Any taxpayer who feels that the value the Assessors have placed on their property does not
reflect market value has the right to appeal. Appeals must be made to the Assessors within
one month of the issuance of the actual third quarter tax bill or by February 1. Application
for abatement or appeal can be obtained at the Assessors Office or by accessing the link on
the Assessors homepage at “Department Forms,” and click on link to “Application for
Abatement for Real and Personal property tax.” Income and expense forms, if needed, can
be printed from the forms list as well.
Note that abatement applications must be filed in the Assessors Office by no later than the
close of business on Monday, Feb. 3, 2014, or will be considered late at which point the Board of
Assessors loses jurisdiction to abate the bill. Applications, however, will be accepted if
mailed to the Assessors Office and showing a U. S. postal postmark of February 3, 2014 or earlier.
The Board of Assessors has three (3) months from the date of application to issue a decision.
Applicants aggrieved by a decision of the Board can appeal to the State Appellate Tax Board
within three (3) months of the date of the Board of Assessors notice.
Note that the filing of abatement does not stay the collection of the tax. To preserve all
appeal rights, bills should be paid timely by the due date without incurring interest.
Additional inquiries can be made at the Assessors Office, by email at
assessingsomervillema [dot] gov, or by calling the Office at 617 626-6600 x3100.