Real Estate and Personal Property Abatements
The appeal process for disputing your property tax bill is via the Abatement Procedure. The application is available at the Assessors' Office in Town Building, or online after December 31st annually, and must be filed after the mailing of the Third Quarter tax bill (December), but no later than the close of business on February 1st. No abatement can be granted unless the application is filed on time.
If you think your assessed value is wrong, you must provide your opinion of value on the abatement application.
The Board of Assessors has 90 days from the date the application was received to act on the appeal. Each and every appeal will receive written notification of the Assessors' action.
Filing an appeal does not put your tax payment on hold. Tax payments need to be rendered in a timely manner in order to protect further appeal rights to the Massachusetts Appellate Tax Board. Any abatements to taxes are adjusted on the fourth quarter bill. If there has been an overpayment, a refund is generated at the close of the fiscal year (June 30th).
If you are dissatisfied with the decision of the Board of Assessors, you may file an appeal to the Appellate Tax Board. This must be done within three months of the Assessors' decision.