Board of Assessors
The Role of the Board of Assessors Office
The Assessors Office consists of a Board of three elected officials serving staggered three-year terms, an appointed office Clerk, and cyclical assistance from their valuation consultants. All Assessor staff must complete and pass Course 101, Assessment Administration: Law, Procedures and Valuation; the training program required by the Division of Local Services, within two years of election or appointment. The Board meets the first Monday of the Month at 6:30 p.m. in the Assessor’s Office.
The Assessor’s primary responsibility is to list, classify and value all real and personal property within the community at 100% of its full and fair cash value, or “fair market value”, and to ensure that property taxes are fairly apportioned ad valorem; according to value. The Board administers motor vehicle excise tax, maintains an updated property database and annually updates their tax maps. The Assessors also assist in annually setting the tax rate and submitting for its approval. In addition, Assessors address taxpayer concerns, determine property and excise tax abatement/exemption eligibility and address appeals.
It is important to note that while The Board of Assessors in each city and town in the Commonwealth is required by Massachusetts law to list and value all real and personal property, the Assessors do not control the laws that affect property taxes. Tax laws are enacted by the Massachusetts Legislature. Various guidelines and regulations are established by the Department of Revenue to assist the Board in carrying out their duties and the Assessors must follow these procedures in accordance with the laws
Staff / Members
- Anthony Ostroski - Term Ends 2024
- Jacqueline Cashin, - Term ends 2025
- Karen Rau - Chair- Term ends 2026
- Carlene Hayden - Assessors' Clerk
- Phone: 413-339-8586, x2
- Email: email@example.com
- FAX: 413-339-0320
- Mailing address: PO box 337 Charlemont MA 01339
- Property assessment.
- Abutters list.
- Abatement and exemption applications.
- Residential: $20.63
- Commercial, Industrial: $20.63
- Personal Property: $20.63
Monday: 8:30 A.M.-12:30 P.M.Tuesday-Thursday: 8:30 A.M-4:00 P.M.
1st Monday of the month at 6:30 in the Assessor's office
Webpro property card and assessment information:
Motor Vehicle Excise Tax
Personal Exemption from Real Estate Taxes
Applications for personal exemption from real estate taxes are mailed out in November each year to those who applied for or received an exemption last year. Applications are available in the Assessors Office or by calling 413-339-8586 x2 to request one. Please note that the Assessors have voted the local option to increase the allowable income & asset limits as well as decreasing the age requirement from 70 to 65 for the senior exemption. Please click the link below to view or download an application.
(brochures are available for download below):
- Affidavit of Intent to Continue use in CH 61,A,B
- Chapter 61 Application
- Chapter 61A Application
- Chapter 61B Application
Annual applications for Chapter 61A & 61B must be postmarked or hand delivered by October 1 each year. Chapter 61applications are due postmarked or hand delivered by October 1 of the year before the Fiscal Year in which classification or recertification is to begin. Applications are available in the Assessors Office or here on the town website. Or if you wish to be emailed your Chapter 61, 61A or B application annually, fill out the Chapter Application Email Authorization form and return to our office.
- Property Owner’s Acknowledgement of Rights and Obligations under Classified Forest Land Program
- Property Owner’s Acknowledgement of Rights and Obligations under Classified Agricultural or Horticultural Land Program
- Property Owner’s Acknowledgement of Rights and Obligations under Classified Recreational Land Program
Commonly Requested Forms for the Board of Assessors
- Forms of List:
- Motor Vehicle Abate Application [117KB]
- Real/Personal Property Abate Application [85KB]
- Applications for Chapter 61 [22KB], Chapter 61A [28KB], or Chapter 61B [26KB] status (forest, recreational or farm land)
- Farm Plate Excise Exemption Application [50KB]
The following tax maps have been made available by the Board of Assessors for folks to download and print. Opening the index first allows you to narrow in on the map of interest by number - then access the corresponding numbered file.
The Board of Assessors announces access to the new online GIS tax mapping site: www.caigisonline.com/charlemontma. It’s got some great features! Check out Charlemont in this new interactive way! The tool does rely on Microsoft Silverlight technology which must be available for the site to function properly.
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