The primary responsibility of the Greenfield Assessing Department is to value and record all real and personal property within the community. According to Massachusetts Law, every three years the assessments of all properties must be reviewed and certified for fair market value, equitability and uniformity by the Department of Revenue. Assessors must also maintain the values in years between certification. This includes the annual updating of records for properties that are subject to new construction or demolition. This is done to assure that property owners pay their fair share of the cost of local government in proportion to the amount of money the property is worth.
In addition the Assessors office is partially responsible for the motor vehicle excise tax bills originated by the State Registry of Motor Vehicles. They make corrections to reflect recent changes and then pass them on to the municipal Tax Collector for distribution. Assessors grant abatements and answer any questions regarding excise tax bills.
Inform the public about their assessments and related concerns of the office. Defends real and personal property assessments. Address abatement applications and appeals. Updates property ownership and characteristics. Maintain maps of parcel boundaries. Determine exemption eligibility and processes statutory exemptions and other forms of tax relief such as chapter land for agricultural/horticultural, recreational and forest land use. Assess Farm animals and machinery for tax purposes. Process information supplied by the State Department of Fisheries and Wildlife and issue Boat Excise Tax. Analyze market trends and economic rents to estimate the value of all assessable property.