Property Values Top $20 Billion Islandwide, But Taxes Stay Low

Property values increased this year on Martha’s Vineyard, topping $20 billion in total assessed value, according to figures from the six towns and the Massachusetts Department of Revenue.

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Island Property Owners Join Rush to Prepay Tax Bills

Tax collectors on Martha’s Vineyard are busier than usual as taxpayers rush to prepay property taxes before the end of the year. The reason is the new federal tax regulations.

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Debate Heats Up Over State Bill to Tax Rental Properties
Alex Elvin

Against a backdrop of rocketing demand for vacation rentals on the Cape and Islands, state lawmakers are anticipating the passage of a sweeping tax on short-term rentals.

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Tax Rates See Slight Drop in Two Towns
Heather Hamacek

Tisbury and West Tisbury have both approved their tax rates for the year.

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Property Taxes Rise, Along With Town Budgets

Property tax bills went out, and while homeowners continue to pay less than those on the mainland, their tax burden will be heavier.

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Supreme Court Tests Whether Conservation Land Can be Taxed
Sara Brown

In Massachusetts, land used by a charitable organization qualifies for a tax exemption under state law. But a recent case in the town of Hawley, now going before the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court, could have wide implications.

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Conservation for Its Own Sake

It would seem self-evident that a key goal of conservation is to protect land from the effects of too much human interference. Certainly that was Teddy Roosevelt’s vision a century ago when one the country’s best-known hunters became its most ardent conservationist.

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Edgartown Selectmen Approve Tax Increase, Shellfish Licenses
Sara Brown

Edgartown’s tax rate will increase slightly in 2014, with the town selectmen this week approving a tax rate of $3.70 for every $1,000 worth of property.

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Tax Changes Boost Tisbury Revenues
Ivy Ashe

As the summer season comes to a close, revenue from two new taxes in Tisbury is helping to boost town finances.

Town administrator John (Jay) Grande presented summer totals from an occupancy tax increase and a new meals tax during the selectmen’s meeting Tuesday.

The occupancy tax increased from four to six per cent, leading to revenues of $95,309 for July and August. Last year during the same time period, revenues were $64,611.

The meals tax netted Tisbury $24,796, town treasurer Timothy McLean said in a phone conversation Wednesday.

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West Tisbury Assessors Lose Tax Challenge
Alexis Tonti

West Tisbury Assessors Lose Tax Challenge


The Massachusetts Court of Appeals this week overturned a decision
by the state Appellate Tax Board and ruled that the Martha's
Vineyard Land Bank is exempt from all taxation, upholding the power
vested in the conservation agency by its enabling legislation.

The case is an appeal of a decision first made by the West Tisbury
board of assessors that ordered the land bank to pay about $700 in taxes
on property bought in fiscal year 2002.

The ruling was issued Wednesday.

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