The Board of Assessors is composed of three (3) Assessors who are elected by the Voters. The terms of office are staggered to provide for the election/re-election of one (1) Assessor every three (3) years
The Assessors are required by Massachusetts Law to list and value all real and personal property. The valuations are subject to ad valorem taxation on the assessment roll each year. The “ad valorem” basis for taxation means that all property should be taxed “according to value”. Assessed values in Massachusetts are based on “full and fair cash value”, or 100 percent of fair market value.
Assessors are required to submit these values to the Department of Revenue for certification every three years. In the years between certification, Assessors must also maintain the values. The Assessors review sales and the market every year thereby reassessing values annually which is called an Interim Adjustment.
The Assessors Office maintains a database of each parcel of property in the town and classifies the property according to its use (Residential, Commercial, Industrial or Personal Property).
In addition to Real Estate and Personal Property the Department administers Motor Vehicle, Boat and Farm Animal Excise, Chapterland, Deeds, Exemptions and Abatements, Inspections of Building Permits, and Updates Mapping Information.
For more information click on the Duties and Responsibilities link.
Fiscal Year 2013 Tax Rate certified by the DOR:
Commercial, Industrial & Personal
The Assessors Office is available to assist customers during regular office hours and are happy to help in filling out forms, applications, or answer questions.