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Board of Assessors

Description


The assessors are required by Massachusetts law to value all real and personal property within the town. The legal standard is that all property, from the smallest condominium to the largest commercial property, is assessed at its “full and fair market value”. This is done to ensure that all taxpayers only pay their fair share of the cost of local government.

Assessors also have the responsibility of issuing motor vehicle excise tax bills, originated by the State Registry of Motor Vehicles, and boat excise tax bills, generated at the local level. Assessors also administer water, street and sewer betterments generated by other municipal departments. Also assessors must review and process personal exemptions which are a form of tax credits for qualified tax payers.

Assessors have a major role in promoting effective financial management in the town. Real estate and motor vehicle excise tax levies account for a majority of the funds available to the municipality to provide necessary services. Efficient and effective assessment practices result in predictable tax levies which is essential to maintaining adequate and sufficient cash flow for the town.

Board Members
Timothy Cabral, Chairman - Elected Official
Wayne Gray, Vice Chairman - Elected Official
Patrick Travis, Clerk - Elected Official

Staff Contacts


Name Title Phone
Vacant Principal Assessor 508-678-2981 Option 6
Doreen Martin Assistant to Assessor  
Elizabeth Medeiros Senior Clerk  

Contact Info
Hours of Operation:
Monday - Thursday: 8:00am - 4:30pm
Friday: 8:00am - 1:00pm

Phone: (508) 678-2981 Option 6      Fax: (508) 324-6700
 
Address:
81 Main Street
Swansea, MA 02777