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Winter Checklist!

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 FY2019 Assessment and the FY2019 Tax Rate of $12.71 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; comparable sales or properties in your neighborhood or an issue with the condition of your property that we may not be aware of.  Please contact the office if you have any questions regarding this process.  Please note that recently approved projects for the Kennedy Middle School and the Fire Station are not included in the Fiscal Year 2019 bills.

Forgot to file your Exemption paperwork or interested if you may qualify for an exemption?  Well, you still have time!  The exemption deadline is April 1st, 2019.  Exemptions are available for Senior Citizens, Surviving Spouses, Legally Blind, and Disabled Veterans.  If you have questions, we have answers!  Please contact our office to see if we can help.

Excise bills are coming out in February based on the RMV’s records as of January 1st.  This bill covers January through December of 2019.  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).

Finally, we have received positive feedback from the changes to our Assessment database.  Now integrated with our WebGIS site, we are excited to provide all our information in one place.  The site provides the most commonly requested assessor's information such as assessed values, ownership information, land information, and legal deed references.  Our ownership information is updated on a regular basis throughout the year as deeds are received.  For those in need of further information, such as appraisers and homeowners, the official Property Record Card is also now online.  The same card you can get in our office you can now get at home!  To access the Assessors Database, click here.  

Questions or concerns?  Please visit our Frequently Asked Questions by clicking FAQs or please feel free to contact the Assessor's Office at 508-647-6420 or email at Assessors@natickma.org.

Thank you!
Eric M. Henderson
Director of Assessing

Responsibilities
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.

Additional Programs
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.