February 29, 2024

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Behind the Numbers: Deciphering Local Tax Revenue


Whether you’re new in town or you’ve been calling Needham home forever, understanding the digits on your property tax bill can be a real head-scratcher. Life’s busy enough as it is, and who’s got the time to dig into the ‘whys’ of those numbers?

That’s where we come in. Your property tax basically boils down to two things: the money the town needs to keep the lights on and the assessed value of your home.

In this new episode of How Needham Runs 101, we delve into the first component, shedding light on how the total property tax revenue is determined. We’ll also touch on the rules set by state law (Proposition 2 ½) that put a cap on local property tax increases. Finally, we’ll discuss the tax classification shift that Needham employs to alleviate the burden on residential property taxpayers.



An informational series which simplifies the practices and principles of governmental operations. We walk through questions you might have wondered as a taxpayer and a citizen:

What determines your property taxes?
Who oversees the town’s expenditures?
How does the town fund a ten-thousand-dollar project?


Join us as we look for the answers by cutting through lengthy documents and talk to decision makers in those fields.