Departments: Board of Assessors
This page has been created to give the taxpayer an overview of the operation of this town department and to provide information that might be helpful to the taxpayer in dealing with our office. We hope that this information will educate the public so that they may have a better understanding of their rights and how their Assessments are calculated.
If this web-page triggers a question or a need for more information please do not hesitate to contact us.
The Board of Assessors will meet every other week on Wednesday afternoon at 3:30 pm. The meetings are held in the Central Meeting Room North, second floor, Hingham Town Hall.
The meetings are public, but if the Board is discussing abatements or other issues that fall within executive session, the public will not be allowed to stay for that portion of the meeting.
Meetings will posted in accordance with state law. It is advised that you check the posting before hand, if you plan to attend, to make sure the meeting day/time has not been changed.
-Board of Assessors
2012 Annual Report
The Board is very pleased with the performance of Rick Nowlan and staff (Kathie Collins, Sandra Alger and Tania Layden) coming off a very tough 2011. The shift from the State CAMA system to the Vision Appraisal System plus a complete revaluation of the 8500 real estate parcels created an ongoing learning and relearning process for the staff. As a result we received 400 requests for abatements.
The staff, through diligent work, overcame many of the problems, and we received a certified tax rate in time for the January bill. Their efforts also produced 72% fewer abatements.
2012 saw a 30% increase in sales plus 964 building permits. We maintained an excellent assessment/sales ratio of 92%. One condominium complex had a resurgent increase in value and triggered a fairly sharp increase. We have met with the members of that complex and are reviewing their values. Although such increases are rare, it is required for all communities to provide sales ratio analysis to the Bureau of Local Assessments as part of the tax rate approval process. It is our primary concern that there is equality and fairness.
Again our sincere thanks to Rick and his staff for a successful 2012.
Stuart G. Hall, Chairman Mark Tyburski Michael Shaughnessy