BRIDGEWATER-- On Tuesday night, the town council will consider raising the town's real estate tax from eight cents to nine cents. It's part of last year's budget, but it has been delayed from going into effect, requiring a second public hearing.
The superintendent of the town, Bob Holton, said the increased revenue will be used to help offset new costs and restrictions put forth from the state General Assembly last year. It will be also used for road, water line, and sewer line improvements.
Most homeowners should expect to pay an additional $15 to $20 in property taxes, which is pretty small, but Holton said the proposal could face opposition from people who own a lot of property or are landlords.
"The reason to be okay with it is that we need to pay our bills. What you see in the news all the time now is how the federal government is running at a 40% deficit on their day to day operations. We don't. The town of Bridgewater pays our bills every year," he said.
Holton said he expects the Town Council will pass the increase. The meeting is on Tuesday night at 7:30 p.m. in the Town Hall.