What are the Assessors' responsibilities?

The primary responsibility of the Assessors' office is the valuation of all real estate and personal property in the Town of Halifax. Under Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 59, Section 38 the Board of Assessors must assess all property, real and personal, at full and fair cash value. These values are used as the basis of the local property tax. The office also administers all real estate tax exemptions, real estate tax abatements, and excise tax abatements.