Tax rate set

Oct 16, 2018 by

Published in the October 16, 2018 edition. By MARK SARDELLA WAKEFIELD – The local property taxes you pay will be going up, but not as much as they could have. The town has again this year decided to forego increasing the tax levy by the full 2.5 percent allowed by law and will go with a 2.1 percent increase for FY 2019. In addition, the Town Council has continued its historical practice of choosing the maximum allowable shift factor, moving more of the tax burden onto the commercial/industrial classes of properties and thereby affording residential tax payers the lowest share of the property tax burden allowed by state law. Director of Assessments Victor Santaniello appeared before the Town Council last night for the annual tax classification hearing at which the tax rate for FY...

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Autumn scene

Oct 15, 2018 by

Published in the October 15, 2018 edition.

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Healthy Living Expo draws crowd...

Oct 15, 2018 by

Published in the October 15, 2018 edition. By GAIL LOWE WAKEFIELD — The second annual Healthy Living Expo, sponsored by the Wakefield/Lynnfield Chamber of Commerce and held on Saturday, Oct. 13 at the Americal Civic Center, drew hundreds of people from inside and outside the town in spite of the rainy weather. The free, community family event featured many attractions, including a local Board of Public Health flu clinic, demonstration of a machine that assesses body composition, free samples of health and beauty products, flavor infused water and a visit from the Boston Bruins Mascot “Blades.” The day also included games and face painting, health screenings and free child ID safety cards. Chamber Executive Director John Smolinsky said he was pleased with the turnout, given the inclement weather. Title sponsors were Lahey Health and...

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