Who are the Assessors?

As a result of the change in the town’s structure (beginning in May of 2005) the first Board member was appointed instead of elected. The Board of Assessors consists of three appointed individuals who serve staggered three-year terms. One position is filled each year unless a vacancy occurs. The appointed Assessors are part time. A full time Assistant Assessor and staff carry out board decisions and are responsible for the day to day operations of the office.

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1. What are property taxes?
2. When and how is property valued?
3. Who are the Assessors?
4. When and where does the board meet?
5. What are the Assessors’ responsibilities?
6. Why is the previous owner’s name (seller/grantor) on the real estate tax bill when I am the “new” owner?
7. How can I reduce my property tax bill? / What is an abatement? / Are there other ways to lower my taxes?
8. What is Market value?
9. What is Longmeadow’s fiscal year?
10. When are changes to the improvements applied to the property value as compared to changes in value due to market conditions?
11. What is real property?
12. What is real estate?
13. What is personal property?
14. How is the property tax rate calculated?
15. What is Proposition 2½?
16. What do I need to know about motor vehicle excise?
17. Questions or Comments