Town call remains closed to the public.
Until further notice the Assessor's office hours will be 12PM to 4PM Thursdays and 8AM to Noon on Fridays.
If you wish to speak to me the above hours are the best times to call. I am working remotely and do monitor my emails and phone calls. I will return calls during my office hours. If you are in need of faster response please email me at [email protected]. For excise tax information please see Motor Vehicle Excise to the left. Open the page for a full explanation of how Excise Tax is calculated and how to apply for an abatement.
FY 2020 TAX RATE: $16.72
EXTENSION OF MOTOR VEHICLE REGISTRATION
The Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles (RMV) is continuing to take several important steps following Governor Charlie Baker’s declaration of a State of Emergency on March 10, and to complement the work that has been underway for weeks across state government to keep residents safe and healthy.
Effective April 1, 2020, all passenger and dealer plate registrations that expired in March and passenger plates that are expiring in April have been extended for 60 days. Registrations that expired in March have been extended until May 31 and registrations that expire in April have been extended until June 30. Registration renewals can continue to be performed online at Mass.Gov/RMV.
Customers seeking to renew in-person will not be able to make an appointment and should delay their visit to a Service Center.
In addition, the RMV recently implemented key changes to service delivery and organizational protocols:
Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, the RMV has implemented a strict no walk-in policy at a limited number of Service Centers that remain open to the general public. Service for necessary in-person transactions is available by appointment only. Customers should visit Mass.Gov/RMV to make a reservation at an open Service Center or find information on over 40 transactions that can be conducted online, by phone, or by mail.
All Driver's Licenses, ID cards, and Lerner's Permits, including Commercial Licenses and Permits that have expired or are expiring between March 1, 2020 and April 30, 2020, have had a 60-day extension applied to the current expiration date and do not need to be renewed at this time. This does not apply to customers whose end of stay in the United States is the same as the expiration date on their Driver’s License, ID card, or Learner’s Permit.
CDL Medical Certificates that expire on or after March 1 until April 30 will be extended until June 30 to prevent license downgrades and elective medical visits, as well as alleviate demand on medical providers.
The annual motor vehicle and emissions inspection stickers that expire on March 31 and April 30 have been extended 60 days and all motorcycle inspection stickers originally set to expire on May 31 must be inspected by June 30. The RMV is also extending the time during which newly registered vehicles must be inspected based on the purchase date.
In addition, the RMV has suspended all road tests through April 12. Class D and M Learner's Permits knowledge exams have been suspended indefinitely.
Commercial Learner’s Permit tests are available to be taken at the Milford and Wilmington RMV Service Centers during normal business hours and commercial road tests continue to occur.
For details on all of these extensions and additional information on RMV services and the RMV’s response to COVID-19, please visit COVID-19 information.
Please share this information with customers, colleagues, and constituents.
RMV UPDATE -- Vehicle Inspection Sticker Extension
The Massachusetts RMV is taking important additional steps following Governor Charlie Baker’s declaration of a State of Emergency the week of March 9th and to complement the work that has been underway across state government to keep residents safe and healthy.
To help you and your customers maintain proper social distancing, as of March 20 the annual motor vehicle safety and emissions inspection expiration dates are being extended as follows:
All non-commercial vehicle inspection stickers that expire on March 31, 2020 (designated by a number 3 on the inspection sticker) must be inspected by May 31, 2020.
All non-commercial vehicle inspection stickers that expire on April 30, 2020 (designated by a number 4 on the inspection sticker) must be inspected by June 30, 2020.
Non-commercial vehicles that are issued a failed inspection sticker (indicated by a sticker with a red or black letter “R”) that is due to expire in the month of March, 2020, must be re-inspected by May 31, and non-commercial vehicles issued a failed inspection sticker due to expire in the month of April, 2020, must be re-inspected by June 30. Additionally, the one free retest for these vehicles is also extended to May 31 or June 30 provided the retest is performed at the same inspection station that performed the initial inspection.
Regardless of the date of inspection, vehicles that were issued a failed inspection sticker due to a safety defect (indicated by a sticker with a red letter “R”) shall not be operated until appropriate repairs have been completed.
All motorcycle inspection stickers originally set to expire on May 31 must be inspected by June 30.
The RMV is also extending the time during which newly registered vehicles must be inspected, which is typically within seven days of the date of registration.
Any newly registered non-commercial vehicle purchased between March 1, 2020 and March 31, 2020 must be inspected by May 31.
Any newly registered non-commercial vehicle purchased between April 1, 2020 and April 31, 2020 must be inspected by June 30.
In addition, during the declared emergency period, the RMV is waiving the requirement of 540 Code Mass. Regs. § 4.08(2), which requires that inspection stations must remain open and available for inspections for a minimum of six hours per day, five days per week. Inspection stations are excused from compliance with this provision during the length of the COVID-19 emergency.
Finally, inspector and station licensing expirations are not being extended at this time because current resources are able to meet the application demand. However, you are strongly encouraged to submit your application online in the event RMV headquarter staffing becomes too sparse to handle the paper application demand.
Please share this information with colleagues, customers, and constituents.
Questions? Email us at [email protected].
Thank you for your cooperation and partnership.
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.