Freedom — November 10, 2008 — While this year’s tax bills are being prepared for mailing — Freedom’s taxpayers can expect to receive them in the mail shortly — the Select Board has officially started the process putting together next year’s budget.
At their meeting on Monday evening, the Board signed the tax warrant, setting a rate of $9.90, an increase of seventy cents over last year’s rate of $9.20.
The tax rate breaks down thusly: the town rate is $2.95 (up from $2.83 last year), local school rate is $3.94 (from $3.55), the state school obligation is $2.12 (up from 2.05), and the county rate is 89 cents cents (up from 77 cents). The members of the Select Board were pleased to announce that the town rate — the only rate, they pointed out, that they have control over — was increased by only 10 cents. Tax bills will be mailed soon and payments are due on December 12.