Treasurer/Collector

PAYMENT OF BILLS TO THE CITY:

To our taxpayers:  During the COVID-19 emergency, the office of the Treasurer/Collector is closed to the public.  If you need to pay any bills such as:  real estate, personal property, excise, or utility bills, there are several methods you can use:

1)  Mail payment to the City Lock Box:  P.O. Box 4121, Woburn, MA  01888

2)  Mail payment to the Treasurer/Collector:  212 Main Street, Northampton, MA  01060

3)  On-line at the City’s website at:  https://www.northamptonma.gov/219/TreasurerCollector

4)  Drop payment off in the Treasurer/Collector’s mail slot that is located at the Pulaski Municipal Building upper level, 212 Main Street, next to main entrance. 

We also remind taxpayers that Motor Vehicle Excise payments are due March 20, 2020.  Please use one of the four payment options available to you.  If you have any questions regarding payments please call the office:  413-587-1293 or email:  kbissell@northamptonma.gov.  We will do our best to get back in touch with you in a timely manner.  


Treasurer/Collector’s Duties

The Treasurer/Collector manages the City’s cash and is responsible for the deposit, investment and disbursement of city funds.  The Treasurer is authorized to issue debt on behalf of the city upon approval of the city council and prepares for the sale of long term bonds by working with the city’s financial advisor, bond counsel and the Mayor and Finance Director. Establishes and maintains an efficient cash management system including maintenance of the city’s cashbook and determines cash flow needs of the city by timing investments to ensure maximum yield for interest and planning when borrowing may need to occur. Is the custodian of all tax title accounts and prepares and maintains tax title deeds, prepares documents with assistance from the city tax title attorney for foreclosures.  

The Treasurer/Collector collects and enforces the collection of all committed taxes, betterments and other amounts as provided by law.  The office certifies as to the existence of municipal liens, and counts and records parking meter receipts.  The Office supervises and coordinates the enforcement and  processing of parking violations, including the duties set forth in MGL c.90 §20A ½.  

By virtue of the office, The Treasurer/Collector is also the Treasurer of the Northampton Retirement Board, serves as administrator of the Whiting Street Fund and the Trust Fund Committee.  


Real estate and personal property tax bills are mailed quarterly with due dates of:
August 1st
November 1st
February 1st
May 1st

Please inform the Assessors’ Office of new ownership or change of address to receive bills in a timely manner.

**TAX RATE FOR FY2020 IS $16.80 PER 1,000 OF YOUR ASSESSED VALUE.**

Motor Vehicle Taxes

Every motor vehicle and trailer registered in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts is subject to the motor vehicle excise unless expressly exempted.  Registering a motor vehicle automatically triggers the assessment of excise, which is calculated at a rate of $25 per $1,000 of value.  The Registry of Motor Vehicles is responsible for this valuation.  Excise Tax is assessed from the 1st day of the month in which it is registered for the balance of the calendar year and on January 1 of each year thereafter.  Vehicles registered during the year are issued a pro-rated excise tax bill for that year. 

All of the information on your motor vehicle tax bill comes from the Registry of Motor Vehicles (RMV) to the City.  The vehicle owner must contact the insurance company and the Registry to make address and any other ownership changes needed.  Failure to receive a bill does not affect the validity of the tax or penalties.  

New ownership or change of address can be updated at this link with the Registry of Motor Vehicles .

Excise bills are mailed to registered owners once a year or after a change in registration. Payments are due 30 days from the date of the issuance of the bill. After 30 days, a demand notice will be mailed adding a $25 demand fee plus accrued interest.  If an excise bill remains unpaid for 14 days after the issuance of the demand, a warrant may be issued to a Deputy Collector, which will add collection fees and could end with a mark at the Registry of Motor Vehicles.  This mark at the RMV will prevent the registered owner from renewing a driver’s license or registering another vehicle.  

Deputy Collector

If your bill is given to the Deputy Collector for collection, you may call the the Collector’s Office at 413-587-1293 or the Deputy Collector’s Office, AP Jones Inc, at 413-527-2388 to obtain outstanding amounts due. You may pay this amount at the Tax Collector’s Office with either a money order or bank check ( no cash is accepted) if the bill is marked at the Registry.  Payment can be made directly to the Deputy Collector, located at 98 Cottage Street, Easthampton, Ma., in person or online at www.apjones.com .  

See the Motor Vehicle Excise Tax page for information on abatements. Excise Bills FAQ (PDF)

Water & Sewer (Utility) Bills

Water and Sewer bills will be mailed out quarterly.

Please inform the Department of Public Works: Water Division of change of home ownership or address in order to insure proper, timely receipt of your water and sewer bills.

Fiscal Year Note

The fiscal year begins on July 1 and ends on June 30th.