The Assessors' Department has a full time Assessing staff along with an elected three member board who serve on a part-time basis. The members of the current Board of Assessors are Tom Martiska (Chairman), Wayne MacNeil, and Van Baker.
The Assessors' Office is responsible for administering Massachusetts property tax laws effectively and equitably and for producing accurate and fair appraisals of all taxable property. In Boylston the property tax contributes over 70% of the town's operating budget. Taxable property would include not only real estate but personal property for businesses as well.
Massachusetts state law requires the Assessors in every town to inspect all properties every 10 years. Boylston has begun the process this year and hope to complete this task by the end of FY21. Letters will be sent to tax payers shortly before beginning inspections in each section of town. The inspections are being performed by Mayflower Valuation, Ltd. We appreciate appointements to view the interior of homes or will visit properties as we work through the town.
The FY20 tax rate is $16.54 per thousand.
The Property Cards are now on-line on this website. These cards provide information on real estate properties in Boylston. The data includes the property owners' name, total living area, building footprint, land area, and total assessed value broken down by land and building(s).
The motor vehicle excise tax is also administered through the Assessors' Office. Adjustments to the bill are made when a car is sold or the owner moves out of state and the plates are cancelled or transferred to a new vehicle. The taxpayer must show the disposition of the plates and the vehicle and can be abated only to the later of the two dates.
After July 1st of each year the Assessors' Office sends exemption and deferral forms to property owners who have received an exemption and/or deferral during the previous fiscal year. Exemptions include, among others, qualifying veterans, the elderly, and the blind.
The Assessing staff are available to answer your questions during regular office hours and are happy to provide assistance in filling out abatement applications, exemptions or deferral forms.