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The Board of Assessors is responsible for the full and fair valuation of all real and personal property in the Town of West Tisbury. Full and fair valuation ensures the equitable distribution of the property tax burden among all parcels in the Town. Massachusetts General Law dictates that property be assessed at full and fair valuation as of the January 1st preceding the fiscal year. The fiscal year runs from July 1st to June 30th. For example: Fiscal Year 2008 runs from July 1, 2007 to June 30, 2008. Therefore the assessing date for fiscal 2008 is January 1, 2007.
Every three years the Department of Revenue performs an audit (revaluation) of the Towns work in order to ensure that the Town is meeting its statutory requirement for full and fair value. The next audit for the Town of West Tisbury will take place in fiscal year 2012. In order to ensure that the Town is meeting its burden the assessors regularly collect and analyze data pertaining to recent real estate transactions, current costs of land acquisitions and building construction. They also perform cyclical re-inspections of every property in the Town no less than once every nine years as required by law. These inspections are done to ensure that the property data is accurate. Accurate data helps to ensure that no taxpayer pays more or less than their fair share of the burden.
The Assessors office handles the Motor Vehicle and Boat Excise tax bills as well. The motor vehicle bills originate at the State Registry of Motor Vehicles. The Registry updates the bills to reflect recent changes and then passes them on to the Town for distribution and collection. Boat excise bills are originated with information provided by The Department of Environmental Police.
The Assessors office is also responsible for processing applications for Abatement of and Exemption from the taxes listed above.
Abatement applications for real estate and personal property are due the day the Actual tax bills are due. In most years these dates will be February 1st for real estate and May 1st for personal property. State law mandates that Applications must be delivered to the Assessors office or post marked and addressed to the proper address of the Assessors, on or before that date. Do not mail your application with your tax bill. If you have any questions regarding filling out or filing your application please call or come in to the office for assistance.
Massachusetts General Laws allows certain taxpayers exemptions from all or a portion of their property tax bills. Exemptions are available for disabled veterans, the elderly, the blind, widows and widowers, and minor children of deceased parents. These exemptions are allowed to those who qualify under State law. Please contact the Assessors office for more information if you feel you may qualify for an exemption.
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