Assessors

 

Welcome to the


BOARD OF ASSESSORS 

 Town Hall, Room 206  

OFFICE HOURS:   Monday - Friday, 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM


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John G. Whelihan
Director of Assessments 

Board of Assessors
Thomas A. Barry, Chairman
Donald L. Minney, Vice Chairman
Raymond Goff, Clerk

Mailing Address:  2 Jabish Street, P.O. Box 515, Belchertown, MA  01007

 Telephone:  (413) 323-0413 
Fax:  (413) 323-5717
Email:  assessors@belchertown.org
 


Official Assessment Responsibilities
Official Administrative Responsibilities
Public Information Policies and Fee Information
Form and Application Deadlines

View or Print Motor Vehicle Excise Abatement Form

 
 Assessment data is now on-line.  CLICK HERE.

FY2017 Tax Rate - $18.20

                       
The Board of Assessors: 

Three Year (Overlapping) Terms; Three Members;
Meetings are held twice monthly as posted.



     Official Assessment Responsibilities       

Classify and determine "full and fair cash value" of all real and personal property according to Massachusetts General Law (Chapter 59).


Review and act upon all real and personal property abatement applications. 

  • Process all motor vehicle abatement requests.
  • Review and process all exemption applications for qualifying elderly, widowed, blind or disabled veteran citizens.
  • Review all applications for accuracy regarding tax incentives for land used for recreational, forestry or agricultural purposes.
  • According to Department of Revenue mass appraisal standards, implement a revaluation of the Town's real and personal property, every three years. 

 

 

Official Administrative Responsibilities 
 

  • Maintain property records concerning all structures and residencies including: building area, number of bedrooms and baths, condition and type of heating system.
  • Update the Town's Assessor Maps, which contain information such as parcel numbers, and land area.
  • After committing the yearly assessments and tax amounts to the Tax Collector for billing purposes, the Assessors must generate a copy of the tax commitment and make it available for public inspection.
  • The Assessors must maintain and store all applicable public records including: property record cards, ownership and deed information, betterment records, exemption records, real estate records, personal property and excise records, and property sales.
  • Provide relevant information such as "new growth" to the Department of Revenue, Town Accountant and Board of Selectmen, in order for the tax rate to be set timely.

 

Public Information Policies and Fee Information

  

                                    For Telephone Inquiries:                                 

 The following information may be obtained by telephone-    

  • Owner name and mailing address
  • Parcel identification number
  • Land area
  • Deed book, deed page, deed date
  • Tax rate
  • Property Valuation 

For Office Inquiries: 

  • Copies of deeds are available in the office, but are also available at the Registry of Deeds in Northampton, MA.   Or online at   www.masslandrecords.com (Hampshire County)
  • Plans and surveys are available in the Belchertown Planning Board Office or Registry of Deeds in Northampton, MA.
  • Property Record Cards
  • Tax Maps (11x17)

  We can mail or email copies upon request. 

Abutter's Lists:  

There is a $25.00 fee for a certified abutter's list for a specified parcel.  This fee must be received before the list is prepared.  The Assessors have up to ten days to respond to a written request.

Abutter's List Request Form

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 Form and Application Deadlines  

February 1st: 

  • Real and personal property applications for abatement  

March 1st: 

  • 3ABC Application Forms for Charitable Property owners.
  • Personal Property "form of list" applications 

April 1st: 

  • Personal exemption applications are due by April 1, OR 3 months after the mailing of the 3rd quarter (actual) tax bills, if later.

 July 1st (Beginning of the Fiscal Year):

 Chapter 61, contact forester deadline - new/renewal certificates

  • Filing of personal exemptions begins

 

 By October 1st:

Chapter 61 applications + forest plan certificates -
New/ renewal due in Assessors Office

 Chapter 61A Agricultural/Horticultural applications due

  • Chapter 61B Recreation applications due

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