Our roundup of the latest Natick, Mass., business news:
Select Board rejects split tax rate
The Natick Select Board mulled, as it does annually, whether to vote for different tax rates for businesses vs. residents during its meeting this week, and unanimously decided to stick with a single tax rate. “The idea of frankly punching our commercial and retail partners in the gut at this point is something that I can’t really get comfortable with,” board member Michael Hickey said. The tax rate ($13.61 per $1,000 of assessed property value) remains the same for FY2021 as for FY2020, said Eric Henderson, director of assessing, in a presentation to the board. With assessed property values steadily rising, this will mean higher taxes for most residents (about a $288 increase), though still a smaller average tax bill ($8,700) than in many surrounding communities such as Needham and Sherborn. Your top FY21 Natick taxpayer? General Growth Properties/Brookfield, the owner of Natick Mall, with $4.6 million.
Natick represents on Influential Business People of Color list
Check out the Newton-Needham MetroWest 50 Most Influential Business People of Color list to find familiar faces and meet new ones. Among those representing Natick either as people operating businesses here, working here, or living here are:
- Prepped and Polished‘s Alexis Avila (South Natick, close enough…longtime Swellesley supporter)
- Guimel DeCarvalho of Wayside Youth & Family Support Network and a member of Natick’s new Equity Task Force
- Beverly Edgehill, a senior VP at TJX in Natick
- Melissa Patrick, founder of Equity & Expectations in Natick
- Kristen L. Pope of Pope Productions in Natick
The Bagel Table arrives
Congrats to The Bagel Table for opening. We paid an early visit to snap a few pics and eat a couple of muffins, but will be back for a more thorough review.
Achieve TMS East opens in Natick Center
A new depression treatment center called Achieve TMS East held its virtual grand opening this week at 209 West Central St. The facility offers Deep Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation, which sort of translates into the acronym TMS, and provides an alternative treatment to those finding medication ineffective. TMS sends magnetic signals to mood centers of the brain. It is a drug-free treatment. On staff is Dr. Kiran Lulla, who is board-certified in adult, child, and adolescent psychiatry.