Rob Gaiotti

Dorset Town Manager Rob Gaiotti speaks during the Select Board's Jan. 19 meeting. 

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DORSET — The Select Board has set a town property tax rate of $0.3439 cents for the current fiscal year, a roughly 6 percent increase over last year’s rate.

The rate, passed by a 4-0 vote of the board at its July 19 meeting, includes a base property tax rate of $0.2939, a fire district tax rate of $0.0482, and an education shortfall tax rate of $0.0018 to cover exemptions for the Wilson House and for disabled veterans.

The Dorset town tax rate for last year was $0.3239.

The town share of the bill for a house valued at $300,000 would be $1,031, an increase of $60 from $971 last year, Town Manager Rob Gaiotti said.

The base municipal rate of $0.2939 will raise $2,398,278 for Dorset’s town operations this year. The remainder of the $2.7 million budget will be funded by $313,150 in anticipated income and surplus funds from last year.

The fire district tax funds East Dorset Fire District No. 1, which has a budget of $150,000, and the Dorset Fire Department, which has a $188,000 budget.

The education shortfall tax accounts for the fact that the state does not exempt the Wilson House, a non-profit organization, from property taxes. The funds raised by that tax cover the shortfall.

Rates for the state education property tax also increased in Dorset. The non-residential rate is $1.5973, up from $1.5647 last year, and the homestead rate is $1.5656, up from $1.5103 last year.

Town Manager Rob Gaioitti said the town’s education property tax rate went up because its Common Level of Appraisal decreased. The CLA for Dorset is 91.78 this year, down from 103.02 last year.

Reach Greg Sukiennik at gsukiennik@manchesterjournal.com or at 802-447-7567, ext. 119. 


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