The Department of Revenue certified the new Fiscal Year 2015 values and tax rate on October 10, 2014. The first half bills will be dated November 12, 2014 and due on December 12, 2014. The second half bills will be mailed on April 1, 2015 and due on May 1, 2015.
FY 2015 Tax Rates:
Residential - $17.54 Commercial - $31.67
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If you have any issues viewing or using the database please contact our office.
Note: Property owners who find a discrepancy in the property data or who feel that the assessed value of your property should receive further review should contact the Chicopee Board of Assessors in City Hall or call (413) 594-1430.
Questions about tax payments should be directed to the Tax Collector at (413) 594-1480.
The Assessors' Office provides two public access computers which display real estate data. This includes basic building information, building sketch, land area and total assessed value. The property record card may also be printed.
Overview of the Board of Assessors:
The Chicopee Board of Assessors play a major role in promoting the effective financial management of Chicopee. They are responsible for the valuation of business personal property and approximately 18,800 parcels of real property in accordance with Massachusetts General Laws and regulations of the Department of Revenue.
The City's property values must be reviewed and accepted by the DOR annually. By keeping values at market standard, the Assessors assist in maximizing the resources available to fund municipal services.
The Chicopee Board of Assessors is composed of three Assessors who are elected by the Voters. The terms of office are staggered to provide for the election/re-election of two Assessors every two years.
What the Assessors Do Not Do:
The Assessors do not make the laws that affect property owners. Tax laws are enacted by the Massachusetts Legislature. The Department of Revenue establishes the various guidelines and regulations to implement that legislation.
The Assessors do not control property values. The rise and fall of the real estate market determines property values. The Assessors have the legal responsibility to discover and reflect the changes that are occurring in the marketplace.
The Assessors do not determine taxes. The actual amount you pay in taxes is determined by the budget needs of the City. The City Council adopts a budget that reflects the funds to be raised through the levy and additional funds from other sources such as state and local receipts. A tax rate is adopted that will generate the dollars needed to satisfy the budget.
The Assessors do not decide who is entitled to tax relief through the exemption process. They follow the state laws governing these exemptions.
Assessors Essential Responsibilities
- Assessors are responsible for planning and budgeting and must see that all applicable laws and regulations are complied with, that policies are adhered to, that work is completed on time, and that resources are used wisely. They also have appraisal duties.
- Assessors must deal with several publics: One is the government officials on whom assessors depend for legislation, budget appropriations, sales data, building-permit data, land-use control data, deeds, etc. The banking, business and real estate communities constitute another public. Finally there is the general public, especially property owners and taxpayers.
- The Assessors must also be public relations experts to develop printed information, contact the media, appear before groups, train staff, assist the public recover information, maintain accurate, presentable, and easily accessible records.
- The Assessor implements a revaluation of real and personal property every three years in accordance with the mass appraisal standards of the Department of Revenue. This work involves classifying property and calculating annual tax rates with supporting documentation. Relevant information and specialized reports must be presented to the Department of Revenue for certification.
Assessors Essential Duties
- Provide a variety of reports to the Department of Revenue (DOR) annually.
- Conduct a Classification Hearing before the City Council.
- Commit the yearly assessments to the Collector for tax billing.
- Responsible for the motor vehicle excise tax bills originated by the State Registry of Motor Vehicles.
- The Assessors update the bills to reflect changes and then pass them on to the Collector for distribution.
- Maintain records regarding all structures and properties by making an inventory of the quantity, quality, and important characteristics of all taxable property. An on-site inspection is almost always necessary to complete an inventory.
- Collect and analyze income and operating expense data for commercial/industrial properties.
- Maintain and update the assessment maps (cadastral maps) and property records.
- Analyze the real estate market conditions and events to determine trends and changes in the market.
- Review legislation affecting the taxable status of properties in the jurisdiction (to determine whether it may be exempt under certain provisions).
- Administration and supervision of daily operations of the Assessor's Office.
- Prepare and oversee the Assessing budget.
- Review and act upon all abatement applications.
- Review and act upon all exemption applications for qualifying elderly, widowed, blind, or disables veterans' citizens.
- Review all applications for accuracy and compliance regarding tax incentives for land used for recreational, forestry, or agricultural purposes.
- Review all parcels involved in a Tax Increment Financing (TIF) Agreement. Maintain accurate records and calculate applicable tax credits.