Former selectman Jerry Selissen, Chief Assessor Jay Kelley, and Connie Martin of Community Teamwork Inc. explained town and federal programs to a group of seniors.
- B Schill
Friday, January 7, 2011
Jerry Selissen can remember a time when officers were ticketing people who were using too much water for their lawns and gardens. "I go back to the days when we couldn't water our lawns for months at a time, when we couldn't even do our gardens," he said. Sellisen, a former selectmen, kicked off a meeting highlighting tax assistance programs, Wednesday at the Tewksbury Senior Center, by explaining the recent increases in the town's water and sewer rates. “We’ve come a long way at improving infrastructure,” he said. Among these improvements include an $8 million water tank on Colonial Drive, between $6-7 million replacing sewer pipe, and $3 million in improvements to the water treatment plant. “That’s what’s driven the cost of water up,” he…
With the new property tax bills in the mail, Tewksbury Chief Assessor Jay Kelley describes the complex process of property assessments and taxes.
- B Schill
Monday, January 3, 2011
Other than the end of December signaling the dawn of the New Year, it also means that another round of property taxes is just around the corner. The January bill, typically sent the first day of the year, is one of four quarterly property tax invoices the town sends out, including bills in April, July, and October. The process for determining the bill is a complex matter. The Assessor's Office, headed by Chief Assessor Jay Kelley and a small team of full-time employees, is charged with assessing nearly 10,000 properties per year. According town website, "The Board of Assessors is responsible for administering Massachusetts property tax laws equitably by estimating the fair market value of all real and personal property in Tewksbury." The …