Real Estate Tax

The tax rate for Fiscal Year 2017 has been certified by the Department of Revenue at $14.19 per thousand dollars of valuation, a decrease of $.66 from the Fiscal Year 2016 tax rate of $14.85. Fiscal Year 2017 property assessment data is available for viewing at the Assessor's Office, or online at Patriot Properties.

Board of Assessors


The Board of Assessors, consisting of 3 members, is responsible for following state guidelines to determine the fair market value for each property for tax purposes. By state law, properties must be reviewed every year, and inspected at least once every 9 years. The most recent town wide revaluation was done for this Fiscal Year 2017.  Annual interim adjustments help to keep assessments current.

Fiscal Year Billing


Real estate taxes are billed on a fiscal-year basis. The fiscal year begins on July 1 and runs through June 30 of the following year. Fiscal Year 2018 began on July 1, 2017 and ends on June 30, 2018. Real estate taxes are due and payable on a quarterly basis. The 1st and 2nd quarter tax bills, called preliminary tax bills, were mailed June 30, 2017.  The first quarter is due August 1, 2017, the 2nd quarter is due November 1, 2017. The 3rd and 4th quarter actual tax bills, which will be mailed on December 31, 2017, will be due on February 1, 2018 and May 1, 2018.

Application for Abatement


If you disagree with the information on your actual tax bill, you may complete and submit the Application For Abatement State Tax Form 128 (PDF) to the Assessor's Office within a specific time period. This form is also available in the Assessor's Office, and can be picked up or mailed upon request. It is important that you provide as much information as possible on the application as to why you believe your assessment is incorrect. The burden of proof that a property is overvalued is the responsibility of the taxpayer.  The Actual tax bills will be mailed on December 31, 2017, starting the filing period in which Abatement applications for Fiscal Year 2018 can be accepted.  Abatement applications must be received in the Assessors Office not later than the close of business day on February 1, 2018, or bear a U.S. Postal mark of February 1, 2018 or prior. Late applications can not be acted upon by the Board of Assessor's. These deadlines can not be extended or waived by the Assessor's for any reason.


Determination Process


The Board of Assessor's has 3 months from the date of your abatement request to make a determination. You will be informed in writing of their decision. If an abatement request is denied by the Board of Assessor's, an appeal may be made at the state level to the Appellate Tax Board in Boston. Visit the online resource or they can also be reached at 617-727-3100. Appeals to the ATB must be made within 3 months of the Board of Assessor's decision. During the appeal process, it is very important to pay your tax bill on time in order to preserve your right of appeal.


Homestead Act


The Homestead Act provides a type of protection for a person's residence. For more information on filing a Declaration of Homestead Form (PDF) or a Declaration of Homestead Elderly and / or Disabled Form (PDF) please contact the Assessor's Office at 978-356-6603, or the Southern Essex Registry of Deeds at 978-741-0201.