As stated in M.G.L. CH 60, Section 3, cities and towns must send a bill to the owner of record as of January 1 of the year in which the tax was assessed. As a result, a new homeowner may not receive a bill in their name for up to a year and a half from the purchase date. New homeowners are encouraged to come to the Assessing Office to complete a new homeowner form with your name and mailing address.
Failure to receive a bill does not stay the collection of the tax. If you do not receive a tax bill within a week of the mailing date, please contact our office and we will send a copy of the bill. Interest accrues at 14% per annum, on the unpaid amount, beginning the day following the due date until payment is made. After the May 1 due date has passed a demand bill is sent for any total or balance of the tax that is unpaid, plus interest and the $5 demand fee. This will be due in 14 days.