COVID-19 Update (12/7/2020)
Until further notice, the Assessor’s office will be handling requests by either email at firstname.lastname@example.org , phone at 978-433-0322, fax at 978-433-0338, or by dropping off correspondence in the drop box by the door at the lower level parking lot. If you leave information in the drop box, please indicate that it is for the Assessor’s Office. You can also make an appointment by calling the office. Appointments will be held in Conference Room A. Masks are required.
Real Estate and Personal Property Abatement applications will start being accepted on January 4th 2021 and are due by February 1st 2021. To print an application, click here. Completed applications can be emailed at email@example.com or by dropping them off in the drop box by the door at the lower level parking lot. If you leave information in the drop box, please indicate that it is for the Assessor’s Office. If you need to speak with someone about your assessment, you MUST set up an appointment by calling 978-433-0322.
Tax Rate for Fiscal 2021 Set
The Massachusetts Department of Revenue has approved the Fiscal 2021 Pepperell Tax Rate at $17.92 per thousand. This is a $0.94 increase from Fiscal 2020. This new tax rate and the new property value will be shown on your 3rd Quarter tax bill which will be mailed by January 1, 2021.
Residents can review their Fiscal 2021 values on the reports available at the Assessor's Counter at Town Hall. You can also access the report from here.
Please check out this link to a page where you can enter your property value and it will calculate your taxes and give you a breakdown of how your tax dollars are spent.
For excise abatements or questions, please see the Motor Vehicle Excise link on the left. Documentation for abatements can be given to us by any of the above mentioned methods.
Please remember to include a phone number on all correspondence for us to get back to you if we have any questions.
All forms/applications from this office can be accessed by using the Forms & Information link on the left. Requests for an abutters’ list must be accompanied by a check for the total amount.
Sales Inspections and New Construction Inspections are on-going. All other inspections are by appointment only and by owner request.
As a reminder, all property information is available online at the Patriot Properties Website. This information is current as of 1/1/2020
Please feel free to call the office if you have any questions or if we can help in anyway.
The Assessor's office is open during regularly scheduled Town Hall hours. Occasionally the assessor may be out of the office due to sales or cyclical inspections. Feel free to call before you come in to make sure someone is available to help you, 978-433-0322.
The Department of Revenue requires the Assessor's to inspect all properties every 10 years. Each year a section of the town is inspected in order to complete the whole process in 10 years.
Letters are being mailed out based on the last inspection date in order of the earliest last inspection date. The next group of letters will be sent periodically throughout the year based on office work load.
Please remember that residents can call at any time to set up an inspection, whether or not they have received a letter, if they feel that their property assessments are incorrect.
If you have any questions concerning this process or feel that our inspection information is incorrect, please contact the Assessor's Office at 978-433-0322
The Assessors' Office conducts inspections on properties being sold in order to update the town's assessment data. Having accurate data leads to fair and equitable property assessments.
When a homeowner calls the Fire Department to set up a carbon monoxide/smoke detector inspection they are informed by the Fire Department that the Assessor may accompany them on their inspection. The Board of Assessor's has also asked all local RE offices to tell their clients that the Assessor may want to inspection their home. Please note that the Assessor is required by the MA Department of Revenue to inspect properties. The homeowner is NOT required to allow the Assessor to inspection. However, rights to appeal the assessment are contingent on property inspection.
QuestionsThe Assessor’s Department is available to answer any questions Monday from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.,Tuesday through Thursday 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Friday 8:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The office can be contacted at 978-433-0322 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Many of our forms and tax information is available on-line. Please use the links on the left to find the information you are looking for.
Motor Vehicle Excise Valuation
The Registry of Motor Vehicles sets the value of registered vehicles based on the MSRP (Manufactured Suggested Retail Price) of the vehicle and the following schedule:
- Year preceding designated year of manufacture 50%
- In the year of manufacture 90%
- In the second year 60%
- In the third year 40%
- In the fourth year 25%
- In the fifth and succeeding years 10%
No excise bill may be less than $5.
Motor Vehicle Excise Abatement
In order to receive an abatement on your Motor Vehicle Excise Tax, certain paperwork is required by the Assessor's Office before the abatement can be processed. The paperwork needed depends on what you did with your vehicle. Abatement requests do not have to be made in person. It takes six to eight weeks to get a check back for your abatement. Abatements from one car cannot automatically be transferred to another bill. The check for the abatement amount will be directly mailed to you.
No fees / interest can be abated. The abatement is based on the excise tax alone. You are still responsible for any fees and interest.
No abatement may be granted and no refund may be paid in an amount less than $5.
The Board of Assessors typically meets monthly, but on an as needed basis with meeting dates to be announced and posted on the notices page, and on the bulletin board in Town Hall. Meetings are held in Assessor's Office in Town Hall unless otherwise posted.