Real Estate Tax

Billing Cycle: Quarterly

Mail Dates: July 1st estimated bills, January 1st actual bills

Due Dates: August 1st, November 1st, February 1st and May 1st

As stated in M.G.L. CH 60, Section 3, cities and towns must send a bill to the owner of record as of January 1 of the year in which the tax was assessed. As a result, a new homeowner may not receive a bill in their name for up to a year and a half from the purchase date. New homeowners are encouraged to come to the Assessing Office to complete a new homeowner form with your name and mailing address.

Failure to receive a bill does not stay the collection of the tax. If you do not receive a tax bill within a week of the mailing date, please contact our office and we will send a copy of the bill. Interest accrues at 14% per annum, on the unpaid amount, beginning the day following the due date until payment is made. Postmarks are not acceptable.

After fourth quarter (May 1st), a demand bill is sent for any balance of the bill that is unpaid, plus interest and, pursuant to Massachusetts General Law Chapter 60 Section 15, a demand fee of $25 will be added. This will be due in 14 days.

Questions concerning assessed owners, assessments, abatements, exemptions, and mailing addresses should be directed to the Assessor's Office at 508-821-1011.

Available ways to pay:

  • Online at City Hall Systems.
  • By Phone at 508-381-5455
  • Mail with the envelope enclosed.
  • In-person at 15 Summer Street in the Tax Collector's Office. Please bring bill with you if paying in person.
  • Overnight drop-box at City Hall (15 Summer Street) near the Riverside Entrance.