Assessor's Office

TOWN HALL OPEN TO THE PUBLIC BY APPOINTMENT ONLY


Please call 501-881-0100 ex. 2012 to set up an appointment with the Assessors Office. We are also able to assist you via email or phone. 

 

Assessors Office

Due to the threat of COVID-19 the Town Offices are now open to the public by appointment only. The Assessors Office apologizes for any inconvenience this may cause but would like to make you aware of the best ways to reach us. Please email assessorsoffice@ashlandmass.com, or call 508-881-0100 extension 2012 to reach a staff member. If you need to submit an application to the department, please reach out via email or phone so we can discuss the best way to submit. 

Responsibilities

This department and its personnel maintain a long-standing commitment to the community and strive to provide exceptional service to the residents of Ashland in many ways. The Assessing Department is continually keeping up with the changes in the assessing profession through the constant improvement of computer technology and current applications of Mass. General Laws in order to provide efficient and accurate service to the residents of Ashland.

The Assessing Department is truly an important part of the municipal operations of the Town’s finances, housing data, and growth. Mostly known for valuing properties and issuing real estate tax bills, the Assessing Department also processes Motor Vehicle Excise bills that originate from the Registry of Deeds, qualifies candidates that are eligible for property tax Exemptions, and much more, including updating and issuing Passports to residents. 

In addition to managing property data, the Assessing Department also possesses limited plot plan maps and other documents that residents are often in need of. Along with keeping abreast of trending and market conditions, the department stays current with the use of outside references and resources such as the Registry of Deeds, The Warren Group, and MLS sales information. Using these resources effectively helps to manage the housing data and plan for future fiscal growth of the Town.  

Director of Assessing Richard E. Ball, MAA, uses his mass appraisal knowledge effectively to manage the department and keep it operating efficiently on a daily basis. He works extremely hard at keeping current with the state’s assessing policies and procedures in order to provide the residents of Ashland the most fair and equitable assessments as possible. Working equally hard to service the needs of Ashland residents are staff members June Smiarowski, Senior Clerk; and Terry Capen, Senior Clerk. 

The Assessing Department falls under the jurisdiction of the Ashland Board of Assessors, a three member elected board. These elected officials have the authority to make decisions on all applications relative to the over-value of property, tax exemptions, and the like. The Board is educated and professional and treats property owners with fairness and honesty in dealing with assessment issues. Ashland is fortunate to have one of the most honest and hard-working assessing boards around, which is reflected in low numbers of appeals each year. That translates to money saved by the Town!