The Assessor's Department maintains an assessment system that can develop fair and equitable values for all classes of property through the use of a sophisticated computer-assisted mass appraisal system. Our staff is available to answer taxpayer questions about abatements, excise taxes, exemptions, and property identification. An informed taxpayer has a better understanding of the valuation processes and the services allowed by law for taxpayers.
Fiscal Year 2022 Tax Rate Information
The Fiscal Year 2022 Tax Rate is $14.11
Click HERE to view the Fiscal 2022 Classification Hearing Presentation
Click HERE to view information on Understanding Your Fiscal 2022 Real Estate Tax Bill
Click HERE to view information explaining Proposition 2 1/2
Click HERE to see the 2022 Personal Property Values (coming soon)
About the Assessor's Department
The Assessor's Department employs:
Assistant to Assessor
The financial process within local government begins in the Assessor's Office.
The funding for the operation of local government is provided from several sources:
The legislative body of local government establishes the amount of funding required. In Shrewsbury it is the town meeting.
It is the Assessor's responsibility to determine how much of the total receipts are attributable to the property tax and distribute it evenly and fairly based upon the assessed values established by the appraisal process.
The primary responsibility of the assessor is to appraise property. The appraisal process is conducted through what is termed computer-assisted mass appraisal (CAMA). Since there are in excess of 12,000 parcels to appraise it is an absolute necessity that the most up to date and accurate computer process is used. It is virtually impossible to conduct individual appraisals on all parcels within the time frame required.
The assessor does not determine how much your taxes will be. It is the amount of dollars spent that determines the taxes. The Assessor is just the messenger.