Westport property taxes to rise 31 cents

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Property taxes are headed up but by a modest amount, the Board of Assessors reported to the Board of Selectmen last week.

The Assessors recommended a rate of $7.70 per $1,000 of assessed value. That's up 31 cents from the current rate of $7.39, a rate that Robert Grillo of the Board of Assessors said was around the 13th lowest in Massachusetts.

The Selectmen then voted unanimous approval of the rate which now needs state approval before becoming official.

For a house and property valued at $350,000, this would mean a tax hike of $108.50 to $2,695.

Selectmen also voted to maintain a single tax rate for all properties — residential, commercial and industrial — for the coming fiscal year.

Given that over 92 percent of all property in town is residential, Selectmen Chairman Antone Vieira and Business Manager Steve Lombard said that the split rate option offered by the Assessors would be unfair to businesses and industries.

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