Check out the FY 2019 Property Database.
FY2019 Proposed Values Public Notice
The Board of Assessors has completed a town-wide revaluation of all real and personal property for FY2019 pending certification by the Massachusetts Department of Revenue. Proposed FY2019 values, which generally increased over FY2018 assessments, anywhere from 5% to 25%, will be available on the Assessor’s page of the Town’s web-site starting Monday October 29th and in hard copy at the Assessor’s Office, Room 215 at Town Hall, the Main Library and the Putterham Library. Assessors will be available at Town Hall to meet with you to review your proposed assessment. Any changes in pre-certified values must be made by November 9th, including time for assessor review.
Anyone wishing to discuss the proposed value with an assessor should call the Assessor’s Office at 617-730-2060, Monday-Thursday 8:00-5:00, Friday 8:00-12:30. Additional information is available on the Assessor’s Web-page including, exemption forms, income & expense statements and abatement applications. Tax bills based on the new values will be issued prior to January 1, 2019 and will be due and payable by February 1, 2019. Abatement applications can be filed once the tax-bill is issued and no later than February 1, 2019. Homeowner exemptions, including tax deferrals, must be filed by April 1, 2019.
The FY2019 tax rates will not be determined until after the Select Board’s Tax Classification Hearing scheduled for Tuesday November 27, 2018. The FY2018 tax rates were; $9.46/1,000 for residential property and $15.72/1,000 for commercial, industrial and personal property.
The valuation date for FY2019 is January 1, 2018, as required by law. Changes in market conditions or physical changes in property subsequent to January 1, 2018 will not be reflected in the proposed FY2019 valuations.
The assessors relied upon arms-length sales from a twenty-four month period of July 2016 through June 2018 to determine FY2019 assessments. Sale prices during that period were adjusted to reflect market conditions as of January 1, 2018. For single-family, two-family and three-family properties and residential condominiums, the assessors developed a mass-appraisal market model that uses a multiple regression formula to apply both additive and multiplicative factors that capture market relationships between property characteristics. For investment property, including apartments and commercial buildings, the assessors relied on an income capitalization model using market rental rates and discount rates from 2017. The desired result is that similar properties in similar locations have comparable valuations based on market prices as of January 1, 2018. Please call the Assessor’s Office with any questions at 617-730-2060.
FY2018 Tax Classification Hearing & Tax Rate
The Select Board held the FY2018 Tax Classification Hearing on Tuesday November 28, 2017. The Board of Assessors made a presentation containing information and analysis to assist the members of the Select Board in determining the FY2018 tax rates and residential exemption amount. You can see the department's tax classification presentation (PDF) and additional hearing materials (PDF).
The Department of Revenue approved the following tax rates for FY2018:
FY2018 Tax Rates & Residential Exemption
Residential Tax Rate: $9.46/ $1,000
Commercial Tax Rate: $15.72/ $1,000
Residential Exemption Amount: $246,775
Residential Exemption Tax Amount: $2,334.49
Questions regarding the FY2018 assessments, tax rates, or residential exemption, should be directed to the Assessors. Taxpayers interested in other property tax exemptions should also call the Assessors office at 617-730-2060 or email us. See the following for more information on exemptions.
Applications for abatement can be filed once the actual tax bills are issued. Filing deadline is February 1, 2018. Abatement application forms and additional information request statements are in the Forms Section under property income and expense reports, including 1,2,3 family properties and residential condominiums.
The Assessors have made several fliers to help taxpayers and others understand the requirements and benefits of certain state statutory tax exemption programs. A summary of available exemptions and applications can be found in the Tax Assistance Programs section of the website.
Applications for statutory exemptions can be filed by April 1, 2019. Application forms can be downloaded from this site in the Tax Assistance Programs section or call the Assessor's Office for assistance at 617-730-2060.
Abutter's List Request Form
To request a Certified Abutter's List from the Assessors, print out and complete the attached form (PDF) and send it to Assessors by Fax (617) 739-7572, or Mail to: Assessor's Office 333 Washington St. Brookline, MA 02445 along with a $10.00 deposit. The total fee for the certified list will be determined based on the number of abutters.
About the Department
The Assessor's Office is responsible for administering the property tax and motor vehicle excise tax for the Town of Brookline. The property tax includes real estate and tangible personal property.