Quarterly Tax Bills:
Since the switch to quarterly billing, the first (August 1) and second (November 1) bills are estimated based on the previous year’s tax. The tax rate is typically set in December before the third (February 1) and fourth (May 1) bills are issued. Bills are mailed twice yearly, and contain two stubs for payment of either the first and second or third and fourth quarters tax. Please remember that you must retain the second stub as you will not receive any additional notice that the quarter is due.

Due Date:
Tax bills are due in the collector’s office on the due date. Postmarks are not considered. If you are paying by mail or by electronic banking, please remember that you payment needs to be made in advance of the due date in order to allow time for it to arrive.

Mailing Address:
If you have moved, it is your responsibility to notify the tax collector. Otherwise, your bill will continue to be mailed to your old address and you may not receive it. You are responsible for payment of your tax bill and any interest & penalties even if you have never receive it as long as it was mailed to the best address on record.

If you feel that your property is incorrectly valued, you have the right to file for an abatement. Abatements are issued by the Board of Assessors (not the Tax Collector). Property owners should normally apply for an abatement after the valuations are published in December (see Assessors’ page), within 30 days after the third quarter bill is mailed. You cannot apply for an abatement based on your estimated bill, you must wait until the values are published.

Your property is valued by the Board of Assessors, not the Tax Collector. If you have questions about your valuation please contact the Assessors.

Abatement Applications:
Abatement application forms for Real Estate, Personal Property or Motor Vehicle excise are available from the Board of Assessors or can be accessed here:

motor vehicle abatement form(external link)

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Motor Vehicle Excise Tax(external link)