The Board of Assessors is required by Massachusetts Law to annually assess taxes to cover the cost of running the Town, along with state appropriations assessed to the Town. The Assessors Office has nothing to do with the total amount of taxes collected.
The Assessors’ primary responsibility is to determine the “full and fair cash value” of your property so you pay only your fair share of the taxes. Assessed values in Massachusetts are based on “full and fair cash value” or 100 percent of fair market value. Each year the office reviews sales and the real estate market; this is done so that the property taxpayer pays his or her fair share of the cost of local government, in proportion to the value of his/her property. Read More