Assessors

Public Disclosure Letter:  FY23 Proposed Values

On November 14, 2022, the Department of Revenue (DOR) informed the Shutesbury Assessors they have granted preliminary certification of Shutesbury’s proposed fiscal year 2023 assessments.  The recertification process must be completed every five years to keep the Town in compliance with a state requirement that all property be at full and fair cash market value.

The Board of Assessors contracted with Bishop & Associates in developing the new assessments, which are based on the calendar year 2021 sales analysis and field reviews.

The new proposed values will be available for public review for the period beginning Wednesday, November 16, 2022 through Tuesday, November 22, 2022 on the Town website, and at the Shutesbury Town Hall.

Click here to view the FY 23 Proposed Values.

Questions?  Please contact the Assessors’ Office at assessor@shutesbury.org or 413.259.3790.


The new web site can be accessed at https://www.axisgis.com/shutesburyma

ONLINE PROPERTY TAX MAPS AND GIS INFORMATION

As of April 25, 2022, the Town will no longer be using MainStreet GIS for property tax and GIS (Geographic Information System) information.  MainStreet GIS was acquired in 2021 by CAI Technologies and they have created a more powerful and up to date website for us.

Going forward, all property ownership changes will be updated on a weekly basis and any property lot line changes recorded at the Registry of Deeds will be updated on a monthly basis (not once a year as previously done).

 

FISCAL YEAR 2022 TAX RATE: $21.83/$1,000 of valuation

 

Certified by the  MA Department of Revenue on 12/13/21

 

Notice of Virtual Public Hearing - Town of Shutesbury

Tax Classification Hearing

In accordance with Chapter 369 of the Acts of 1982, the Select Board will hold a public hearing at 6:00 PM on Tuesday, November 30, 2021 and continued on December 6, 2021 on the issue of allocating the local property tax levy among the classes of residential, open space, commercial, industrial, and personal property. All interested taxpayers are invited to attend and may present oral or written information on their views.

Pursuant to Governor Baker’s March 12, 2020 Order Suspending Certain Provisions of the Open Meeting Law, G.L. c. 30A, Sec. 18, and the Governor’s March 5, 2020 Order imposing strict limitation on the number of people who can gather in one place, this meeting of the Shutesbury Select Board will be conducted via remote participation. Instructions for participating in the virtual Public Hearing will be listed on the meeting agendas for both the Select Board and Board of Assessors  posted on the Town website.

CLICK HERE TO ACCESS PRESENTATION

 

The Board of Assessors is always willing to discuss individual assessments with property owners.

Please call the Assessors’ office with any questions or concerns.

 

Useful Information and links:

Search Franklin County deeds here (select "Name Search" or Property Search" among Search Criteria at top of webpage).

Department of Revenue - Division of Local Services' videos on municipal finance topics

Motor Vehicle Excise tax information

Motor Vehicle Excise Tax Abatement Form

Information on documents needed when filing a Motor Vehicle Excise Tax Abatement Application

 

Property-tax-forms-and-guides

 

 

This reminder is for all Chapter 61 property owners that your applications are due on or before October 1st.  Recreational (61-B) and Agricultural (61-A) applicants are required to apply every year by October 1st.  If you are classified in Forestry (61) and have a Forest management plan which expires at the end of 2020, your completed application and updated forest management plan also should be received  by the Board of Assessors by October 1st.