Board of Assessors

The Assessing Department is now open to the public, Monday through Friday, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.    We may be closed between 12:30 and 1:30 on some days.

Members

  • Marie B. Allen - June 30, 2023
  • Melanie M. Bilodeau - June 30, 2023
  • Jesse B. Law, III - June 30, 2024

The Oak Bluffs Select Board declared a $34,036 residential exemption at their Classification Hearing on 11/16/21.  This amounts to a $231 reduction in taxes on properties that are the owner's principal residence.  You must apply by April 1, 2022 in order to receive this exemption.  A copy of the application along with instructions is below.  A list of pre-qualified parcels is also below.  If you are on the pre-qualified list you do not need to apply again.  Applicants who apply after November 14, 2021 can expect to receive a credit upon approval.  This process may take several months.

The 2022 Fiscal Year (July 1, 2021 through June 30, 2022) Tax Rate has been certified by the Department of Revenue.  It is $6.79 per thousand for residential properties and $6.75 per thousand for all other classes (commercial and industrial) of real estate and for personal property.  This compares to a rate of $7.37 in FY2021.

The residential rate differs from other classes because the town adopted a residential exemption this year.  Qualified properties will have $34,036 deducted from their assessed value before calculating tax.  

FY22 values have been calculated and approved by the DOR and are available following the quick link on the right: FY2021 Mapping - Interactive G.I.S. Now with FY22 Property Record Card Link.  We expect to have FY2022 mapping available by the end of December 2021.

Instructions for finding the cards on GIS are below.  In accordance with Massachusetts General Laws and Department of Revenue regulations, Assessed Values for FY2022 have been adjusted to reflect fair cash value as of January 1, 2021.


Responsibilities

The Board of Assessors is responsible for the full and fair valuation of all Oak Bluffs real and personal property for the purpose of the equitable distribution of the property tax burden. The assessors regularly collect and analyze data pertaining to recent real estate transactions, current costs of land acquisitions and building construction, commercial market rents, vacancies, and expenses, and land use issues to assist them in determination of market value.

Property Assessments

Massachusetts General Laws dictate that property be assessed at full and fair valuation as of January 1st preceding the beginning of the fiscal year (July - June). Every 5 years the Department of Revenue performs a procedural audit of the assessors work to certify that the Town is meeting its statutory requirement of full and fair value. This next audit will take place in fiscal year 2023. By law, every parcel in town should be inspected every 10 years.

Excise Taxes

Assessors have the responsibility for the Motor Vehicle Excise tax bills that are originated by the State Registry of Motor Vehicles. The Registry updates bills to reflect recent change and then pass the bills on to the Town for distribution. Assessors grant abatements and answer questions regarding excise tax bills. In addition, with information furnished by the Department of Environmental Police, the Assessor's office originates boat excise bills for people who have boats.

Exemptions and Abatement

Massachusetts General Laws allow certain taxpayers exemptions from all or a portion of their property tax bills. These exemptions are allowed to those who qualified under State Law, primarily from among the elderly, disabled veterans, the blind, widows and widowers, and minor children of deceased parents. In order to receive an exemption, you must apply at the Assessors Office.

Board of Assessors - Agendas & Minutes