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From the State of Massachusetts

Massachusetts Department of Revenue

Data Bank Reports – Includes Town Comparisons, Property Tax Information, Proposition 2 1/2, State Aid, and more
http://www.mass.gov/dor/local-officials/municipal-databank-and-local-aid-unit/data-bank-reports/

Town Comparisons: https://dlsgateway.dor.state.ma.us/DLSReports/DLSReportViewer.aspx?ReportName=Comparative_Report&ReportTitle=Community%20Comparison%20Report

Property Tax Comparisons:
http://www.mass.gov/dor/local-officials/municipal-databank-and-local-aid-unit/data-bank-reports/property-tax-information.html

Municipal Actual Revenues and Expenditures: http://www.mass.gov/dor/local-officials/municipal-databank-and-local-aid-unit/data-bank-reports/municipal-actual-revenues-and-expenditures.html

Massachusetts Department of Education

School district profiles, including enrollment, per pupil spending and more:
http://profiles.doe.mass.edu/

The General Laws of Massachusetts

Massachusetts General Law Search
http://www.malegislature.gov/Laws/GeneralLaws/Search

RE: Transportation of Children to Public Schools
M.G.L. Chapter 71: Section 68. Duties of towns to maintain schools; transportation of children; school building committee representation http://www.mass.gov/legis/laws/mgl/71-68.htm

Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development (EOLWD)

Unemployment rates and state jobs data
http://www.mass.gov/lwd/economic-data/


From the Town of Hopkinton

Board of Assessors:

http://www.hopkintonma.gov/home/government/boards/assessors

Hopkinton’s Fiscal Year 2016 tax rate is $17.03

Tax Relief Information

Property tax exemptions, deferrals of property taxes and CPA tax exemption information

Hopkinton Board of Assessors Online:  http://www.hopkintonma.gov/home/government/boards/assessors

Senior Circuit Breaker Tax Credit

Massachusetts Department of Revenue – Senior Circuit Breaker Tax Credit

Massachusetts Health & Human Services “Basic Needs”

An online resource for Massachusetts residents in need of housing, food, health care, and other basic services.
http://www.mass.gov/eohhs/consumer/basic-needs/

Hopkinton Tax Relief Committee

The Tax Relief Committee takes in contributions then helps needy disabled residents and seniors with their property tax bills each fall. To make a donation residents can drop off checks at the Town Treasurer’s office (First floor, Town Hall, 18 Main St, Hopkinton) made out to “Hopkinton Senior/Disabled Tax Relief Fund.” A Real Estate Tax Relief Application is available on the Tax Relief Committee’s website:
http://www.hopkintonma.gov/home/government/boards/tax-relief

Hopkinton Community Endowment

http://www.hopkintonce.com/

Vision: Our vision is to empower residents with the ability to make the best choices for our town with fewer fiscal constraints in order to preserve the character of our community that makes Hopkinton so unique.

Mission: 

In 1998 a group of citizens envisioned a way for Hopkinton to have both high quality facilities and services while maintaining affordability for all residents regardless of their age or income. The Hopkinton Community Endowment was founded on that vision and continues to serve as a non-profit, publicly supported organization that provides a permanent funding mechanism to reduce taxes.

Only capital projects approved by Hopkinton voters are eligible for funding upon approval of the Board of Directors. The Endowment is committed to a strategy of prudent financial investment of the funds we manage.

NOTE In 2011, The Endowment’s by-laws were amended to include capital projects that benefit all of the community, without tax dollars!

Formerly Educate Hopkinton. Because Information Matters, a Civic League of Hopkinton, Massachusetts