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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 not later than the due date of the first actual (NOT preliminary) tax bill of the fiscal year. 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.