City of Somerville FY22 Budget

Mission Statement

To provide taxpayers and the general public with the best professional service and information available about property assessments in the City. Efficient and effective assistance allows taxpayers, the public, other City departments, and state agencies to maintain the highest level of confidence in the Assessors and their data.

Personal Services Changes

Personal Services are projected up 12% for FY22.

This is due to fully funding positions which were reduced in the FY21 budget.

Changes in salaries are due to negotiated collective bargaining agreements and merit increases based on annual performance reviews.

Ordinary Maintenance Changes

Ordinary Maintenance costs are projected down 15% for FY22.

This is primarily due to a reduction in the Property Data Services line of $44,000 offset by modest increases to Appraisals and Professional & Technical Services.

FY22 Goals & Measures of Progress

The Assessor’s Office is coming off a successful Fiscal Year 2021 Revaluation Year. All property uses were certified by the Department of Revenue’s - Bureau of Local Assessment. This intensive review of all sales and market data in the City began in Late June and concluded on November 11, 2020 with our Notification of Final Certification.

The Board of Assessors was extremely proud of our staff’s ability to work through the Pandemic without delay. Our field and data entry requirements were met timely under restrictive conditions throughout the revaluation process. Our goals remain the same moving forward into Fiscal Year 2022. The Assistant Assessors have specific individual responsibilities in the field involving permits, sales verification, deed entry, and cyclical re-inspection. These four required responsibilities are the lion’s share of their annual work load.

The Clerical Staff continues to handle all motor vehicle excise, exemptions and general public questions and concerns. The annual July mailing for all statutory exemptions and new residential exemption applications is nearly upon us. Our Clerical performance in Fiscal Year 2021 was beyond excellent when considering the office handle all public inquiries through phone, email and mail in a Certification year without an Assessing Administrative Assistant.

The Board of Assessors mission and goals remain the same moving forward. We will meet the Department of Revenues Guidelines in this year’s Interim Valuation. The office will obviously take all of calendar year 2020 and 2021 Pandemic related financial burdens into consideration when assessing all Real Property city wide as of January 1st, 2021.

FY22 Budget

Personnel Listing