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State law requires that all property in Massachusetts be assessed at current market value. For more information please call us at 508-693-3554 x201.
The best evidence of market value is the arm's length sale of reasonably comparable properties. These are properties similar to yours in location, age, style, condition, and other features that affect market value, such as the square footage of living area, bathrooms and size of garage, etc. For more information please call us at 508-693-3554 x201
We will then consider all other factors that may affect the market value of your property. The cost to replace your building(s), less any depreciation, plus the value of the land could be used to estimate market value. For rental properties, the income and expenses could be considered. For more information please call us at 508-693-3554 x201
Your construction cost is a historical figure that may or may not reflect the current market value of your property; it is only 1 element that may be considered. For more information please call us at 508-693-3554 x201
Generally speaking, improvements that increase the market value of a property will increase the assessment. The following examples are typical items that may increase the assessed value of your property:- Added rooms or garages- Central air conditioning- Extensive remodeling- Fireplaces- Inground pools, decks- Kitchen or baths- Substantial modernizationFor more information please call us at 508-693-3554 x201
Normal maintenance will help retain the market value of your property, but generally will not affect your assessment. For more information please call us at 508-693-3554 x201
Economic conditions such as interest rates, inflation rates, and changes in the tax laws will influence the value of real estate. As property values change in the marketplace, those changes must be reflected on the assessment roll. For more information please call us at 508-693-3554 x201
You will need to file an abatement application with the Assessors Office within 30 days of the issuance of the first half tax bill. The Taxpayer should pay the bill as rendered while his/her abatement application is pending to avoid interest and penalties. The Board of Assessors has 3 months in which to act on your application. They will notify you on an approved Department of Revenue form of their decision with that time. If not acted on favorably, it is automatically denied at the end of the three-month period. For more information please call us at 508-693-3554 x201
State law places the burden of proof on the property owner to show that their property is overvalued. Stating that your property taxes are too high is not relevant. You should establish in your mind what you think your property is worth. A recent appraisal of your property may help support your case.
The best evidence that will be considered is a recent sale price of your property. The next best evidence would be recent sales of properties that are similar to yours - the closer in similarity and proximity, the better the evidence.
For more information please call us at 508-693-3554 x201
Although the value of your property affects your share of taxes, the actual amount you pay is determined by the budget needs of the town and school, and spending approved by the vote of Town Meeting Members at town meeting. A tax rate is then adopted that will generate the needed dollars. Your property taxes are determined by multiplying the tax rate per thousand dollars of assessed value.
1. Certificates of occupancy are not required for work exempt from permits under Section R105.2.2. Accessory buildings or structures.2. Accessory buildings or structures.Please contact the Building Department for more details.
The many accomplishments of this dedicated group are evident throughout the town. The Friends’ vision and hard work along with help from the Highway and Parks Department have made these projects possible.
The Friends of Oak Bluffs continue to work toward creating a beautiful community and fostering pride.
Learn more here. Friends of Oak Bluffs
There will be several meetings with the Commission staff and a Public Hearing with the Commissioners. The tentative schedule is Aug 28 for the LUPC (Land Use Planning Committee) hearing and Sep 21 for the Public Hearing. After deliberation, the Commission will issue a decision, probably in the first half of October that may confirm the plan, add conditions, or deny the plan. After the decision by the MV Commission, the Oak Bluffs Planning Board will resume the site plan review process. When that process is completed, assuming approval by the Planning Board, the Town can proceed with moving town hall employees and functions, razing the old building and bidding the new building.
In all, referral to the MV Commission will probably add fifty days to the process and will likely add thousands of dollars to expenses applied to the Building Project's contingency fund.
An elevator and open staircases connect all three floors.
An acoustically designed conference room on the main floor will accommodate 60 people for large meetings and public events.
There are two restrooms on each floor and several small "kitchenettes" available for washing hands and preparing snacks and hot drinks.
Town offices are positioned throughout the new building so as to provide most townspeople one stop-shopping for their needs. For example, Building Inspectors, Board of Health and Conservation Commission are co-located on the lower level because they often need access to the same plans during an approval process. The Town Clerk has immediate access to a much larger Vault where vital public and town documents are safe guarded. On the main level, the Assessor and Tax Collector have counters that are ADA accessible.
The exterior of the building is designed for minimal maintenance, and the large south facing roof dormer is fully ready and wired for Solar panel installation, which when installed should make this energy efficient, all electric building, nearly self sufficient.
There are small conference rooms available on each floor to accommodate the many volunteer boards and committees that help make Oak Bluffs the special town it is.