Assessor's Office

Board of Assessors:

Louis J. Franco, Chairman

Christopher Comeau, Member

Matthew J. Papini, Sr., Member

 

Assessor:                                                                                                                                         Office Staff:

Harald Scheid, Regional Assessor                                                                                 Louise Paquette, Administrative Assistant

David Manzello, Regional Assessor                                                                               Sheila Craigen, Assessing Clerk

 

Address:

17 Main Street, P.O. Box 135 Lunenburg, MA 01462

Office Hours:

Mondays, Wednesdays (8 a.m. to 4 p.m.);

Tuesdays, Thursdays (8 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.); 

Fridays (Closed)

 

Phone: (978) 582-4145

Fax: (978) 582-4148

Email: lpaquette@lunenburgonline.com


Fiscal Year 2015 tax rate is $18.32 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 2015 the assessment date is 1/1/2014, and market sales utilized for valuation purposes are from calendar year 2013.

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.

 

Read more about the role of assessors in Massachusetts

 

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