FY 2019 TAX RATE: $16.42
Town Assessor General Duties
The Assessor is required by Massachusetts law to value all real and personal property within the Town for the purpose of taxation. This includes residential, commercial, industrial and personal property. Every five years, the Massachusetts Department of Revenue requires that the Assessor complete a full revaluation of all real and personal property. Annual adjustments are also necessary in the interim years so that each taxpayer is assessed for their fair share of the cost of local government. Each year, the Assessor sets the tax rate and must submit the Tax Rate Recapitulation Sheet to the Department of Revenue for certification of all values within the Town.
The Assessor also has the authority to grant real estate abatements for overvaluation, personal exemptions to qualifying taxpayers, and abatements of motor vehicle excise tax.
The Assessor's Office provides a variety of information to the public. Assessor's maps, assessment lists, deeds and property record cards are available for review. Certified lists of abutters are prepared by the Assessor's Office. A public access computer is available during regular office hours.