A Friendly Reminder
The Town's fiscal year begins July 1 and ends June 30. It is not a calendar year.
The Town uses a quarterly payment system for property taxes. Due dates for these payments are as follows:
1 2 3 4
Aug. 1 Nov. 1 Feb. 1 May 1
The Town mails a two part "preliminary tax bill" in mid to late June and a two part "actual tax bill" in mid to late December. (2 mailings for payments)
State law requires the taxpayer to locate the tax bill and pay in a timely manner. Delinquent accounts accrue interest at a rate of 14% per annum. If you have not received a bill by July 1 or January 1, please contact the Collector's Office at 617-898-4851, 52, or 53.
Most motor vehicle excise tax bills are mailed in February or March. State law requires that you notify the Registry of Motor Vehicles of any change of address, since the Registry generates all motor vehicle excise bills for all municipalities in the Commonwealth.
The Treasurer/Collector is responsible for the collection of all monies due to the Town including:
* Real Estate Taxes
* Personal Property
* Motor Vehicle Excise Taxes
* Boat Excise Taxes
* Departmental Receipts
* Water/Sewer Bills
* Municipal Lien Certificates
The office of the Treasurer/Collector is responsible for the receipt, investment and disbursement of all Town funds, billing and collection of all taxes, and issuance of municipal lien certificates.
Treasurer's office receives all monies which come into the town, pay all bills, including payroll; is responsible for the administration of the employee's health and life insurance programs; works with the Assessor and Accountant's department to ensure the smooth and efficient operation of the Town finances.
In addition, the Treasurer is responsible for investing the Town's funds in accordance with guidelines imposed by Ch.44, Sec. 55, Massachusetts General Laws.
The Treasurer does all the short and long-term borrowing which the Town Meeting has authorized, with approval of the Board of Selectmen.
The Treasurer also manages the Town's property which is in Tax Title or Foreclosure. Delinquent property is turned over to the Treasurer annually, when the Collector does a tax taking; i.e., puts a lien on the property.