERS. How do you attract good teachers? PAY, BENEFITS AND FACILITIES. How do you pay for these things? TAXES. If, heaven forbid, you decided to become a teacher...would you rather make more $$ and work at a beautiful school like Masco....or less $$ and work at the dungeon PVMHS? It's like asking if you'd rather play for the Yankees or the Brewers...even YOU should be able to understand that.
Russ December 25, 2013 at 06:43 PM
John Castelluccio, Where is your last posting on taxes? "Another look..." I have been trying to find it. Did you bury it? Everyone is posting on the oldest posting.
Steve December 26, 2013 at 03:35 PM
Johnny D you are such a silly man. Merry Christmas by the way. If your argument filters down to 'better schools lead to higher home values' then you are blissfully missing the point. Maybe when you get a little older you will understand. The important point is that government will ALWAYS throw much too much money at a problem thinking that will solve it - because that is the easy brainless thing to do, especially when you are playing with someone else's money. And it never solves it. Intelligence is what solves problems, and I'm afraid with our current lack of it in today's voters...and the apathy of those who know better and could fix things...we are truly pretty much screwed. Happy new year my friend, and I hope the years will bring knowledge and wisdom to you.
Johnny D December 26, 2013 at 03:59 PM
Steve, I hope Santa bought some reading glasses for your tired old eyes. My argument did not "filter down" to better schools leading to higher property values...that is where it started. Please see comment: "Johnny D December 14, 2013 at 10:26 AM." The fact is that you used my comment as a jumping point for your own crazy "I hate taxes"agenda. Maybe your children and wife will allow you talk down to them like that, but it is very off-putting. I hope your son learned manners and effective argument from his high school...not from his dad. Why teach your kids to be valuable members of society when you can pay someone else to do it for you, right? Your posturing and condescending tone are not enough to mask the insecurities you obviously possess. I hope, after all you have invested in him, your son puts you in a very nice nursing home.
Johnny D December 26, 2013 at 04:05 PM
And, all mighty Steve, how do you suggest attracting the best educators to our city? If not by salary, benefits and facilities...then how? Once again, I am all ears "sir."
John Castelluccio (Editor) December 27, 2013 at 09:49 AM
Russ, here is the link to the other story: http://peabody.patch.com/groups/real-estate/p/heres-another-look-at-property-taxes-in-peabody. You could also find it by searching in the real estate category of the news section.
Harold Sullivan December 27, 2013 at 01:19 PM
Uh...how has "mark" not been banned/been contacted by the authorities? He's obviously racist and delusional (judging by previous comments, not just this story). "The government is out of control and they must be stopped by any means necessary!" Keep in mind he said this because of a sub-$10 hotel tax. This is not someone I want wandering the streets of Peabody. Doesn't Patch have some responsibility here? (he asks rhetorically, knowing the answer, but also knowing mark hasn't even had his comments deleted...)
mark December 30, 2013 at 11:02 AM
No I said it because the government doesn't leave people alone and are in everybody's business! Not just a hotel tax but they are stealing peoples homes and savings to pay for non working folks who vote for Democrats, and pay billions and billions of $$$ in foreign aid to 3rd world sub human countries! And jackass you should read the constitution , the 1st amendment, FREE SPEACH! Also what part of government do you work in?
Harold Sullivan December 30, 2013 at 11:30 AM
I will cover some points in your other posts later, but I want to say two things: 1) I do not work for the government and think it is an inefficient system that rewards cronyism. But that doesn't make me a racist jerk who sees conspiracy behind every corner. I am reminded of Hanlon's razor: Never attribute to malice that which is adequately explained by stupidity. 2) I was waiting for you to bring up the First Amendment (and you insult the intelligence of others and don't know how to spell "speech," FYI), as that's the calling card of the ignorant Internet ranter. I've done work involving free speech and would implore YOU to please read the Constitution and all the amendments. You do realize that it ONLY applies to the government infringing on speech, correct? That a private site can create its own rules and regulations to enforce? That they can ban you for posting comments that are racist, encourage violence against public officials, or simply that they just don't like? I'm really calling you out to try and force Patch to make a decision here. I don't doubt that I will never change your mind, but by continuing to allow your comments to exist (despite protests from me and other commenters), Patch is tacitly endorsing this behavior. It's a slippery slope that will only get worse. When someone is clearing violating rules, why don't you do anything, Patch? I know you're reading the comments, have a backbone and make the right (and absurdly easy) call.
Harold Sullivan December 31, 2013 at 11:38 AM
How's it going with that homework, mark? Was it too tough for you? Just wanted the satisfaction of you admitting you were wrong about something (which would open the door for you to maybe realize if you were wrong about one thing there might be more to follow). Also, I would like to hear more about these "subhuman countries" you talk about. Can you explain what that means, exactly? You do know that since we wiped out Denisovans and Neanderthals that there's only been one type of human? Do you honestly believe you are of a stock of human that is different than others? I'd love to hear more. Also, I'd be remiss if I didn't call out Patch once again for allowed these comments to fester. Well done!
Johnny D January 01, 2014 at 02:40 PM
Harold I am 100 with you regarding mark's comments...but the silence from the Patch editors speaks volumes. They obviously do not feel that mark's comments are offensive enough to address...so maybe the best thing we can do is ignore his comments. If he has no one to argue with he might just go away.
Steve January 01, 2014 at 03:47 PM
People can post whatever they want....just look at your inane drivel Johnny D. The only thing that maybe should be filtered somewhat is stupidity. I am with you there....who wants to read what idiots say? But if that were the case, you would be banned from all online posting because you just don't have a clue. Do you really want that my friend? And please save yourself from looking any more idiotic...I know what you would like to post to respond to this. Come up with something more intelligent than you would normally post if you want to get my attention. Otherwise, do society a favor and become more productive with your spare time.
Johnny D January 01, 2014 at 04:12 PM
Seems like I already have your attention, Steve. Actually it sounds like my last few responses to your nonsense posts have touched a nerve? I will try take it easy on you from now on...didn't know that you were so sensitive. Let me know when you feel like an intelligent discussion. Or, better yet, why not address the questions that I posed to you a week ago instead of attacking people?
John Castelluccio (Editor) January 03, 2014 at 11:34 AM
Harold...I'll address your comments here, since this is where you first started the topic. No, Patch is obviously not endorsing anything mark says. In fact, he regularly calls me a communist editor whenever I point out how low Peabody's taxes are compared to the rest of the North Shore or note any other comparisons of that nature. When he has made comments directly attacking, disparaging, etc another reader or subject of a story, those comments have been deleted. Much of his commentary is political however distasteful it may be and actually is self-contradictory most of the time. I think most people see those comments for what they are and aren't incited to any other action other than an eye roll. I don't see anywhere where he has supposedly encouraged fellow readers to start murdering local politicians. I encourage you to take Johnny D's advice above. And since you brought up our Terms of Service, it's essentially a generalized policy left up to the discretion of us local editors to enforce as necessary.
Harold Sullivan January 03, 2014 at 12:28 PM
I got it, so he can't disparage individual commenters (because they're helping you with your monthly traffic numbers), but he CAN call Irish people the "lowest of the Europeans" and call people from other countries "subhuman." History will remember you for bravely confronting such comments by assuming people understand he's an idiot and rolling their eyes. That's real leadership. Here's some quotes of mark's to enjoy, I'll let you find the stories: "The government is out of control and they must be stopped by any means necessary!" "These politicians are robbing us blind and they must be stopped! They need to have an Aaron Hernandez special if you know what I mean!"
mark January 04, 2014 at 02:08 AM
Ok let me get this straight? Government can continuously raise taxes on everything we do in life and we will be good little boys and do as we are told! If they keep raising taxes on everything then we will starve to death and we will be the ones murdered! I find it to be complete stupidity that you people won't fight for your rights as citizens, these rights are being taken away every day! So we will pay taxes next for the air we breath! We currently have state, federal, social security, Medicare, healthcare mandates, property, tobacco, hotel, truck rental, excise, tolls, meals, sales taxes! When is enough enough! Stand up and fight these scum bags or roll over and be stepped on!
Bjean January 04, 2014 at 08:33 AM
Ugh, just stop. No one is interested in what you have to say. You are like the annoying kid on the school bus who pokes the other kids just to get attention.
mark January 04, 2014 at 11:47 PM
The Irish in Northern Ireland repeatedly bombed and murdered innocent English people in England for years, that makes them the lowest of the European Nations in my opinion and if you take a close look at some of your local city's here, you will see these Irish politicians (don't really need to name them) engaging in practices that are destroying this country!
Bjean January 05, 2014 at 12:02 PM
And what nationality, besides American, you be? Just curious. Since youve had something nasty to say about most, you have to be something!!!
mark January 06, 2014 at 01:13 PM
There is no such thing as an American!
mark January 06, 2014 at 01:25 PM
The United States was founded by Immigrants from Europe! English , French, German, Scottish, Irish and Italian, these are facts! The Irish and Italians tend to go into local government and support liberal and wacko causes as well as once elected, they decided to open the flood gates of non European immigrants to this country who happen to vote Democrat! They have all joined together since the majority of them vote Democrat, to destroy This once great country, you now have bigger government, constant raising of taxes, adding various taxes to everything we do in life that we shouldn't have to pay taxes on like, food, hotel stay, truck rental, tobacco, alcohol, gasoline, etc etc, don't forget about your healthcare mandates! All these things that they are taxing is going to support liberal causes and special interest! I can go on and on but you people have no clue what's going on! Check your bank accounts and wonder why you have to live paycheck to paycheck and why you can't afford your mortgages! Just think if you had all that money that you shouldn't have to pay in taxes, think how well off you would be!
Bjean January 06, 2014 at 04:53 PM
So European ?
Bjean January 06, 2014 at 04:54 PM
And you have a problem with the non-European immigrants??
mark January 06, 2014 at 07:19 PM
What language do we speak in this country? ENGLISH! This country was founded by Yankees! Case Closed!
mark January 06, 2014 at 07:28 PM
The non Europeans are draining this country dry! The birth rate of these people is like dog litters! I don't understand why they have 4 to 6 kids if they can't afford it? Then the good old Democratic Party supports them with welfare and free healthcare! The cost of each of their kids being born in a hospital is 25k! Thus we have mandatory Obama care to pay for it! Who is the genius in charge of immigration and why is their more Latino and African-Haitians immigrants pouring into this country at a 5000 to 1 ratio? They trying to make Europeans the minority in this country, not only this country but all of Europe is under siege! I don't see Europeans or European-Americans immigrating to Mexico, Cuba, South America, Africa, Central America, Haiti etc etc! Liberalism is trying to destroy the European Anglo civilization! facts!
mark January 06, 2014 at 07:35 PM
Ha Ha! Look what happened with Obama and Deval as your leaders! People will soon resemble the starving people of Africa! No surprise since these 2 clowns have been in office that America is failing! People losing their homes, savings has become nonexistent, credit card debt rising! Just think all that money you people are paying with increasing taxes? Would that benefit you more or the so called services government is supposedly providing! Actually all that tax revenue is going to foreign lands, welfare, healthcare for immigrants, government hack jobs and pensions! You people let this happen to your country by electing these scum Democrats!
Harold Sullivan January 14, 2014 at 04:53 PM
"I don't see anywhere where he has supposedly encouraged fellow readers to start murdering local politicians....And since you brought up our Terms of Service, it's essentially a generalized policy left up to the discretion of us local editors to enforce as necessary." John Castelluccio John, it's good to know your discretion is to not read all comments (abdication of responsibility), let people threaten others/encourage violence, have it pointed out to you, then continue to ignore it. I don't know how you justify that. I'm going to disappear into the ether (like most of Patch's readership/ad revenue!) after this comment because I find this hands-off approach so distasteful (I think, especially, because I know you agree with me and refuse to do anything about it/acknowledge the problem). You have enormous faith in others if you think just letting mark rant is the best policy. I hope others will continue to take you and mark to task for your respective indiscretions, I want no more of this Sisyphean task.

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