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 (3) 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.