Certification & Abatement Process
Revaluation & Establishment of Assessment:
The assessment date is January 1, 2017. State law requires that the assessed valuation established for a property should represent the fair market value as of that date. The valuation for fiscal 2018 is based on sales that occurred in calendar year 2016. Your assessment may have increased or decreased for fiscal 2018 based on a review of the market as part of the interim certification process. This could be due to changes in neighborhoods, land values, cost data, or changes to individual properties (permits, etc).
Property values and the tax rate have been approved by the Department of Revenue for FY2018. The tax rate is $11.77, a reduction of 48 cents from FY2017. The new assessments are available on line at Hingham-ma.gov or at the assessor's office.
Tax bills will be mailed at the end of December. If you believe that the market value of your property is less that the assessment as of January 1, 2017, you have the right to file for an abatement. Applications must be filed after the actual bill is sent and must be returned by February 1, 2018. Applications will be available at the assessor’s office, or they can also be obtained on-line at the Town web site (www.Hingham-ma.gov). Applications must be delivered to the assessor’s office no later than 4:30 pm, February 1, 2018. If mailed, they must be post marked by February 1, 2018. The Board of Assessors recommends that you provide supporting data why you should receive an abatement. In some cases it may be something as simple as an error on the property record card. The Board requires an original signed copy of the application, therefore we do not accept emailed or faxed applications.
Once we receive your completed application, you will be contacted by the assessor's office to make an appointment to inspect the property. The Board of Assessors requires a full inspection. Failure to allow an inspection will result in a denial by the Board. At the inspection, the Assessor will verify the property record card information, etc. The Board will review this information and make a decision. The Board can grant or deny the abatement request. You will be notified of the results in writing within ten days of the Board’s decision. The Board has three months from the application date to make a decision. If you are granted an abatement and you are happy with the amount, you don’t have to do anything. If you are granted an abatement, but are unhappy with the amount or you are denied, you have the right to appeal to the Appellate Tax Bureau (ATB). You will be provided the phone number and contact information for the ATB with your decision letter.
Inspections by Assessors Office:
The inspection process is ongoing. We inspect for new permits, sales verification, and updating our information in compliance with Department of Revenue requirements. Inspectors with identification, will go directly to the property and they will request permission to inspect and measure and verify property information. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact our office.
Hingham Board of Assessors, 781-741-1455