Edgartown tax rate remains same, but values are up

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Selectmen were surrounded by festive decorations at Monday’s meeting which saw the approval of a single tax rate.

Edgartown selectmen unanimously voted to continue to tax commercial and residential properties at the same rate.

The single tax rate is set at an estimated $3.87 per $1,000 valuation, which is the same tax rate as last year.

“We’ve done that, and I think we should continue to do that,” selectman Margaret Serpa said.

Alan Gowell, a member of the board of assessors, told selectmen that while the tax rate has stayed the same, property values are going up.

“We hope that the tax rate won’t change … remember that the values have gone up in Edgartown by an average of 7 percent. So while the rate may stay the same, in fact, the value of your property has gone up,” he said.

In other business, selectmen approved several appointments to the town clerk and highway superintendent selection committees. Human resources director Kim Lucas, town clerk Wanda Williams, and town administrator James Hagerty will make up the town clerk selection committee. Karen Medeiros was also appointed interim town clerk. Lucas, Hagerty, facilities manager David Thompson, parks administrator Jessica McGroarty, and water department superintendent William Chapman will round out the highway superintendent selection committee.