Mattapoisett Maintains Single Tax Rate

At a classification hearing with town Assessors on December 19, the Mattapoisett Board of Selectmen voted to maintain a single tax rate among property classes for Fiscal Year 2012.

Principal Assessor Kathleen Costello presented a FY12 assessment overview, which projected the average assessed value for property classes in the upcoming year.

According to the findings, single-family residential assessed value would experience, on average, a 3.21 percent increase, while commercial would experience a .62 decrease and industrial would experience a 13.90 percent decrease.

Ms. Costello reported “larger than normal growth in new commercial”, which came with the addition of Yard Boss to Route 6 and a Toyota of Dartmouth collision center on Boat Rock Road, in the Industrial Park.

“Basically, those two parcels really kicked up our new growth,” Ms. Costello said.
Overall, the average single-family residential tax bill will see an increase of $163 a year.

The single family residential bracket represents 94 percent of the Assessor’s database. Assessments are property valuations that are determined by the Board of Assessors via real estate market analysis and Commissioner of Revenue regulations.

Residents who disagree with a property assessment may file an abatement request at the Assessor’s Office.

Ms. Costello advised the Board to avoid a split tax rate. “Really, it is not worth while for the town of Mattapoisett,” she said. “It would really hurt the small businesses in Mattapoisett.”

The Assessor’s office has mailed notifications of the pending assessment to residents, including seasonal residents, Ms. Costello said. FY12 valuations can be seen by visiting the Assessor’s office during regular town hall hours or by visiting

By Anne Kakley

2 Responses to “Mattapoisett Maintains Single Tax Rate”

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  1. Paul says:

    Why you giving us INCORRECT amounts regarding the residential rate increases?

    Mattapoisett residential property owners will see an average $445 increase on tax bills with an assessment increase of 5.3 percent for 2012.

    • anne_kakley says:

      My name is Anne Kakley and I am the author of this story.
      The information in this article was given to me directly from the Mattapoisett assessor’s office (Kathleen Costello, Principal Assessor), regarding the discrepancy in average tax bill increases. Please note that the average $445 does not apply to the single family residential tax bill, which is the vast majority of Mattapoisett. Single family residential tax rates will see a lesser increase.
      The information I used can be verified by calling the Mattapoisett assessor’s office at 508-758-4106, ext. 3.
      Hope this helps. Please call me at the Wanderer office next week if you have further questions. 508-758-9055.
      Anne Kakley
      Wanderer News Editor

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