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Assessor’s Responsibilities & Qualifications

  • The Assessor’s office uses modern mass-appraisal techniques and data standards defined in Standard 6 of the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP) of the Appraisal Foundation and valuation standards defined by the International Association of Assessing Officers (IAAO).
  • The Assessor’s office has a full time Director of Assessing and office staff along with an elected three-member Board. 
  • Classify and determine “full and fair cash value” of all real and personal property according to Massachusetts General Law (Chapter 59) Chapter 59 (
  • Process all Motor Vehicle abatement requests
  • Provide high level of customer service and information to assist taxpayers with questions and issues.
  • Review all applications for accuracy regarding tax incentives for land used for recreational, forestry or agricultural purposes.
  • Review and act upon all real and personal property abatement applications
  • Review and process all exemption applications for qualifying elderly, widowed, blind, or disabled veteran residents.

All Assessor’s, elected and appointed, as well as Assistant Assessor’s, who have taken the oath of office, must meet minimum qualification standards set by the State Commissioner of Revenue.  Currently, those standards include attendance at a week-long course of training and passing of the concluding examination, as well as attendance at a Classification Training Workshop.  The Commissioner may also establish continuing education requirements. 

Key Dates for Property Owners

  • April 1: Actual Tax bill, Real Estate/Personal Property Abatement applications, and Exemption applications are normally due by this date.
    • The collector mails the Actual Tax bills each year by December 31.  
  • July 1: Beginning of the Fiscal Year.  The physical characteristics of improvements are determined as of this date, i.e. % of completion for new construction of any type. 
  • October 1: Preliminary Tax bill & Chapterland applications are normally due by this date.
    • The collector mails the preliminary tax bills each year by July 1.

To contact the Assessor's Office please email [email protected] or call (508) 987-6038 x.1051

Staff Contacts

Name Title Phone
Laureen Gilbert Assistant Assessor (508) 987-6038 x.1051

Board of Assessors

Name Title
Garry Bates Member
Robert W. Fike Member