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To determine fair market value, actual sales are used. The sales considered are those which occurred 12 months prior to the January 1 assessment date and 6 months after the January 1 date, trended back to January 1.
All arms-length sales are considered bearing in mind that all buyers and sellers are not knowledgeable and that the market is imperfect in that regard. For this reason, one individual sale is not used to determine "market value." In reviewing and researching 18 months of sales, the assessor is able to estimate the approximate price a willing buyer might pay for a property on January 1.
To be eligible, the owner must occupy the property as their principal residence on January 1 preceding the fiscal year for which they are applying. A fiscal year runs from July 1st to the following June 30th. For more information contact the contact the Assessor's office at 617-730-2060 or visit the Residential Exemptions page.
1st Quarter - July 1st 2nd Quarter - October 1st 3rd Quarter - January 1st 4th quarter - April 1st.
The bills are sent thirty (30) days prior to the dates they are due. The quarterly tax payments are due thirty days from the date the tax bill is issued on the following dates:
August 1st November 1st February 1st May 1st
NOTE: If the 1st of the month falls on a weekend or Federal Holiday, taxes and abatement applications are due the first business day immediately following the 1st.
Personal PropertyPersonal property is generally those items not permanently affixed to real estate. Personal property is movable and can be removed without serious damage either to the real estate or to the item being removed. The 3 categories of taxable personal properties are:
Business and professional furnishings Household furnishings, in property other than the principal residence Personal property of public utilities
Meetings are open to the public. Please email the commission for more information.
The signs cost $5 a piece. Each meter space that's occupied will cost an additional $10 per day. For further information, contact Michelle McComiskey at 617-730-2177.
This application must include:
Payment of the $25 permit fee per vehicle by cash or check made out to the "Town of Brookline" A valid Massachusetts drivers license bearing a Brookline address A valid Massachusetts vehicle registration indicating that the vehicle is garaged in Brookline (Note: owners of leased vehicles must provide a copy of a signed lease)
The Town of Brookline has also adopted a set of flat rate fares for destinations located outside of Brookline. click here">View a copy of the Taxicab fixed rate fare handbook or contact the DPW - Transportation at 617-730-2177.
If a cab driver says he does not have a receipt, you should take down the cab number, the date and the time and report it to the Brookline Police Department Hackney Officer at 617-730-2230. Passenger complaints can also be reported using the taxi cab comment card that must be available in each cab.
To be eligible, you must be a Brookline resident over 60 years old with an annual income of up to $40,800 for individuals or $46,650 for couples. You may buy up to 5 coupon books a month, with 1 month's supply of booklets refundable for up to 6 months after purchase.
These coupons are the equivalent of cash, and no Brookline licensed cab can refuse to take a coupon. Do not tell the driver you have coupons; simply pay him at the end of the ride. For a BETS application, call the Council on Aging at 617-730-2777 or visit the Senior Center for additional information.
Our recycling, which is handled by Casella Resource Solutions, is sent to their materials recovery facility which is located in Peabody, MA.
Please Note: Hazard Waste days in Brookline will be Tuesdays (No Thursday hours) From May thru October 2016. Hours are 0730 AM to 1230 PM at 815 Newton Street.
Thermostats, thermometers may be dropped off at:Public Health Center
11 Pierce St.2nd floorBrookline, MA 02445Monday - Thursday8 a.m. - 5 p.m.Friday8 a.m. - 12:30 p.m
Please note that alkaline batteries can be thrown into the trash. They are no longer listed as a hazardous material by the Environmental Protection Agency. Most of your standard household batteries fall into this category. However, rechargeable, Nickel-Cadnium (Ni-Cd) Batteries, Lithium-Ion (Li-ion) Batteries, Silver Oxide Batteries, car batteries, and other larger types of batteries are considered hazardous and should be handled appropriately. Recycle these batteries at the Municipal Service Center at 870 Hammond St. or the Town Hall 4th floor DPW Office front desk. Follow the instructions on the box before placing them in the box.
CFL "light bulb" drop off containers for small bulbs and no larger than 4-foot tubes are located at:
Public Health Center11 Pierce St.2nd floorBrookline, MA 02445Monday - Thursday8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Friday8 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.Municipal Service Center870 Hammond St.Brookline, MA 02445Monday - Friday7 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Any bulb over 4 feet in length must be dropped off during hazardous waste day so please hold onto until next season. Small bulbs must be in sealed plastic bags and placed in the container gently. Please read the instructions on the top of the container before using. This is a free service for Brookline residents only; no business or commercial CFLs will be accepted!
Used needles/sharps can be taken to the Brookline Public Health Center. Note: Needles must be in a concealed container to prevent any loose needles from being handled. Please use old coffee containers, gallon jugs, or any other item that will safely conceal loose needles.
Public Health Center11 Pierce St.2nd floorBrookline, MA 02445Monday - Thursday8 a.m. - 5 p.m.Friday8 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Perscription and over the counter medicines:
Any prescription or over the counter medication can be taken to the Brookline Police station kiosk at:
Brookline Police Department350 Washington St.Brookline, MA 02445
This is available to all residents 7 days per week for dropping off used clothing, shoes and cloth material. Please put all material into the chutes in front of the trailer. Do not leave trash in this area! We need your help to make this a successful program so please all clothing goes into the trailer, no trash or non-recyclable items outside the trailer.
Location: 815 Newton Street, directly across from the entrance of Skyline Park in South Brookline. Again, please make sure all clothing goes into the trailer, no trash or non-recyclable items are allowed outside the trailer.
Many residents come to dispose latex/acrylic paint. We do not dispose of latex/acrylic paint at hazardous waste drop-off days. Here is the proper method to disposing of latex/acrylic and any other water based paints:
1. Add equal parts kitty litter to the paint in the can (one part paint to one part kitty litter). If you have more than a half a can, you can also pour the paint into a lined cardboard box, then pour in kitty litter.2. Stir the kitty litter into the paint until it has an oatmeal-like consistency that will not spill out.3. Allow the paint and kitty litter mixture to sit for a few days.Once dry, place the dried paint (in the can with the lid off) next to your waste carts on your collection day. The lid must be off!
NOTE: NO LATEX PAINT
If you are a Brookline resident and subscribe to town trash/recycling service, you are able to call ahead to arrange a special pickup for certain items. These include computers, tv’s, and metal. Items such as couches, bureaus, mattresses, or other bulky items can be placed next to your regular trash. If you are not a subscriber, you must contact your landlord to figure out how to dispose of these items.
Recycling decals/ Yard waste stickers:
If you are an avid recycler, feel free to pick up “We Recycle Brookline” stickers located in Town Hall, 4th floor DPW Office front desk or the Municipal Service Center located at 870 Hammond St. Yard waste stickers are also available at both locations.
Do you have hazardous products between November and April?If you are moving out of Brookline or if you have any questions on how to dispose of hazardous material, contact Ed Gilbert by calling (617)-879-4908 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
For yard waste, biodegradable paper yard waste bags are available for purchase at the Home Depot or at your local hardware store. Prices and availability may vary.
You don’t necessarily have to put yard waste in the special biodegradable bags. You can put them in barrels clearly marked “Yard Waste” and leave them out on the same day that your trash is collected during the weeks that yard waste is collected. Yard waste stickers are available at the Town Hall 4th floor or the Municipal Service Center at 870 Hammond St.No plastic bags are acceptable. The paper bags are used because they are more cost efficient to pick up and are known to be biodegradable, thus saving the town (and the taxpayer) money in collection costs. Please call the Sanitation Department at 617-730-2156 if you have questions.