Board of Assessors

Assessors’ Primary Function

The Assessors’ Office is responsible for administering Massachusetts Property Tax Laws effectively and equitably and for producing accurate and fair assessments of all property, both real estate and business personal property. The office also administers all real estate tax exemptions and abatements and excise tax abatements.

Tax Classification Hearing - FY2022 - September 14, 2021

TOWN OF HALIFAX

PUBLIC HEARING

The Board of Selectmen will hold a Public Classification Hearing on Tuesday, September 14, 2021 at 6:45 p.m. in the Great Hall, 499 Plymouth Street, Halifax, MA for the purpose of allocating the local property tax levy among the five property classes for the Fiscal Year 2022.

Additional information about the hearing and the decisions to be made

Public Notice - FY 2022 Preliminary Valuations

The Halifax Board of Assessors has conducted a comprehensive reassessment of all classes of properties in the Town of Halifax as mandated by the Massachusetts Department of Revenue.

The Assessors have received the Perliminary Certification from the Mass. Department of Revenue. The proposed assessed values reflect the estimated market value of properties as of January 1, 2021, based on sales in calendar years 2019 and 2020. The revaluation resulted in typical Residential value increases of 10% to 14%.

As part of the Public Disclosure Period the proposed Fiscal Year 2022 valuations will be available for review beginning Monday, August 23, 2021, through Friday, August 27, 2021, in the Assessors’ Office in Town Hall daily from 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. on Friday.  The valuations are also available online at https://www.halifax-ma.org/PRST.

Taxpayers may contact the Board of Assessors with questions regarding the proposed assessments at (781) 293-5960.

Change in Motor Vehicle Excise Bills

There has been a change in the way the Registry of Motor Vehicles (RMV) rounds vehicle values for Motor Vehicle excise bills. In previous years, the RMV has rounded the taxable value of each vehicle to the nearest $50 based on the vehicles original MSRP and now they have now changed that practice and are rounding the taxable valuation to the nearest $1. This change will make the bills more accurate for taxation purposes.

The value depreciation schedule has not changed and remains as follows:

50% Year Prior to Year of Manufacturing (i.e. 2021 vehicle registered in 2020)
90% Year of Manufacturing
60% 2nd Year
40% 3rd Year
25% 4th Year
10% 5th year and beyond.

When you receive your excise tax bill for 2020, you may see a slight fluctuation in the total excise tax bill due to this change, and it is particularly noticeable with vehicles 5 years or older that have had the same tax bill for several years.

Please note that the revision in valuation and rounding was not a change made by the Assessors' Office, but by the Massachusetts Registry of Vehicles as of January 2020. The Halifax Assessors' Office wanted to inform our residents of the changes in order to assist in understanding how, and why your bill looks different from other years. Thank you for your understanding and patience during this change.

 

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Staff Contacts

NameTitleE-Mail

Principal Assessor/Appraiser

Administrative Assessor

Kelly Dwyer

Administrative Assistant

Board Members

NameE-Mail Address
Thomas Millias
John Shiavone