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Springfield City Council Sets Tax Rates For FY 2019

Springfield City Hall
Paul Tuthill
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WAMC

    Property tax bills will be higher next year for many in the largest city in western Massachusetts.

    The Springfield City Council has voted to keep the residential property tax rate unchanged, but because home values have increased the annual tax bill for the average single family house will rise by $81.

    The tax rate for commercial and industrial property will increase by 2 cents. 

    City Councilor Tim Ryan, who chairs the Finance Committee, said it is a fair allocation.

   "Nobody is ever happy, but it is a much smaller increase than over the last 3-5  years," said Ryan

   Springfield needs to collect roughly $205 million from property taxes to balance the fiscal year 2019 budget the City Council approved last June.

    The vote was 10-2 to accept the tax rates recommended by Mayor Domenic Sarno.

Paul Tuthill is WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief. He’s been covering news, everything from politics and government corruption to natural disasters and the arts, in western Massachusetts since 2007. Before joining WAMC, Paul was a reporter and anchor at WRKO in Boston. He was news director for more than a decade at WTAG in Worcester. Paul has won more than two dozen Associated Press Broadcast Awards. He won an Edward R. Murrow award for reporting on veterans’ healthcare for WAMC in 2011. Born and raised in western New York, Paul did his first radio reporting while he was a student at the University of Rochester.