The Assessors' Office is responsible for administering Massachusetts property tax laws effectively and equitably. The Assessors are required to produce an accurate and fair appraisal of all taxable property in the Town.
Taxable property would include not only real estate, but also the personal property of businesses as well. The motor vehicle excise tax is also administered through the Assessors' Office.
The Board of Assessors determines the assessment of each property in the town, and classifies each property according to its use (Residential, Comercial, Industrial or Personal Property).
This information is used by the Town Council to determine the Classification Shift between residential and business properties each year. On December 7, 2015, the Town Council adopted a 1.70% Classification Shift for Fiscal Year 2016.
FISCAL YEAR 2016 TAX RATES
Residential Tax Rate: $17.39
Commercial (CIP) Tax Rate: $33.16
The Assessors’ Office maintains a public access computer terminal, which is available Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. The data includes the property owners' name, total living area, building footprint, land area, and total assessed value broken down by land value and building value.
The Assessors' Office is conducting a town wide cyclical reassessment program. This initiative is an ongoing process. Our plan is to inspect every home at least once every ten years.
The Principal Assessor and staff are available to answer your questions during regular office hours, Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.