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 www.Mattapoisett.net.
By Anne Kakley