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You have the right to file an abatement application with the Assessing Department by the due date of the third quarter tax bill. The Board of Assessors has three months on which to act on your application. They will notify you on an approved Department of Revenue form of their decision at that time.
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All assessing staff will have an identification card with their picture on it. Our phone number is 508-821-1011 if you need verification. To ensure accurate assessment, it is to your advantage to allow an assessor inside your property when an inspection is required. You are not required by law to allow the inspection, but you should be aware that by denying an inspection, you might lose some statutory rights if you feel the need to appeal your assessment.
Generally speaking, improvements that increase the market value of a property will increase the assessment. The following examples are typical items that may increase the assessed value of property:
Normal maintenance will help retain the market value of your property, but generally will not increase your assessment. Significant repairs of serious structural deficiencies may have an affect on value.
General economic conditions such as interest rates, inflation rates, and changes in the tax levy influence the value of real estate. As property values change in the marketplace, those changes will be reflected on the assessment roll.
No. If an inspection is necessary on your property, we have to analyze all the information gathered before placing a value on it. We will then further review this information to ensure your assessment corresponds fairly to the assessments of other properties.
Talk with an assessor. During the informal public review period you can learn how your assessment was made, what factors were considered, and what type of records we have on your property.
If you disagree with the decision of the Board of Assessors, you may elect to file an appeal to the Appellate Tax Board, located at:100 Cambridge StreetSuite 200Boston, MA 02114
The telephone number is 617-727-3100, or visit them online at the Appellate Tax Board website.