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Town officials recently set a property tax rate of $14.32 per $1,000 of assessed value for fiscal 2013, which began July 1, subject to approval from the state Department of Revenue. The rate was established after selectmen at their annual tax classification hearing on Nov. 13 decided to continue the town’s policy of having a single tax rate for residents and businesses. Based on a $14.32 per $1,000 rate, the owner of an average home valued at $307,400 would pay $4,402 in taxes in fiscal 2013, or $425 more than in fiscal 2012, when the rate was $12.73 and the average home value $312,400, according to Lee Gamache, the town’s assessor/appraiser. She said about 54 cents of the increase in the tax rate was the result of a $235,766 override passed by the town this past spring, and a one-time $390,000 debt payment the town must make this year to purchase a fire engine approved at Town Meeting last spring.

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