Notice to taxpayers of Proposed FY2021 Assessments

PUBLIC DISCLOSURE PERIODNovember 18, 2020 through November 24, 2020 

 The Board of Assessors has completed a comprehensive revaluation of all properties and preliminary certification from the Massachusetts Department of Revenue has been received.  The proposed Fiscal Year 2021 assessments are based on the status of properties as of a January 1, 2020 assessment date.  Values are reflective of market conditions, as of the assessment date, and have been established through analysis of market sales occurring between January 1, 2018 and December 31, 2019.  The residential, commercial, industrial and personal property classes have all seen changes in valuation as a result of the analysis.

 The proposed assessments are available for review at the Assessors’ Office and via the following links: FY21 Proposed Real Property Assessments and FY21 Proposed Personal Property Assessments during the public disclosure period which runs from November 18, 2020 through November 24, 2020.  Contact the Assessors’ Office during this time frame to ask questions, review, discuss or request changes in proposed values at 978-281-9715 during normal business hours.

Department Responsibilities

The assessors are responsible for valuing all real and personal property within the City of Gloucester for tax purposes. Our assessments will differ from an independent appraiser due to the mass appraisal methods required under Massachusetts General Law Chapter 59 and the time frame of which the assessments reflect. 

We are also responsible for administering motor vehicle and boat excise tax, however, the assessors do not determine value for these excise tax bills. The values are set strictly by the State. Abatements for real and personal property as well as motor vehicle and boat excise are the responsibility of the assessors.