Fiscal year 2017 is a State Department of Revenue (DOR) required Revaluation or Certification year for the Somerville Board of Assessors. Taxpayers should be aware that new assessments or values will be available starting on November 9 on the City website at the Assessing homepage, by calling (617 625-6600 x3100) or visiting the Assessor’s office, and in hard copy format at the City libraries.
The release of the values starts the DOR required “public disclosure” period that will run from November 9 through November 18 at 12:30 pm. Taxpayers are encouraged to find out their new assessment, ask questions, and/or request a change.
Taxpayers will have a second opportunity to request a change by filing an overvaluation application during the regular, formal appeal period from December 30, 2016 through February 1, 2017.
A list of important dates and schedule can be noted as follows:
November 2: ad in Somerville Times and web alert announcing start of disclosure period on Nov. 9
November 5-8: postcard reminders for all property owners arrive
November 2 and forward: promotion of disclosure period to property owners via various outreach
November 9 through November 18: public disclosure of assessments
November 22: BOA classification hearing, setting of tax rate, Chief Assessor presentation
Early-Mid December: mailing of Property Tax Update newsletter providing FY 2017 assessing update
December 30: mailing of 3rd quarter actual tax bill
December 30 to February 1, 2017: formal appeal period to file overvaluation applications
Early January 2017: 2 neighborhood informational meetings if necessary
April 3, 2017: deadline for filing statutory exemption, residential exemption, and CPA exemption