Assessor's Office

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Board of Assessors:
Richard H. Letarte, Chairman

Christine Cosgrove Higdon, Member

Kevin Fish, Member

Office Hours:
Monday, Wednesday - 8:00 am to 4:00 pm
Tuesday, Thursday - 8:00 am to 6:00 pm
Closed Friday

Office Staff:

Christine Kumar, Principal Assessor
Sheila Craigen, Administrative Assessing Assistant

Fiscal Year 2021 tax rate is $17.74 per thousand.

Responsibilities of the Assessors Office

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 2020 the assessment date is 1/1/2019, and market sales utilized for valuation purposes are from calendar year 2018.

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.