State OK’s new property tax rates

The town’s property tax rates for fiscal year 2013, which began July 1, have been approved by the state Department of Revenue. The tax rate for residential and open space property is $16.34 per $1,000 of assessed value, while the rate for commercial, industrial, and personal property is $22.70. Assessors say applications for a tax abatement are due in Town Hall by noon Feb. 1. Residents can download an application from the Board of Assessors page on the town’s website, Call the assessors’ office at 508-866-3410 for more information.