Welcome to the


 Town Hall, 2 Jabish Street, Room 206  

OFFICE HOURS:   Monday - Friday, 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM


Director of Assessments 
John G. Whelihan

Board of Assessors
Raymond G. Goff, Chairman
Thomas A. Barry, Vice Chairman
Donald L. Minney, Clerk

Mailing Address: P.O. Box 515, Belchertown, MA  01007

 Telephone:  (413) 323-0413 
Fax:  (413) 323-5717

Official Assessment Responsibilities
Official Administrative Responsibilities
Public Information Policies and Fee Information
Form and Application Deadlines

ASSESSORS' NOTICE - January 1, 2019

View or Print Motor Vehicle Excise Abatement Form

 Assessment data is now on-line.  CLICK HERE.

FY2019 Tax Rate - $18.32

                Filing for a Property Tax Abatement

Any taxpayer who feels that the assessed value 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 1st.  Application for abatement can be obtained at the Assessors Office or by clicking on the abatement application link below. 


Abatement applications must be filed in the Assessors Office no later than the close of business on February 1, 2019 or will be considered late.  If the application is filed late, the Assessors will not be able to abate the bill.  Applications which are mailed to the Assessors Office will be accepted if the U.S. postal postmark is dated February 1 or earlier.  You may fax your application to the office (413-323-5717) or email to as long as the application is received by the close of business on February 1. 

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 of Assessors can appeal to the State Appellate Tax board within three (3) months of the date of the Assessors notice.
Please note that filing for an 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.  

For additional information: 

 If you have any questions, please contact the Assessors Office at (413)323-0413 or by email at

The Board of Assessors:

Three Year (Overlapping) Terms; Three Members;
Meetings are held twice monthly as posted.

     Official Assessment Responsibilities       

Classify and determine "full and fair cash value" of all real and personal property according to Massachusetts General Law (Chapter 59).

Review and act upon all real and personal property abatement applications. 

  • Process all motor vehicle abatement requests.
  • Review and process all exemption applications for qualifying elderly, widowed, blind or disabled veteran citizens.
  • Review all applications for accuracy regarding tax incentives for land used for recreational, forestry or agricultural purposes.
  • According to Department of Revenue mass appraisal standards, implement a revaluation of the Town's real and personal property, every three years.  


Official Administrative Responsibilities 

  • Maintain property records concerning all structures and residencies including: building area, number of bedrooms and baths, condition and type of heating system.
  • Update the Town's Assessor Maps, which contain information such as parcel numbers, and land area.
  • After committing the yearly assessments and tax amounts to the Tax Collector for billing purposes, the Assessors must generate a copy of the tax commitment and make it available for public inspection.
  • The Assessors must maintain and store all applicable public records including: property record cards, ownership and deed information, betterment records, exemption records, real estate records, personal property and excise records, and property sales.
  • Provide relevant information such as "new growth" to the Department of Revenue, Town Accountant and Board of Selectmen, in order for the tax rate to be set timely.


Public Information Policies and Fee Information


                                    For Telephone Inquiries:                                 

 The following information may be obtained by telephone-    

  • Owner name and mailing address
  • Parcel identification number
  • Land area
  • Deed book, deed page, deed date
  • Tax rate
  • Property Valuation 

For Office Inquiries: 

  • Copies of deeds are available in the office, but are also available at the Registry of Deeds in Northampton, MA; or online at (Hampshire County)
  • Plans and surveys are available in the Belchertown Planning Board Office or Registry of Deeds in Northampton, MA.
  • Property Record Cards
  • Tax Maps (11x17)

  We can mail or email copies upon request. 

Abutter's Lists:  

There is a $25.00 fee for a certified abutter's list for a specified parcel.  This fee must be received before the list is prepared.  The Assessors have up to ten days to respond to a written request.

Abutter's List Request Form


 Form and Application Deadlines  

February 1st: 

  • Real and personal property applications for abatement  

March 1st: 

  • 3ABC Application Forms for Charitable Property owners.
  • Personal Property "form of list" applications 

April 1st: 

  • Personal exemption applications are due by April 1, OR 3 months after the mailing of the 3rd quarter (actual) tax bills, if later.

 July 1st (Beginning of the Fiscal Year):

 Chapter 61, contact forester deadline - new/renewal certificates

  • Filing of personal exemptions begins


 By October 1st:

Chapter 61 applications + forest plan certificates -
New/ renewal due in Assessors Office

 Chapter 61A Agricultural/Horticultural applications due

  • Chapter 61B Recreation applications due





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