Board of Assessors
- 5 pm
- As-needed basis
Agendas & Minutes
Agendas are available prior to meeting. Minutes are available following approval.
The Board of Assessors is a three-member elected board, each of whom serves for a three-year term. Within two years of being elected, a new member is required to attend a basic training course presented by the Department of Revenue and pass an examination. (830 Code of Massachusetts Regulations (CMR) 58.31.1)
The Board of Assessors is responsible for appointing the Town Assessor, who is the chief administrator of the office. The Board of Assessors is responsible for determining the fair cash valuation of all real estate and personal property within the Town. As an integral part of the Town’s financial management team, it is charged with setting the tax rate and assessing all property taxes, which are the major source of revenue for the Town.
Administering motor vehicle and boat excise taxes is also a responsibility of the Board of Assessors. The Board has a significant role in the collection of special assessments and betterments as well. The Board of Assessors is charged with the disposition of all abatement and exemption applications.
Dover Town Code Description of Responsibilities
There shall be a three-member Board of Assessors elected on a rotating basis of one member each year for a three-year term in accordance with Massachusetts General Laws (MGL) Chapter 41, Section 24. The Board of Assessors’ duties and authority shall include, but shall not be limited to, those specified in MGL Chapter 58 and Chapter 59 and as specified in local options voted by Town Meeting. The Board of Assessors shall annually appoint a Town Assessor whose duties and authority shall include, but shall not be limited to, those specified in MGL Chapter 41, Sections 25A, 28.
View the full Dover Town Code.
Important Notice from the Board of Assessors
Judy Sambor, a contractor who has been hired by the Board of Assessors, will be traveling throughout the Town of Dover from May through the beginning of December for the purpose of measuring and inspecting properties that have not been visited within the last ten years; properties for which building, plumbing, gas, or electrical permits have been issued; or properties that have undergone a physical change since June 30, 2018. For your protection, please confirm that she is driving a 2009 gray Toyota RAV4 with Massachusetts registration number 6WL223.
The accuracy of the data collected in the field is critical to the valuation process and will help to guarantee that all taxpayers are responsible for only their fair share of the expenses of administering the town.
Your cooperation and assistance during these inspections is appreciated, and we apologize for any inconvenience you may encounter as a result of Ms. Sambor’s visit. If you have any questions, please contact the Assessors’ office at 785-0032, ext. 223 or ext. 241. For further confirmation of Ms. Sambor’s identity on a weekend, you may also telephone the Dover Police at 508-785-1130. If you receive a card at your home, please call or email the office to schedule an inspection.