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Board of Assessors
37 Main Street
Charlton, MA 01507
P: 508-248-2233
F: 508-248-2376
Email

Office Hours

Mon, Wed, Thu
7:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Tue
7:30 AM - 7:00 PM
Fri
CLOSED

Meetings

1st and 3rd Tuesdays
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Agenda - Sep. 9, 6 PM

Minutes

Assessors Directory

All Assessors have met the minimum standards for assessors pursuant to 830 Code of Massachusetts (CMR) 58.3.1.

Staff

Deborah Ceccarini
Principal Assessor
Janet Crockett
Administrative Assistant
Lea Morin
Department Assistant

Elected Board Members

Keith A. Johnson, Chair
Nancy E. Landry
Richard Vaughan
Board of Assessors

The Assessor’s Office is responsible for administering the property tax and motor vehicle excise tax for the Town of Charlton. In Charlton the property tax contributes over 60% of the town's operating budget. The property tax includes real estate and tangible personal property accounts. Assessed values are subject to triennial review and certification by the Department of Revenue.

The Assessors grant all statutory exemptions and act on all abatement applications. The Assessors are responsible for defending all appeals made to the Appellate Tax Board. The Assessors administer all special assessments under qualifying farm and forest management and maintain records of all sewer and water betterments. Assessments in Massachusetts are based on full and fair cash value as of January 1.

The Charlton Assessors use 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 Assessors' Department has a full time Director of Assessing and office staff along with an elected three-member board that serves on a part-time basis. The office provides a public access computer providing information on real estate properties in Charlton. 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) as well as all current and previous sales information.

Our staff offers a high level of customer service and information to assist taxpayers with a wide variety of questions and issues ranging from abatements to exemptions, from property identification to motor vehicle excise tax issues. We pride ourselves in educating the taxpayers so that they may have a better understanding of what we do. The Chief Assessor and 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.

Forms:

Assessors Abatement Package (Hints, Appraisal Info and Real Estate Abatement application)
Boat - Cancel Registration Form. This form must be submitted to Mass Environmental Police before 1 July of the current year, in order to be considered for an abatement.
Boat Excise Abatement (State Tax Form 2EB-3)
Chapter Land Classification Form(State Tax Form CL-1): This 4 page form explains that Chapter 61A property owners need to get their annual forms in for renewal. This form is can be edited and printed, but not saved.
Income and Expense Form
Motor Vehicle Excise Abatement Application (State Tax Form 126-MVE)
Motor Boat, Snowmobile, ATV/Status Change Form (Fax to Registration and Title Office, Worcester, MA)
Return of Personal Property Subject to Taxation (State Form 2)
Return of Property Held for Charitable Purposes (State Tax Form 3ABC)
Request for Certified Abutters List
Declaration of Homestead
Address Change Request

Note: Please ensure that all necessary documentation and/or filing fees are included with the applications and/or forms.

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DISCLAIMER: This information is available to the public although a third party may possess this information, it should be not be used for any other purposes, the intended user is the Assessors Office.

Flood Maps/Zones

FEMA's Map Service Center has a map search feature that allows homeowners and/or renters to view the flood map for their property. Instructions: Click here for FEMA Map Service Center. Select Product "Flood Maps" then enter the address. Choose view and the map will load into an interactive viewer window where you will be able to zoom in to your exact location. In the alternative, the maps are available for viewing in the Town Clerk's office during regular business hours.

GIS - Charlton Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Data Files

Charlton Property Parcel Data Layer (As of Jan. 1st 2010) – Property parcel polygons for the entire town, does not include an extract of the assessor’s database. Please contact the assessor to obtain a copy of the town’s assessor database. Charlton property shape files are in a zip file and available for download: Shape Files

Please Note - Data files require GIS software in order to view the data. ArcGIS Explorer Desktop is a free program from ESRI that will allow you to view GIS data formats such as shapefiles. Information about the program and a link to download it can be found at www.esri.com/software/arcgis/explorer/index.html

Announcements


Tip of the Month: Filing for an Abatement 2014

FY 2014 tax rate: $12.66 per thousand

Values Online - Patriot Properties

"The Tax Riddle" - How can real estate bills still rise even as values of homes fall? (Boston Globe)

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