What are the Assessor’s Office responsibilities?

The primary responsibility of the assessor's office is the valuation of all real estate and real property in the Town of Stoneham. Under Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 59, Section 38 the Board of Assessors must assess all property, real and personal, at full and fair cash value. These values are used as the basis of the local property tax. The office also processes abatements for the excise tax.

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1. What are different types of exemptions that are available?
2. What are the Assessor’s Office responsibilities?
3. What is excise tax?
4. What is the current tax rate?
5. What is the difference between an exemption and abatement?
6. Why did I receive a note on my door indicating that the Assessor wanted to inspect my property?
7. Why does my new assessed value not reflect the value of my house today?
8. What is Proposition 2½?
9. Why is did my tax bill increase by more than 2 1/2 percent from the previous year?
10. Why is the previous owner's name still on my tax bill when I purchase the property within the last year?