There shall be a Board of Assessors consisting of three members, one member of which shall be the Chairman.
Authorities and Responsibilities
The Board of Assessors is responsible for assisting the Principal Assessor with determining the full and fair market valuation of real and personal property as of January 1 each year for the purpose of levying taxes. The Board, along with the Principal Assessor, hears and decides all questions relating to the abatement of taxes levied by it. The Board has all of the other powers, duties and responsibilities that are given to Boards of Assessors by Mass General Law Part 1, Title VII, Chapter 41, Section 24.
The Board of Assessors is an advisory, regulatory and adjudicatory multiple-member body of the city.
There are fewer than five meetings each year. Almost all meetings are centered around voting on abatements, which occurs between late January and March. Meetings can be expected to last one to two hours. Prep work for meetings is done by the staff person.
Outside of meetings, Board members must occasionally come into the Assessor’s Office to sign paperwork (about once a month). The staff person for the Board of Assessors will at times call the Board members to get their opinion on certain properties.