What does the Assessing Department do?

The Board of Assessors is responsible for determining the fair market value of all property located within the Town. There are three principal types of local taxes administered by the Board: real estate, personal property, and motor vehicle excise. The Board is also responsible for the administration of all laws relative to local taxation as outlined in the General Laws of Massachusetts and is supervised in the administration of these laws by the Department of Revenue's Division of Local Services. Additionally, the Board of Assessors is responsible for compiling and submitting all data required for setting the tax rate on an annual basis to the Department of Revenue for approval on an annual basis.

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1. How does the Town of Upton Determines Property Value?
2. I recently applied for a Refinance or Home-Equity line. Why was the bank assessment different than the town assessment?
3. What if I disagree with my new property assessment?
4. What should be included when completing an abatement form?
5. What if I am not sure and have trouble completing the form?
6. How can I tell if my value is correct?
7. What about land values?
8. Why can similar properties have different values?
9. How are properties assessed?
10. Will my tax bill go up?
11. How are tax rates set?
12. If values went down why did the rate and tax bill increase?
13. What types of exemptions are available to me to reduce my tax burden?
14. What remedies are available to me if the Assessor denies my abatement application and I am aggrieved by this decision?
15. What if I disagree with the assessment of my property?
16. Am I required to allow the Assessor to inspect my property?
17. How do the Assessors determine the value of my property?
18. What is Proposition 2 ½?
19. What does the Assessing Department do?
20. What does the Assessing Department not do?