|The core responsibility of the Assessing Department is the yearly revaluation of all real and personal property located within Norfolk. Assessors are required by Massachusetts state law to assess all property at its full and fair market value as of January 1 of each year. The department is responsible for the maintenance of all property tax data records and maintains accurate parcel ownership data based upon recorded property transactions at the Norfolk County Registry of Deeds. ~There are approximately 4,100 parcels of real estate, including residential, agricultural, commercial and industrial in Norfolk. Collaborating with other town departments, assessment records are reviewed annually to reflect new construction, fire damage, demolition or rehabilitation.~
In addition, there are just over 180 personal property accounts which are reviewed with the business owners via the Form of List (aka State Tax Form 2) required by State Law to be filed annually by March 1. All taxable personal property owned, held, or leased should be listed. (M.G.L. Chapter 59,~ Section 29)
Assessors also have the responsibility of issuing motor vehicle excise tax bills, with the information supplied by the State Registry of Motor Vehicles. As a vehicle owner, it is to your benefit to ensure your address information is correct and that you process transfer and plate cancellations in a timely manner. If you sell, trade or junk a vehicle, be sure to complete an abatement application. You can find
that form on the Motor Vehicle Abatement link above.
Also, assessors must review and process personal exemptions which are a type of tax credit for qualified taxpayers, and qualify the applications of charitable organizations and agricultural/forest/recreational properties. Click on the links above to go to the pages on our web site dedicated to these exemptions.
The Assessing Department staff both via our website and at our office offer taxpayer services, including:
·~~~~~~~~ Information - including explanations of tax bills, abatements and exemptions programs, change of mailing address forms, exemption information and applications, and motor vehicle excise tax, and general informational publications;
·~~~~~~~~ Assistance including accepting and help completing exemption applications, abating excise taxes, and parcel information; preparation of abutters lists.
·~~~~~~~~ Problem solving - referral to "expert" assistance in either Assessing or Collector/Treasurer office, for the resolution of CURRENT fiscal year tax bill payments, and personal and real estate abatement processing.