What does the assessor do?

The Assessors are required by Massachusetts Law to list and value all real and personal property. Valuation is subject to ad valorem taxation, which requires the Assessors to tax property according to value. Assessed values in Massachusetts are based on full and fair cash value or 100% fair market value.

Assessors are required to submit these values to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Department of Revenue for certification every three years. The Assessors review property values in interim years, as well. This allows the taxpayer to pay his or her fair share of the cost of local government in proportion to the amount of money the property is worth annually, rather than every three years.

The Rockland Assessors’ Office assesses approximately 5900 parcels of real property and 360 personal property accounts.