Winter is here and hopefully you have tackled all of the items on your winter checklist. The leaves are raked, the snow blower is full of gas, and you finally got the air conditioners out of the windows. Did you know this is an important time to review your Assessing checklist?
The 3rd Quarter real estate bills have been issued. This is the first “actual” bill and includes the official FY2020 Assessment and the FY2020 Tax Rate of $13.61 per thousand. Check this bill for any Betterments, Liens, or Fines- and any Exemptions that have been received and approved by our office. The 3rd Quarter bill is also important because this is your opportunity to appeal your property value if you feel that your property value has been assessed too high. This process is done through an abatement application. Be prepared to state a case as to why you feel the property is assessed too high. Please contact the office if you have any questions regarding this process. Please note that debt exclusion costs for the Kennedy Middle School and the West Natick Fire Station are included in the Fiscal Year 2020 bills.
As a reminder, one of our biggest priorities continues to be to assist people with our Property Tax Exemption program. Exemptions help lower the real estate tax burden for qualified home owners and assist disabled veterans, blind individuals, and seniors with low income and/or assets. Please check out the “Tax Assistance and Deferral Programs” link on the left side of the screen. In addition, you can use the contact info below to call us or email anytime with questions. Remember, the deadline for filing for an exemption is April 1st, 2020, you still have time!
Are you 65 or older and having trouble paying your real estate bill? If so, there is a way to defer your taxes and remain in your home. The property tax deferral program should be considered as an option when a taxpayer's current expenses make the continued ownership of his/her home difficult. For further details, please review this pamphlet and additional details on our site. Also there is a great article that was published in the Boston Globe regarding property tax deferrals titled "If you're over 65, here's one of the best-kept secrets in Mass" that can be found here.
Excise bills are coming out in February based on the RMV’s records as of January 1st. This bill covers January through December of 2020. Once a bill is issued, it needs to be paid or abated. If you have sold, traded, gifted, junked, or donated a vehicle, check our site for details or contact us on potential abatements. Generally, to abate a bill, we need to have documentation on two things; what happened to the vehicle (sold, junked, traded) and what happened to the plates (cancelled, transferred).
Looking for property information, please check out our Assessment database which is integrated with our WebGIS site and has some of the most commonly requested assessor's information. To access the Assessors Database, click here.
Eric M. Henderson
Director of Assessing
The Assessors Office is responsible for assessing all property located within the Town of Natick. This includes real estate, personal property, excise on motor vehicles and boats. Property values are reviewed for accuracy each year. The values generated by the Assessors are audited and certified triennially by the Department of Revenue. Motor vehicle excise information is provided by the Registry of Motor Vehicles.
Personal Exemption Program
We also administer the Personal Exemption Program. This program is designed to aid disabled veterans, elderly and senior taxpayers, blind individuals, surviving spouses, and surviving minor children. These programs are administered in accordance with Massachusetts General Laws chapter 59 clause 5.
The Assessor's Office also manages 2 additional programs; the betterment / lien program, and supplemental tax on new construction.
The Assessors have made every effort to ensure the accuracy of the data presented. If you find any errors, please notify The Assessor's Office as soon as possible.