Board of Assessors:
Louis J. Franco, Chairman
Christopher Comeau, Member
Matthew J. Papini, Sr., Member
Harald Scheid, Regional Assessor Louise Paquette, Administrative Assistant
David Manzello, Regional Assessor Sheila Craigen, Assessing Clerk
17 Main Street, P.O. Box 135 Lunenburg, MA 01462
Mondays, Wednesdays (8 a.m. to 4 p.m.);
Tuesdays, Thursdays (8 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.);
Phone: (978) 582-4145
Fax: (978) 582-4148
Fiscal Year 2013 tax rate is $17.30 per thousand. Historical Tax Rates
In Massachusetts, assessors are either appointed or elected to three-year terms. The assessors' primary responsibility is to value all real estate and personal property subject to taxation. Assessed valuations are based on "full and fair cash value" as of the January 1st preceding each fiscal year. Ex. For Fiscal Year 2013 the assessment date is 1/1/2012, and market sales utilized for valuation purposes are from calendar year 2011.
In order to maintain assessments at or near market value, the assessors' regularly compare property valuations with the selling prices of properties that have sold. Assessment-to-sale ratio statistics are analyzed to determine the median assessment level, as well as, assessment uniformity. No valuation methodology can accurately predict what a property will sell for.
A secondary and perhaps more important role of the Board of Assessors is to generate equitable assessments. To that end we continually strive to maintain an accurate property database and refine valuation tables and formulas that yield both equitable and explainable assessments.
Actual FY 2013 Values click below
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