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Assessors

Welcome to the

BOARD OF ASSESSORS 

 Room 206  

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

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John G. Whelihan
Director of Assessments

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

(413) 323-0413 

Email: assessors@Belchertown.org  

Official Assessment Responsibilities
Official Administrative Responsibilities
Public Information Policies and Fee Information

Frequently Asked Questions


***View or Print Motor Vehicle Excise Abatement Form***

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 FY2014 tax rate = $17.72

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, andproperty 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:

  • Deeds are available for the public to purchase, but are also available at the Registry of Deeds in Northampton, MA.  www.masslandrecords.com (Hampshire County)
  • Plans and surveys are available in the Belchertown Planning Board Office or Registry of Deeds in Northampton, MA.

Copies:

  • $1.00 per property record card
  • $1.00 per page for deeds
  • $1.00 per reduced size of tax map (11x17)

Online Maps:                      

   www.mapsonline.net/belchertownma/

Fax:

  • The Assessors Office does not fax any documents

Mail:

A pre-paid written request and self-addressed stamped envelope must be received by the assessors office before mailing copies of any documents. 

Fees are as follows:

  • $1.00 per each item

Abutter's List: 

There is a $25.00 fee for a certified abutter's list for a specified parcel.  The Assessors have up to ten days to respond to a written request.

 

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Board of Assessors 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

Month of March:

  • Personal exemptions are due 90 days from the mailing of the 3rd quarter actual tax bill.

July 1st (Beginning of the Fiscal Year):

  • Chapter 61, contact forester deadline - new/renewal certificates
  • Filing of personal exemptions begins

Prior to October 1st:

  • Chapter 61 forestry certificates - New/ renewal due in Assessors Office

October 1st:

  • Chapter 61A Agricultural/Horticultural applications due
  • Chapter 61B Recreation applications due

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All requests for forms and inquiries should be addressed to the Assessors' Office: 

Phone (413) 323-0413;  Fax  (413) 323-5717
Mail:  Assessors' Office, 2 Jabish Street, PO Box 515, Belchertown, MA 01007-0515.
Email: assessors@Belchertown.org  


 
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