Check out the FY 2020 Preliminary Property Database.
FY2020 Tax Classification Hearing
The Select Board of the Town of Brookline will hold a Public Hearing on Tuesday, December 3, 2019 at Town Hall, 333 Washington Street, Sixth Floor, Select Board’s Hearing Room, Brookline, MA at 7:30 p.m. in accordance with G.L.c.40, S.56 on the question of the adoption of the percentages of the local tax levy to be borne by each class of real property and personal property for the 2020 Fiscal Year.
Under the law, the Board may require commercial, industrial, and personal property owners to assume up to approximately 175% of their normal share of the levy. The Board may also consider adopting certain class exemptions, including a residential exemption.
FY2019 Assessed Values Public Notice
The Board of Assessors has completed a town-wide revaluation of all real and personal property for FY2019. The FY2019 values, which generally increased over FY2018 assessments, anywhere from 5% to 25%, are available on the Assessor’s Property Database section of this web-site and in hard copy at the Assessor’s Office, Room 215 at Town Hall.
The FY2019 tax rates have been determined based on the Select Board’s Tax Classification votes of a classification shift factor of 1.72 and a residential exemption percentage factor of 21%.
The FY2019 tax rates were approved by the Commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Revenue at; $9.37/1,000 for residential property and $15.37/1,000 for commercial, industrial and business 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 FY2019 assessed 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 assessors also considered sale prices paid for land purchased for redevelopment in determining the current value of both vacant land and improved properties. 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.
FY2019 Tax Classification Hearing
The Select Board’s FY2019 Tax Classification Hearing was held on Tuesday November 27, 2018. The Board of Assessors made a presentation containing information and analysis to assist the members of the Select Board in determining the FY2019 tax rates and residential exemption amount. You can view the department's tax classification presentation (PDF) and additional hearing materials (PDF).
The Department of Revenue approved the following tax rates for FY2019:
FY2019 Tax Rates & Residential Exemption
Residential Tax Rate: $9.37/ $1,000
Commercial Tax Rate: $15.37/ $1,000
Residential Exemption Amount: $276,758
Residential Exemption Tax Amount: $2,593.22
Applications for abatement can be filed once the actual tax bills are issued. Filing deadline will be February 1, 2019. 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, 2020. 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.