The Assessors’ Department is an integral part of the Town’s financial management team that works closely with the Collector, Treasurer, and Town Accountant. The Assessors are responsible for raising approximately 65 percent of the total town budget through the property tax.
The Board directs the day-to-day operation of the office through weekly meetings with an appointed full-time Assistant Assessor. The department is responsible for the valuation of all real estate and personal property within the town.
Other duties include, but are not limited to:
- Processing applications for tax exemptiion for disabled American veterans, elderly, blind and widowed tax payers;
- Attending meetings with town financial advisors on the town budget and the Assessing Department's budget;
- Review of reports submitted to the Department of Revenue throughout the year;
- Having the town and water district tax rate certified and conducting a revaluation of all real estate and personal property every five years;
- Ongoing reinspection of all residential properties within the town.
Automobile and boat excise taxes are abated through the Assessors' Office, maps are maintained by the Assessors of all real estate in the town and owners of property are updated through the Bristol County Registry of Deeds.
Work in the Assessors’ Office is regulated through Massachusetts General Laws and state mandates. The Massachusetts Department of Revenue oversees and certifies everything processed that relates to taxation.
The Assessors’ Office will continue to be available to the public who has questions, problems and/or comments regarding the Assessing Department.