Boston City SealBoston Massachusetts is irregularly shaped with towns bordering it to the northwest by Needham, Newton, Brookline, Watertown, Cambridge, Somerville, Chelsea, to the northeast and east by Revere, Winthrop and Boston Harbor, to the southeast and south by Quincy and Milton, and to the southwest by Dedham. Boston is the capital of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. It is the largest city in Massachusetts and New England. Boston is the county seat of Suffolk County. However, county government was abolished in the late 1990s and Suffolk remains only as a geographic area, with the exception of a few services and the Registry of Deeds. Boston has a total area of 89.6 square miles, 48.4 square miles of which is land with the remaining 41.2 square miles of water. It had an estimated population of 636,000 in 2012.

Understanding Tax and Town Hall Information

Each State, and often town have variations in how t hey handle taxes, records and town/county functions.    
Tax Information – Massachusetts General Laws require towns and cities to assess all property at its full and fair cash value as of January 1 of each year (, Chapter 59, Section 38). The assessed value for the Fiscal Year 2013 tax bill represents the fair cash value of property as of January 1, 2012. Full and fair cash value is defined as the price an owner willing, but not under compulsion, to sell ought to receive from a buyer willing, but not under  compulsion, to purchase. Massachusetts statutes further requires that all cities and towns complete a revaluation and undergo certification by the Department of Revenue every three years.
Town Hall Information – Boston does not provide property cards online, but they do have “assessing online,” which provides “current value and tax status” that “access and draw upon Boston property parcel data.” Basically this information is consistent with what one might expect on a property field card, with less detail and no sketch or photo. Property records are recorded and kept with the Registry of Deeds Division on a county wide basis. Boston does not identify a tax collector but instead uses a Collector Treasurer, who’s function is similar to what would be classified in other areas as a tax collector.

Boston and Suffolk County

Boston Tax Information

Current Grand List Year2013
Fiscal Year2014
Mill Rate Residential12.58
Mill Rate Commercial, Industrial31.18
Mill Rate Personal Property31.18
Last Revaluation2013
Next Revaluation2016

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