Assessor's Department

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

Fiscal Year 2022 Property Value Information

  • Click HERE to see the 2022 RE Property Values 
  • Click HERE to see the 2022 Personal Property Values (coming soon)

About the Assessor's Department

The Assessor's Department employs:

  • Office Assistant
  • Assistant to Assessor
  • Assistant Assessor
  • Principal Assessor

Financial Process

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:

  • Local receipts
  • Property tax
  • State funding

The legislative body of local government establishes the amount of funding required. In Shrewsbury it is the town meeting.

Receipts

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.

Property Appraisal

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.

Taxes

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.