NOTE: Applications for abatements for Fiscal Year 2016 are due on or before February 2, 2016. Mailed applications must be postmarked no later than 2/2/2016.
The Board of Assessors consists of three residents of the town, appointed by the Town Administrator for a term of 3 years.
The mission of the Board of Assessors is to truly and impartially, according to the best of their skills and judgment, assess all property taxes and to not overvalue or undervalue any property subject to taxation according to Massachusetts General Law Chapter 41 Section 29.
The Office of the Assessors is required by Massachusetts’s law to list and value all real and personal property as of January 1. All assessed values in Massachusetts are based on “full and fair cash value”. The assessors are responsible for meeting the certification requirement of the Department of Revenue. To meet these requirements, the Assessors are obligated to revalue all properties yearly, and once every three years undergo a state recertification audit.
The Office of the Assessors also administers the following programs:
Real Estate and Personal Property Tax Abatement
Personal Property Form of List
Supplement Tax Billing
Senior Real Estate Tax Exemptions
Veteran Real Estate Tax Exemptions
Blind Real Estate Tax Exemptions
Motor Vehicle Excise Tax Billing and Abatements
Public Access Room
Registry of Deed Information
Property Map Data Updates
Harald Scheid has served the Town and its Board of Assessors as the Principal Assessor since April 2002. His responsibilities include appraising all real estate and personal property within the Town for property tax purposes, assisting with tax abatements and appeals, preparing Department of Revenue reports and tax rate related filings, and interacting with property owners about their many tax issues and questions.