Assessment Administration

Mailing Address Office Hours Department Contacts
Assessment Administration
1000 Commonwealth Avenue
City Hall, Room 111
Newton Centre, MA 02459
(617) 796-1160
(617) 796-1179 Fax
Monday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Tuesday, 8:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Wednesday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Closed Saturdays, Sundays and holidays.

James Shaughnessy, Director

Allan Cohen, Commercial Assessor

Brian Davis, Residential Assessor

Padraig Doyle, Associate Assessor

What Do The Assessors Do?

The Assessors' Office is responsible for the administration of all laws and regulations regarding property tax assessment. The Assessors, as required by Chapters 59, 60A, 61, 61B, 121A of the Massachusetts General Laws and various Acts of the Legislature, perform the appraisal of approximately 27,000 parcels of property. This includes residential, commercial, industrial, utilities, and personal property. The Assessors process over 70,000 excise tax bills on motor vehicles and boats each year. The Assessors establish the assessed value of property each fiscal year. 

The Mayor and City Council determine the budget each year. A tax classification hearing is held each year in the Council Chamber at City Hall. The City Council votes to set the tax rate(s) as a result of this hearing. The Assessors then commit to the Treasurer/Collector the amount of taxes to be collected including sewer, street, and sidewalk betterments and water and sewer liens.The Assessors handle requests for abatements and exemptions through the avenues prescribed by the Massachusetts Legislature. The exemptions are for veterans with at least 10% service related disability, income-eligible elderly, surviving spouse, blind, infirm, and hardship cases.

This Department also is responsible for preparing cases for hearing and defending property values before the Massachusetts Appellate Tax Board and for reporting all sales within the City to the Massachusetts Department of Revenue. The Assessors' Office works daily with the inquiries of taxpayers, planners, developers, builders, real estate professionals and others. The Assessors coordinate the revaluation process to comply with the laws of the Commonwealth and to achieve a sound base for fiscal planning within the City.

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