41 South Main Street
Randolph, MA 02368
Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Assessing Department Staff
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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 12, 2011, the Town Council adopted a 163% Classification Shift for Fiscal Year 2012.
FISCAL YEAR 2013 TAX RATES
Residential Tax Rate: $17.26
Commercial (CIP) Tax Rate: $31.47
The Assessors’ Office maintains a public access computer terminal, which is available Monday – Friday, 8:45 a.m. - 4:15 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.
2012 Report of the Board of Assessors
The Assessors are required by Massachusetts Law to list and value all Real and Personal Property. 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 State Department of Revenue for certification every three years. Our next recertification will be for Fiscal Year 2014. In the years between certification, Assessors are required to do interim adjustments and maintain the values. The Town of Randolph must appraise and assess approximately 10,000 parcels of real estate and 485 personal property accounts. The Assessors must maintain a detailed series of maps showing all parcel configurations for the Town. In addition, this department administers Motor Vehicle Excise.
The Principal Assessor oversees all functions of the department including budget preparation, interacts with taxpayers regarding the abatement and exemption processes, and tax appeals. Reviews Income and Expense statements, sales verification reports and performs field work, and works with the Engineering Department in reviewing subdivisions. Assists the Board of Assessors in reviewing and researching information contained on abatement applications, and makes recommendations on such applications. Works with Tax Collector and the town’s software vendor to make sure that tax bills are issued on time.
The Assessors’ office conducted a software conversion from Patriot Properties to Vision Government Solutions. Vision has modules for residential and income producing commercial properties, and features a custom designed report writer capable of assessing all of the data in the database, video imaging technology, and GIS software embedded directly into the CAMA system. This program also has the ability to publish the Town’s assessing information on the web. Vision was chosen for their experience in the industry, their acknowledgement of their customers’ changing needs; and re-engineered their business practices and software technology in order to meet the new requirements.
Calendar year 2012 saw a decrease in residential property values. The average single family home assessment dropped from $250,800 last year to this year’s average of $235,600. The FY 2013 Interim Year Adjustment was conducted on all real estate and personal property. On November 30th, the Board received final certification of the assessed values from the Massachusetts Commissioner of Revenue.
At the Tax Classification hearing held on December 10th, the Town Council adopted a tax classification shift of 1.59%. This shift resulted in a residential tax rate for Fiscal Year 2013 of $17.35 per thousand dollars of assessed value. The resulting commercial/industrial tax rate for FY2013 is $30.73 per thousand dollars of assessed value.
We would like to thank our staff, Ann Kent and Christine LaCerda, for their hard work and dedication over the past year. The efforts of our staff allowed us to accomplish each of our goals this year. We would also like to recognize and thank retired Chairman Joe Galvam for his many years of service on the Board of Assessors.
John A. Peppe, Board Member
Robert Curran Jr. Board Member
Jolanta R. Briffett, Principal Assessor