Preliminary Certification of Values
The Massachusetts Department of Revenue has given their preliminary certification of the town's Real Estate and Personal Property values for Fiscal 2018. There is a one week review period from July 21 through July 31 for the public to review their assessments and speak to the Assessor's office for any corrections. There are reports for review at the Assessor's Counter at Town Hall and at the Library. You can also access the report from here.
The Department of Revenue requires the Assessor's to inspect all properties every 10 years. Each year a section of the town is inspected in order to complete the whole process in 10 years.
Letters were mailed on July 17 for properties that had not responded to previous letters with street names Franklin, Friends, Gosselin, Groton, Hadley, Harbor, Haskell and Heald. We are asking that if you receive a letter, that you call to schedule an appointment. The next group of letter will be sent out in August.
If you have any questions concerning this process or feel that our inspection information is incorrect, please contact the Assessor's Office at 978-433-0322
QuestionsThe Assessor’s Department is available to answer any questions Monday from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Tuesday through Thursday 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The office can be contacted at 978-433-0322 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please note that the office is closed on Fridays but the information is still available online and at the library.
Motor Vehicle Excise Abatement
In order to receive an abatement on your Motor Vehicle Excise Tax, certain paperwork is required by the Assessor's Office before the abatement can be processed. The paperwork needed depends on what you did with your vehicle. Abatement requests do not have to be made in person. It takes six to eight weeks to get a check back for your abatement. Abatements from one car cannot automatically be transferred to another bill. The check for the abatement amount will be directly mailed to you.
No fees / interest can be abated. The abatement is based on the excise tax alone. You are still responsible for any fees and interest.
The Board of Assessors typically meets monthly, but on an as needed basis with meeting dates to be announced and posted on the notices page, and on the bulletin board in Town Hall. Meetings are held in Assessor's Office in Town Hall unless otherwise posted.