Assessor's Office

Board of Assessors:

Louis J. Franco, Chairman

Richard H. Letarte, Member

Rena Swezey, Member



Harald Scheid, Regional Assessor

Rebecca Boucher, Regional Assessor


Office Staff:

Louise Paquette, Administrative Assessor

Sheila Craigen, Principal Assessing Clerk


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


Office Hours:

Please note:  The Assessors' office will temporarily be closing at 2:00 pm on Thursdays until further notice.

Monday, Wednesday - 8:00 am to 4:00 pm

Tuesday, Thursday - 8:00 am to 6:00 pm

Closed Friday

Phone: (978) 582-4145

Fax: (978) 582-4148


Fiscal Year 2016 tax rate is $19.61 per thousand. Historical Real Estate 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 2016 the assessment date is 1/1/2015, and market sales utilized for valuation purposes are from calendar year 2014.

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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