How is my assessed value determined each year?

Beginning January 1rst, the Board of Assessors will determine the fair market value each year using a process called mass appraisal, which is the valuation of many properties as of a given date using standard procedures and statistical testing. Property sales in a given period are analyzed by grouping property characteristics that are important in determining market value, developing reasonable value adjustments for the property characteristics, statistically testing a model then applying the resulting estimates of value to all properties. For example, you may own a residential call parcel. This type of land within the residential class would be assessed using mass appraisal techniques by analyzing sales of this type to develop value estimates. When there are few sales of a particular type of property, sales from other communities are examined. Assessment quality standards established by the Massachusetts Department of Revenue must be met annually in order to set the tax rate.

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1. I just bought property this year, why is the prior owner still on the tax bill?
2. How is my assessed value determined each year?
3. Why won't the town send my tax bill directly to my bank or mortgage company?
4. What is State Certification / Revaluation?
5. Will someone be inspecting my house?
6. How do I find out what my new assessment is?
7. If my assessment increases will my property taxes increase?
8. If assessments increase and the tax rate stays about the same, why don't we leave the assessment the same?
9. Can I review my annual property assessment with someone after receiving the bill?
10. Should I file for an abatement on my property tax?
11. How do I file for an abatement?
12. If I have questions about real estate abatements or exemptions, who can I call?
13. How does a building permit affect the value of my property?
14. What is the Supplemental Tax Bill?
15. What are my tax dollars used for?
16. If I have a question regarding payment of taxes, who do I call?
17. Can I get a copy of the deed and plot plan of my property?