Kingston, Massachusetts




Board Members:

Andrew P. MacInnis, Chairman
Stephen J. Dunn2018
Donna M. Furio


FY 2018 Classification Hearing Documents 

How can my assessed value increase (decrease) when I did not do anything to the property and I am not selling the property?

The assessed value represents the estimate of market value of the property. The real estate market changes constantly. The assessment for FY 2017 represents the estimate of market value as of January 1, 2016. This estimate of market value is determined by examining sales of properties for calendar year 2015. Although there may not have been any physical changes to the property, buyers may be paying more or less for properties that they were in previous years. The assessment changes reflect the changes in the purchase prices of similar homes in the neighborhood or neighborhood which is comparable. Buyers and sellers determine the market value of properties.

Functions of the Assessing Department:
The Assessors play a vital role in the financial well-being of the town. The generation of revenue for all municipalities begins in the Assessors' office. The Assessor is the person that provides the necessary information and projections that are needed for a town to develop a budget to provide essential services. Whether elected or appointed Assessors are required to annually determine the full and fair cash value (100% fair market value) of all property, real and personal within their jurisdiction.

The Assessors are required to distribute the tax burden equitably under the current statues. It is that dedication to fairness that is the driving force in establishing the values that are used to generate the tax bill. 

Assessors do not determine or modify the total tax dollars to be collected. That is the function of the local governing body. The local authorities are dependent on accurate data and information provided by the assessor in order to create the annual budget.

Assessors are Critical to the Community:
Communities are facing tight budgets and increasing concern for the level of state aid. The role of the Assessor is to accurately and fairly assess all property values in the community. It is critical that this information is both current and accurate so that municipal leaders can shape a tax rate and budget that provides all the necessary services to it's community.

Checks & Balances:
Every 3 years, the Department of Revenue (DOR) is charged with reviewing the assessment practices of each community and determining that all properties are equitably assessed.

On an annual basis Assessors in every community must provide a sales/ratio analysis to the Bureau of Local Assessment as part of the tax rate approval process- essentially revaluing properties on an annual basis.

Some of the Duties & Services the Assessors Provide:

  • Inspections, assessment & valuation of all real and personal property within the town.
  • All motor vehicle & boat excise tax billings & abatements.
  • Review and approval of all personal exemption applications following all Massachusetts state laws on requirements & guidelines. 
  • Insure that all forestry, agricultural & recreational chapter land properties meet state requirements.
  • Update property ownership records and transfers.
  • Work with other departments to keep the town's maps updated on a yearly basis.


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