- Finance & Taxes
- Treasurer / Collector
Treasurer / Collector
The primary mission of the Treasurer and Collector is to act as the Town's receipting and disbursing agent of public financial assets in order to maximize the utilization and safekeeping of Town funds.
The Office of the Treasurer and Collector of Taxes is responsible for the timely billing and collection of 65% of the Town's operating revenues. This equates to the issuance of approximately 39,000 billings annually. The department also functions as the disbursing agent for the Town - in which payroll and vendor checks in the excess of 16,000 checks and direct deposit vouchers are issued annually.
The department also issues all authorized debt for both short and long-term borrowing.
- How may I get the total taxes I paid for the calendar year?
You may fill out our form (DOC) which asks you to describe what amounts you are looking for and what property address the request is in relation to. Unfortunately, we do not typically provide this information "on the spot" since in some instances the data takes time to complete. Please allow 3 to 5 business days for a response.
- What bills can I pay online?
You can pay your Real Estate, Personal Property, and Excise taxes, or your water bill online.
Please note there are convenience fees for Credit Cards which are disclosed prior to any payment. Checking account debits are free as of July 1, 2017.
Please Note: Overdue Accounts for RE and PP must be paid at Town Hall. Overdue accounts for auto excise must be paid at Town Hall or through our Deputy Collector kelleyryan.com
Transfer Station fees and permits please visit the Town Clerk Department either in person or online for any additional information and payment.
- What is the current tax rate?
The tax rate for Fiscal 2018 is $16.14 per thousand.
- At what ratio is property assessed?
100% of full and fair cash value.
- What does 100% of full and fair cash value mean?
The courts have defined this phrase to mean "current market value", the price arrived at by a willing buyer and a willing seller, each with a good knowledge of the market and each acting without undue pressure or compulsion. Thus, in determining value, assessors seek to approximate what property would sell for on the open market, within an acceptable range of error.
- What is motor vehicle excise tax?
It is an annual tax for the privilege of registration. Anyone who registers a vehicle with the Registry of Motor Vehicles (RMV) will be billed based on the information supplied to the RMV on the registrant's application. Chapter 60A of the Mass. General laws imposes an excise on the privilege of registering a motor vehicle or a trailer in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Non-registered vehicles remain subject to taxation as personal property. The excise is levied by the city or town where the vehicle is principally garaged and the revenues becomes part of the local community treasury. The RMV prepares data for excise bills according to the information on the motor vehicle registration and sends it to the Town Assessors. Bills are then prepared based on the excise data sent by the RMV.
- Who must pay?
Anyone with Massachusetts’ license plates.
- What is the rate?
The rate is $25 per thousand of the valuation. This is the standard rate for the entire Commonwealth.
- What is personal property?
Personal property is all tangible property other than real estate property, including, but not limited to: business equipment, office machinery, inventory, furniture, and fixtures not located at the owner's domicile on January 1.
- What property is taxable?
In general, all tangible personal property situated in Massachusetts and all tangible personal property owned by Massachusetts domiciliaries is taxable unless expressly exempt. There are many exemptions, which are usually based on:
- Type of property
- Use of property
- Who must pay this tax?
Individuals, partnerships, associations, trusts, limited liability companies, Massachusetts business and out of state corporations, limited liability companies filing federally as corporations, mutual insurance holding companies, Massachusetts and out of state manufacturing corporations and all other Massachusetts corporations subject to taxation under G.L. Chapter 63.