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Assessors are required to submit these values to the Massachusetts Department of Revenue for certification every three years. In the years between certification the Assessors must also maintain values and make adjustments according to market conditions. The Town of Needham reassesses values each and every year. This is done so that the property taxpayer pays his or her fair share of the cost of local government in proportion to the amount of money the property is worth, on a yearly basis rather than every three years.
The Needham Assessors Office appraises and assesses approximately 12,000 parcels of real and personal property each year.
The Board of Assessors is required to annually assess taxes in an amount sufficient to cover the state and local appropriations chargeable to the town. These taxes assessed will include state taxes, which have been duly certified to the Board, town taxes voted by the town (including Prop. 2 1/2), and all taxes voted and certified by the annual Town Meeting.
The Assessors' Office has nothing to do with the total amount of taxes collected. The Assessors' primary responsibility is to find and list the "full and fair cash value" of your property, so that you only pay your fair share of the taxes. The tax rate is determined by all the taxing agencies within the town, and is the basis for the budget needed or demanded by the voters to provide the services, such as schools, roads, and public safety. The tax rate is the factor that is applied to the total value of all property in the town and the levy.
The object of an assessment program is to estimate "full and fair" cash value as of January (known as the assessment date) of the year preceding the fiscal year.