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It is the best solution to uncontrolled breeding and the tragic pet population problem. A spayed or neutered pet will never add to the tens of thousands of surplus puppies and kittens born each day for which there are no homes available.
Contact your local veterinarian to have your pet spayed or neutered.
Rabies is a viral disease of the central nervous system that is almost always fatal. Rabies in humans is very rare in the U.S. but rabies in ground animals- especially wildlife- is common in some parts of the country. Rabies has infected ground animals in Massachusetts after 40 years of being found only in bats.
Until recently rabies was rare in this state. However, rabies in raccoons first appeared in Massachusetts in September 1992 and is spreading quickly.
How can rabies be prevented?
The rabies virus lives in the saliva (spit) and other body fluids of infected animals and is spread when they bite or scratch. The virus can also be spread if one of these body fluids touches broken skin or a mucous membrane (in the mouth, nose, or eyes). In caves crowded with bats, it is possible to inhale the virus floating in the air.
The rabies virus can infect any animal (if it has hair or fur, it's a mammal), but it is only common among certain ones like bats, skunks, foxes, and raccoons. Cats, dogs, and livestock can also get rabies and spread it to their owners - if they do not have special shots to protect them. Rabies is very rare among rodents like squirrels, rats, mice, and chipmunks, Birds, fish, lizards, turtles, and insects (bugs) cannot spread rabies.
Rabid animals often behave strangely after the virus attacks their brains. Rabid animals may attack people or other animals for no real reason, or they may lose their fear of people and seem to be unnaturally friendly. Not all rabid animals act this way, however, so you should avoid all wild animals, especially bats, skunks, foxes, and raccoons. Also, you should not feed or touch stray cats and dogs.
The assessors are required by Massachusetts law to value all real and personal property within the town.
They value every property from single-family residences to the largest commercial and industrial enterprises. Periodically, outside professional appraisers are used to assist with specialized assessments. Special assessing computer software is used to maintain values and assist with the multitude of calculations required in their work.
Every three years, the assessors must re-value all real and personal property and submit these values to the state Department of Revenue for certification. Assessors must also maintain the values in the years between certification. This is done so that each property taxpayer in the town pays his or her fair share of the cost of local government.
Assessors also have a responsibility for motor vehicle excise tax bills, originated by the State Registry of Motor Vehicles, and boat excise tax bills, generated at the local level. For motor vehicles, they update the bills to reflect recent changes and then pass them onto the Town Collector for distribution. For boat excise bills, they contact boat yards, marinas and the town's Harbormaster for listings of owners. Like the motor vehicle excise tax, lists are first generated, then bills are printed and passed to the Town Collector for distribution. Assessors grant abatements and answer any questions regarding excise tax bills.
Assessors have a major role in promoting effective financial management in the town. By keeping values at the market standard, the assessors assist in maximizing the resources available to fund the municipal services expected by residents.
Valuation in Massachusetts is based upon "full and fair cash value", that is, the amount a willing buyer would pay a willing seller on the open market. Assessors must collect, record, and analyze a great deal of information about property and market characteristics in order to estimate the fair market value.
Assessors first inspect each property to record specific features of the land and building(s) that contribute to its value. Size, type and quality of construction, number of rooms, baths, fireplaces, type of heating system - all are examples of the data listed on individual property record cards. Once a house or business building is inspected, the assessor may not need to reinspect for another 6 to 9 years.
Finding the "full and fair cash value", or "market value" of a property involves discovering what similar properties are selling for, what the property would cost today to replace, and what financial factors, such as interest rates may be affecting the real estate market. Valuation techniques for commercial and industrial properties also include analysis from an investment point of view, since the purchase price the buyer is willing to pay depends in part on the return he or she expects to receive.
The assessors do not create value. Rather, they have the legal responsibility to discover and reflect the changes that are occurring in the marketplace.
100% of full and fair cash value.
The courts have defined this phrase to mean "current market value"or the price arrived at by a willing buyer and a willing seller, each with good knowledge of the market and each acting without due pressure or compulsion. Thus, in determining value, assessors seek to approximate what property would sell for on the open market, within an acceptable range of error.
Since assessments must represent market value, rising and declining real estate values in the town will be reflected in assessments. All properties, however, do not change in value to exactly the same degree. Many factors influence values and the value of some properties may be affected by the market more than others.
In Seekonk Tax bills are mailed twice a year. The quarterly tax payments are due on the following dates: August 1st, November 1st, February 1st, May 1st. The bills are sent thirty days prior to these due dates. Payments are due thirty days from the date the tax bill is issued.
Seekonk voted to adopt the CPA on April 6, 2009.
Sections 3 to 7 of Chapter 44B of the General Laws of Massachusetts, also known as the Community Preservation Act, established a dedicated funding source to acquire and preserve open spaces, parks, and conservation land, protect public drinking water supplies, and scenic areas. Also it protects farm land, and forests from future development, restores and preserves historic properties, and helps meet the housing needs of local families. In Seekonk, beginning in FY 2010, the Community Preservation Act will be funded by an additional tax of 1.25% on the annual tax levied on real property, and by matching funds from the Commonwealth.
The following exemptions shall be permitted: 1) Property owned and occupied as a domicile by any person who qualifies for low income housing or low or moderate income senior housing in the Town, as defined in Section 2 of said Act:2) the first $100,000 of the value of each taxable parcel of residential real property. Any taxpayer receiving a regular property tax abatement or exemption will also receive a corresponding full or partial reduction in the surcharge.
A Community Preservation Committee composed of local citizens will make recommendations to Town Meeting on the use of the funds and all expenditures will be subject of annual audit.
Although the tax bill will bear the name of the assessed owner as of January 1, the new owner is responsible for all taxes once the sale of the property is finalized. The amount of tax owed by the previous owner is determined at the time of closing and is typically deducted from the selling price. Once this deduction is made, the new owner must pay all bills as they become due in order to avoid collection actions, including foreclosure. The lawyers assisting each party should already have investigated any outstanding taxes and obtained a Municipal Lien Certificate. Once the agreement is made, the new owner is obligated to pay any outstanding taxes due on the property.
This often confuses new owners, but Chapter 59, Section 11, of the Massachusetts General Law reads, "Taxes on real estate shall be assessed, in the town where it lies, to the person who is the owner on January first......." The tax bill will carry the January 1st owner(s) name throughout the entire subsequent fiscal year. The former owners' name will be replaced by the new owner(s) name once the fiscal year has run its cycle.
In order to change a name or trustee's name on a real estate tax bill, the Assessors' Office must receive a copy of a recorded deed or newly recorded trustee document filed at the Bristol County Registry of Deeds or Land Court.
In order to remove a decedent's name from a real estate tax bill, the Assessors' Office requires a recorded copy of a Death Certificate or Inheritance Tax Release of Lien. If the ownership is held as Tenancy by the Entirety or Joint Tenancy, the decedent's name will be removed. If the ownership is Tenancy in Common, the Assessors' Office will make the change once the probate has been finalized.
In the event your name has changed, please provide the Assessors' Office with the appropriately recorded document(s) from the Registry of Deeds or Land Court.
The Assessors' office in the community where the property is located must be notified in writing by the property owner in order to make this change.
In most cases, if the deed has been recorded at least 6 weeks prior to the issue date of the tax bill, the new owner will also receive a copy of the tax bill. If you receive a bill within 6 weeks of the sale, please forward it to the new owner immediately.
You must file between January 1 and February 1 of the tax year or as stated on the tax bill. However, you should ask yourself three questions before filing for an abatement:
The Assessing staff can assist you in determining whether your assessment is fair and equitable.
You must file an application with the Assessors' Office.
Proposition 2½ is a voter initiative law that limits the property tax levy of cities and towns enacted in the 1980 state election. It took effect in fiscal year 1982.
Working with Proposition 2 1/2 presentation
The Massachusetts Association of Assessing Officers (MAAO) is a statewide organization of 1,400 professionals dedicated to providing local communities with accurate and reliable information upon which to manage finances.
MAAO - Who are we?
Yes, anyone opening a new business and/or changing tenants in an existing or new commercial space must apply to the Building Department for a Certificate of Use and Occupancy as well as a Sign Permit for new business signage. Upon inspection by the Building Commissioner; you will obtain your Certification of Occupancy.
If there are no zoning considerations or issues relating to the work being done, notification of abutter is not required. If you would like to know what your neighbors are building, all building permit files are public record and can be viewed at the Building Department by request.
You may request an amendment to your existing permit if there have not been any inspections conucted on the project yet.
If you need to change or revise your plans after your permit has been issued, you must file a written amendment request with the revised plans and valuation of the additional work as well as pay any additional fees due.
Homeowners should contact a registered home inspector for home inspections, the building inspector is not responsible for independent home inspections.
A permit is not required for a fence 6 feet and under in height. Common Practice / Courtesy is to put the "good" side to your neighbor but is not mandatory.
uilding permits are issued to Construction Supervisors licensed by the State of Massachusetts. Please note that there are several Specialty Licenses also. The Mass license is only valid for work involving structures less than 35,000 cf, for one & two family dwellings. As an exception to this requirement, building permits are also issued to homeowners doing work on one and two family dwellings where they reside. It is noted that when homeowners are issued building permits, they are liable for contractors working on their property and they are not eligible for protection under the provisions of the Home Improvement Contractor Law. The Seekonk Building Department encourages homeowners to have the building permit taken out by a licensed contractor. Licensed Contractors and Home Improvement Registrations can be checked online on the Home Improvement Contractor Registration and Renewal website.
Your building permit is good for 6 months (180 days). Work must commence within that period and continue without interruption, however it may, with permission of the Building Department, be renewed for up to 6 months provided that the request to extend the permit is made prior to original exipration date. After that, if you have not started or continuously worked on the project, your permit will be considered abandoned and you will have to reapply.
If your permit was issued in hard copy or prior to January 27, 2020, please call the Building Department Office at 508-336-2990 or email the Building Office and provide the permit type, permit number, address and type of inspection you would like to request as well as your contact information. The inspection request will be relayed to the appropriate inspector for coordination of the visit.
When there is any structural work and/or repairs to an existing dwelling; permits are required for including but not limited to the following:
If you are not sure if your work will require a permit please, contact the office at: 508-336-2990
Building permits provide the means for building officials to protect us by reducing the potential hazards of unsafe construction and therefore ensuring the public health, safety, and welfare.
Yes, if access to the new work requires an inspector to walk through your existing, furnished house. Someone must be present to let the inspector in. The inspector will not enter an unoccupied furnished house. We also will not enter a house in which only a child is home, unaccompanied by an adult.
Most public libraries have a copy. You can view and download chapters of the Massachusetts State Building Code 780 CMR by visiting the Massachusetts Department of Public Safety website.
To look up the list of what is kind of license is required for a specific job, visit the Construction Supervisor Licensing website.
Stickers are available at the Public Works Department at 871 Taunton Avenue (corner of Rte. 44 and Lake St.). Office hours are 8 am to 4 pm
Most bulky items will be collected twice monthly on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of each month; stickers must be purchased before noon on the Tuesday prior to the pick up date.
Special waste/appliances are picked up on the third Tuesday of the month; the stickers must be purchased on or before noon the Friday prior to the pick up date. Special waste items includes TVs, tires, computers, appliances, and metal items such as gas grills, bicycles etc.
The CodeRED Emergency Notification System is a fast communication service allowing the Town of Seekonk to notify citizens of an emergency situation. It enables the Town to provide mass notification quickly and easily. This service is free to all Seekonk residents and businesses located within our incorporated limits.
This high-speed telephone system will allow the Town of Seekonk to contact participants to provide information about a critical situation, what action needs to be taken, and notification that the situation has been resolved.
To receive CodeRED and Weather Warning Calls, you must register your home, cell phone, or business phone number in the CodeRED database. If you would like to join the Weather Warning program make sure to check the Weather Warning Box on the Registration Form before you submit.
Sign up for CodeRED and CodeRED Weather Warning on the CodeRED website.
CodeRED delivers the important message through a high-speed telephone calling system to a phone number on the CodeRED database. Town staff will access CodeRED via a secure portal on the web. A "call area" will be marked identifying street addresses. Telephone numbers will be matched up electronically to these addresses through the use of Geographical Information Systems (GIS). A pre-recorded message will be sent out via the telephone with information about the incident and possibly instructions for action to be taken.
Your area of the community may not be affected. In which case, you won’t receive a call even if it’s only a block away.
Yes. But, your cell phone number needs to be associated with your Town of Seekonk address. We encourage you to register your cell phone number.
CodeRED will be used for significant incidents and events where the timely notification of an affected population or geographic area is essential.
The following information is required to add a telephone number into the "CodeRED" database: first and last name; address (physical address, no P.O. boxes); city; state; Zip Code; and primary phone number. A primary phone number is most likely the identified home phone number. An alternate phone number, such as a mobile phone, can also be entered and both the primary and alternate line will be contacted in the event of an emergency. The system works with cellular phones but requires a Town of Seekonk street address. When entering information, please fill out all of the screens because the newest data entered will replace the old data.
For those who are hearing impaired, the signup form offers a TDD only option for tone delivery of emergency messages. Messages delivered to phone numbers marked TDD will only be delivered in a TDD/TTY format. Residents without Internet access may register by calling the Seekonk Police Department at 508-336-8123.
This system will be used for emergency purposes or notification of information considered to be vitally important.
Examples of times when the CodeRED system could be utilized: drinking water contamination, utility outage, evacuation notice, missing person, fires or floods, bomb threats, hostage situations, chemical spills or gas leaks, and other emergency incidents where rapid and accurate notification is essential for life safety.
If you live near wetlands, always contact the Conservation Office at 508-336-2944 prior to cutting any trees.
You may be able to build within 100 feet of wetlands and within 200 feet of a perennial stream if you obtain the proper permits and approvals from the Conservation Commission and all work complies with state and local wetland laws. You cannot do anything within 25 feet of the wetland boundary and structures are prohibited within 50 feet of the wetland boundary pursuant to the Seekonk General Wetlands Protection Bylaw and Regulations.
Any proposed activity that is greater than 100 feet from the wetlands and greater than 200 feet from a perennial stream is not under the Commission's jurisdiction unless that activity causes a negative impact to the resource area.
Wetlands must be delineated in the field by a qualified wetland scientist. This person must have knowledge and experience with wetland plants, soils, hydrology, the MA Wetlands Protection Act, Wetland Regulations 310 CMR 10 and the Seekonk General Wetlands Protection Bylaw and Regulations. The Conservation Commission cannot recommend a wetland scientist but we can give you a list of contacts that provide these services.
Wetlands are very valuable resource areas and provide many functions such as the following: drinking water protection, flood control, fish and shellfish habitat, wildlife habitat, natural beauty and recreation. Wetlands contribute to public health and safety, not only for you and your family, but for your community as well. Wetlands protect drinking water, prevent storm damage and support recreation, tourism and educational opportunities.
Mosquitoes are most active at dawn and dusk so limit your outdoor activities at these times. Wear bug repellant. Contact the Bristol County Mosquito Control for spraying - to make a spray request send an email to Request Bristol.
Do not attempt to clean up the wetlands. Much of what people consider “messy” is wildlife habitat. Removing invasive vegetative species from the wetlands is allowable but first contact the Conservation Office at 508-336-2944 to determine if it is an invasive species and to discuss the method of removal.
Never discharge effluent from your clothes washer or sinks into streams, ponds or wetlands. Effluent from these sources must be discharged into your septic system.
Never pump your pool water directly into streams, ponds or wetlands. Pool water contains chemicals that are harmful to the environment. Instead, drain your pool water across your lawn or impervious area and allow the chemicals to dissipate and infiltrate before it reaches the resource areas.
In the past, wetlands were mistakenly regarded as "wastelands" of mud and mosquitoes or simply as obstacles to economic development. However, scientific studies have shown that wetlands protect our health, safety, and property, as well as provide habitat for a variety of wildlife.
Disposal bills are billed annually, based on fiscal year.
Example: Fiscal 2017 = July 1, 2016 through June 30, 2017.
The disposal bill per unit rate is set by the Board of Selectman. This rate is determined after the DPW Superintendent submits disposal costs to the BOS for that billing fiscal year. This process usually takes place each year, no later than September (the month the bills are issued.)
Disposal Bills are issued in the month of September and due in the month of October. If you have not received a bill please contact the Collector's Office for a copy at 508-336-2930.
Partial payments are accepted on disposal bills. Please be advised that a partial payment does not stop additional charges if a balance is due after the due date.
Partial payments must be made payable to the Town of Seekonk and paid at the Collector’s Office, either by mail to Collector’s Office, 100 Peck Street, Seekonk, MA 02771, dropped in the white payment box (no cash) located to the left of Town Hall’s front door, or in person at the Collector’s Office (office hours). Demand notices will be issued in November for any unpaid balances, with the additional $10.00 demand fee and applicable interest charges.
Please contact the Assessors Office on any address changes at 508-336-2980.
You will not receive a refund from the town; however, it should be handled and adjusted at the closing by the closing attorney.
Please forward the bill to the Collector's Office with a note explaining that you no longer own the property and we will forward it to the new owners. Please do not write on the bill for we can not generate an exact duplicate.
Disposal Bills are generally adjusted at the closing. Please contact your closing attorney and inquire how they handled the property's disposal funds.
Per Massachusetts General Laws we must mail all real estate bills to the assessed property owner as of January 1st. Since we use a real estate file to create disposal bills, the same would apply. Please contact the Bristol County Registry of Deeds at 508-822-0502 to inquire if a deed has been recorded with the bank as the new owners. If a deed has not yet been recorded, please contact the mortgage company that has foreclosed upon your property to inquire when such deed will be recorded.
After the original bill, a demand bill will be issued for all outstanding accounts. If the account is still outstanding it will be placed as a lien on the properties Actual Real Estate Bill.
Yes, there are no exemptions for vacant properties.
All properties that are residential or mixed use receive a disposal bill whether they use the service or not.
Yes, there is no exemption for disposing your trash elsewhere. Please note, transporting trash over the roadways in Seekonk without a valid permit is illegal. If caught a fine will be issued, $100 a day.
All residents are obligated to pay the Landfill Capping portion of the bill. Effective July 1, 2011, residents with Dumpsters were offered the opportunity to request an exemption from trash services when applying for their Dumpster Permit. If you have any questions regarding the Alternate Vendor Exemption please call the Board of Health at 508-336-2950.
Yes. A resident may choose a private hauler and must follow the Alternate Vendor Exemption guideline on the bottom of the Disposal Bill. Any questions on this exemption please contact the Board of Health at 508-336-2950.
By opting out of the Town's disposal program you forfeit the use of all of the Town's Disposal Services with the exception of bringing recyclables and yard waste only to the transfer station.
As each year arises, the Town does not know if your disposal needs have changed. Some properties may decide to start using the Town's services or may decide to use both an Alternate Vendor and the Town's services due to allow them to use the Town's recycling program.
Please contact the Assessors Office at 508-336-2980; they can assist you with the above situations.
Yes. Please follow the Hardship Exemption guidelines on the bottom of the bill.
Contact and inquire with the Assessors Office at 508-336-2980.
Voter Registration Information: If you want to register to vote or change your party affiliation you can either download the form or you can register online by going to the Massachusetts Online Voter Registration System website or coming into Town Hall and registering to vote at the Town Clerks' office.
Per state law, voters must return their signed street list census forms annually to the Town Clerk's office to maintain an active voter status! Inactive voters are still eligible to vote but will require to complete additional forms and show an ID at the polls in order to vote.
Voters are strongly encouraged to know what precinct they will be voting in before arriving at the polls. A greeter who helps manage the lines has the ability to look up your precinct however this does slow the process of checking in down, so it is best to check your precinct before voting with the Town Clerk's office. View the Precinct Street List (PDF) to find out what your precinct is.
All voters vote at: Seekonk High School 261 Arcade Avenue
The Polls open at 7:00 am and close at 8:00 pm
Come to Headquarters located at 500 Taunton Avenue to make an appointment for your inspection. For additional information and fees, please refer to our Smoke and Carbon Detector Inspections page.
We block traffic lanes for the safety of our personnel and our patients. Blocking extra lanes help to keep our personnel safe when they go back to the apparatus to get more equipment and help protect the victim we are trying to stabilize.
Firefighters are very concerned about running over fire hoses because the hose can be damaged and any firefighter at the end of a nozzle will have the water interrupted and possibly cause injuries or death. Any hose that is driven over without protection has to be taken out of service and tested.
The Fire Department does not assist in rescuing animals. Citizens may contact Animal Control. The telephone number is 508-336-6663.
You will need to get out of the house and then call 911 for the Fire Department from outside of the house or from a neighbor's house. The use of a phone could cause the gas to ignite if you called from inside the house.
When it is safe to do so, you should pull over to the right and stop until all emergency vehicles have safely passed. If you cannot maneuver to the right, simply stop and stay stopped so the vehicles can go around you safely.
We recommend you change the batteries in your smoke detectors every 6 months, an easy way to remember is to change the batteries when you change your clocks for daylight savings time.
The Board of Health files has plans called “as-Builts”. This plan shows the location of your septic system. If you have had a Title 5 inspection on your property the system will be located in the report. The Board of Health does not have all “as-builts” on file. You can call us and we will let you know if there are any records on file.
No, as long as your cesspool passes Title 5 you will not have to put in a new system.
The Board of Health tries to review all plans in a timely fashion, however due to the work load the plans can take up to 45 days which is in the regulations.
No the Board of Health will act on an anonymous complaints, however if you wish to have a response from the Board of Health regarding our investigation you will need to leave your name and number.
All residential properties will receive a bill for the annual disposal fee. In order to receive an exemption on your property you must have a dumpster permit no later than July 1st issued by the Board of Health. Once you receive the invoice from the Town you must submit it to the Board of Health so an exemption will be given on the trash portion of the bill. The Board of Health can not issue an exemption for the capping of the Newman Avenue Landfill. The annual disposal bill must be submitted to the Board of Health no later than the due date on the bill.
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211 is the national abbreviated dialing code for free access to health and human services Information and Referral. 211 is an easy-to-remember and universally recognizable number. It makes a critical connection between individuals and families seeking services or volunteer opportunities and the appropriate community-based organizations and government agencies. 211 makes it possible for people to navigate the complex and ever-growing maze of human service agencies and programs. By making services easier to access, 211 encourages prevention and fosters self-sufficiency. It also is hoped that it will reduce the number of non-emergency calls inappropriately made to 911.
Often people can not easily access the information or service they need because they do not know whom to call. There is no simple way to remember the name or number of the local service access point. The creation of 211 has changed that.
Within the Commonwealth, there are literally thousands of phone numbers for health and social service programs, government offices, community organizations, volunteer referral centers, donation clearinghouses, educational systems, and neighborhood groups. There are over 100 comprehensive and specialized Information and Referrals (I&Rs) in the Commonwealth, each with its own name and 10-digit phone number.
By Massachusetts law, Chapter 60A, every registered vehicle, and by Massachusetts law, Chapter 59, Section 2, any unregistered vehicles in the state, is subjected to an annual excise tax for the privilege of road use, whether actual or future.
While individual communities bill and collect these excise taxes, it is the Registry of Motor Vehicles that compiles all the information you see on the bill, according to the information on the registration.
The value is accessed electronically through a data bank complete with valuation figures at the Registry of Motor Vehicles. Different sources provide the valuation figures depending upon whether the motor vehicle is an automobile, a motorcycle, a truck, or a trailer. For example, automobile valuations are derived from figures published in the National Automobile Dealers Association Official Used Car Guide (NADA). Figures are the manufactures' list prices for vehicles in their year of manufacture. Present market value, price paid, or condition are not considered for excise tax purposes.
The Registry of Motor Vehicles determines your vehicles valuation on your excise bill. You should contact them with any concerns on your valuation.
The statutory excise rate is $25 per thousand dollars of value. The value of a vehicle for the purpose of the excise is the applicable percentage for that year of the manufacturer's suggested retail price for that vehicle. The applicable percentages are set out in state law (M.G.L. c.60A, s.1) as follows:
Vehicles older than five years should have a fixed excise bill for succeeding years of ownership. No excise bill shall be less than $5.
The most confusion arises when a vehicle is registered late in the calendar year. This generates a tax bill early in the next calendar year, which may be followed soon after by a full year bill for the new calendar year. Each bill identifies the year prominently. Taxpayers should make note of the year of the bill when paying an excise tax.
If an excise bill is received for a vehicle or trailer which has been sold, traded, donated or junked, it is the registrant’s responsibility to inform the towns Assessors Office and supply them with all necessary information. Our advice is to pay the bill first then look into the appropriate adjustment with the Assessors Office. See Motor Vehicle Excise and Abatements page.
It is important that the bill for the vehicle that is no longer owned, not be ignored. The collection process will not cease until the proper paperwork has been filed with the Assessors Office.
Excise bills are sent to taxpayers by the Town of Seekonk throughout the year, as groups of bills known as commitments (up to 12 per year). They are received by the Town from the Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles. Approximately three-fourths of all excise bills will be mailed in the First Commitment as a single group, usually between the last week of January through the last week of February, and will be due by statute, in 30 days from the date of issue. The remaining groups of bills will be sent throughout the remainder of the year as additional commitments are received by the Town from the Registry of Motor Vehicles. The Town of Seekonk has no control over which bills will be included in any particular commitment as received from the Registry of Motor Vehicles.
There are many reasons why you may not have received a Motor Vehicle Excise tax. They may be any of the following:
Please be advised that under M.G.L. Chapter 60A, Section 2, "Failure to receive an excise notice shall not affect the validity of the excise". A person who does not receive a bill is still liable for the excise plus any interest and/or charges accrued. If you have not received a bill or think you have an outstanding excise tax, please feel free to contact the Collector's Office and inquire.
The Registry of Motor Vehicles is responsible for determining by which community the vehicle owner will be billed. The billing community is determined by the "Place of Garaging"(As of January 1).
The Registry of Motor Vehicles does not have your current towns mailing address.
Partial Payments of motor vehicle excise bills are not accepted. Since the law states that as interest and charges accrue, they become part of the bill; therefore payment will only be accepted if all fees and charges are included with payment.
The tax you paid at the Registry of Motor Vehicles is a Massachusetts Sales Tax. The bill you recently received is an Excise tax bill. This excise tax bill must be paid as well.
For all incidents that require an immediate response by the Police or Fire Department you should call 911.
Although this response is qualitative in nature, the best suggestion is to call 911 when you know that someone is injured, someone may be injured or loss or damage to property may be imminent without quick response from the Police or Fire Departments.
Call if you're having a medical emergency or you witness a person or property in immediate danger. Some people don't want to be a bother or are unsure about whether they should call 911 or not. Medical emergencies include, but are not limited to:
Go to the CodeRED website.
Real Estate/Personal Property tax is billed quarterly in two mailings. The first and second quarters are mailed out by June 30th. The third and fourth are mailed out by Dec 31st.
Due dates-Quarterly Tax Billing System:
Note: If payment due date falls on a weekend, the due date will move to the first Monday after the due date.
Preliminary tax bills are estimated bills. The estimate is based on the actual net tax bill of the previous fiscal year. The preliminary tax is due in two installments, August (1st quarter) and November (2nd quarter).
Real estate/Personal Property tax is the actual tax for the Fiscal Year. In December, the Assessing Department assesses the tax for the year and the amounts paid on the Preliminary bills are subtracted from the tax. The Real Estate/Personal Property tax is due in two installments, February (3rd quarter and May (4th quarter).
Fiscal Year 2022 (FY22) begins July 1, 2021 and ends June 30, 2022.
By M.G.L. Chapter 60: Section 3 all tax bills are mailed to the owner of the property, not the mortgage company to whom your taxes are escrowed with. We have no way of knowing who your mortgage company is, if your mortgage was sold to another company or if your have refinanced with a different mortgage company. We do not bill mortgage companies.
It is advised to check with your mortgage company on wither or not they need a copy of the bill. Some mortgage companies require you to mail them a copy while others get the information electronically from us on their own.
M.G.L. Chapter 59 Section 11 states the name of the owner of record as of January 1 will appear on the tax bill for the next fiscal year (4 bills per fiscal year). Although your name is in the care of line, you are the owner and are responsible for the property.
You may contact the Collector's Office for a copy at 508-336-2930. Under state law, Chapter 60, Section 3, Failure to receive your property tax bill does not excuse you from payment of taxes, or from the interest and fees that accrue on the outstanding balance(s). A tax bill is generated and mailed for every property in the Town. It is the responsibility of the property owner to pay taxes regardless of receipt of a bill.
All changes of addresses must be submitted to the Assessors Office at 508-336-2980.
The Collector’s Office does not maintain address databases. Please do not send address changes with your payment.
If you sold your property on a date that is close to a tax due date, more than likely bills were printed (with the prior owners name) prior to the transaction, and/or the Assessors Office hadn't received the recorded deed from the Registry of Deeds. It sometimes takes up to a month to receive notification to the Assessors from the Registry on a property transfer. If you are unable to forward the bill to the new owners please return the bill to the Collector's Office, 100 Peck Street, Seekonk, MA 02771 (with a quick note informing us of property transfer) so we may forward the bill to the appropriate party. Please do so immediately for it is very important that the party responsible receive the bill in a timely manner.
Contact the Assessors Office at 508-336-2980.
There could be many reasons why you may not be seeing your exemption; they could be any of the following:
If you have any questions regarding your exemption, please contact the Assessors Office at 508-336-2980.
No. Interest is accrued the day after the due date.
No. Bills are considered paid when received in the Collector's Office. Postmark dates on envelopes are not accepted as the date of payment. All payments are to be received by the Collector's office by the due date. Payments are processed the day they are received. Late payments will incur interest/penalties.
Yes, partial payments are encouraged and show good faith. They also help keep interest down if the bill becomes delinquent.
Although your taxes were withdrawn from your escrow a month prior from the due date, we generally don't receive payment until the day of or the day prior to the due date. If you would like to check the status of your taxes please call us the following week from the due date to allow us to post all payments.
We can not answer that question for you, you must contact your mortgage company and inquire with them.
Credit balances are generally not refunded during the middle of the fiscal year because all bills have not yet been issued or paid. A double payment or overpayment will be credited towards the next quarter tax due. If there is an overpayment on the May installment (4th quarter), or a credit balance exists after the May 1 tax installment is paid, a credit will be issued if all accounts are satisfied. In most cases a refund will automatically be refunded to the owner of record at the end of the fiscal year. Credits do not automatically move forward from one fiscal year to another.
If your real estate tax account shows a payment that you, your mortgage company, or closing attorney did not make, you should make your tax payment as required so there is a credit available for the Town to refund the mistaken payor. If any payment(s) posted to your account was/were in fact erroneous, it is conceivable that you may be contacted in the future for reimbursement by the payor(s) who made the payment(s) in error, or by the Town of Seekonk. If you have an escrow account with your mortgage company, be aware that it may be affected by any payment errors made by third party payors. Mortgage companies and banks sometimes make payment errors. We do not bill them, they electronically choose the accounts upon which they wish to pay. If you believe your account was paid in error, please contact and inform the Collectors Office.
Real Estate and Personal Property outstanding balances are subject to 14% interest according to Massachusetts General Law Chapter 59, sections 57 and 57C. The Tax Title interest rate is 16% under Massachusetts General Law Chapter 60, section 62.
Real Estate Demand notices are the initial step towards Tax Title Foreclosure. This Demand notice is an informational notice or a reminder to you, that taxes have not been paid. If you received a Demand notice, you should not ignore this bill.
If you received a bill and there is a statement of "This property has a prior balance," this means there are delinquent taxes on the property, Contact our office for an exact pay-off amount as interest continues to accrue daily. If your mortgage company pays your Real Estate taxes, contact them and inform them of the outstanding taxes.
After the Real Estate Demand bill is issued and not paid, this letter is mailed to the taxpayers as a courtesy. Failure to pay will lead to a Notice of Tax Taking advertisement in the Sunday Chronicle, and a public notice posting in Town Hall and the Seekonk Public Library. In accordance of Massachusetts General Laws, the Town must advertise and post notices. The fee for the advertisement is added to the outstanding tax bill. If not paid, a lien is placed on the property and the fees associated with recording the lien are added to the bill. In addition to the Demand bill, the courtesy mailing, the newspaper advertisement, and the posting in public places, all subsequent real estate tax bills have a dialog box that serves to give notice to property owners of any Prior Year Tax Outstanding amounts or Tax Title amounts outstanding. For more information, see Mass. General Law, Chapter 60, §§ 37, 53, 54, 55 and 60.
When real estate taxes are not paid on time and in full, a lien is placed on the property in accordance with Massachusetts General Laws. The Town of Seekonk perfects this lien by commencing Tax Title procedures. Thereafter, an Instrument of Taking is filed at the Bristol County Registry of Deeds. Now, a matter of public record, the Towns interest in those unpaid tax dollars, interest fees and costs constitute a recorded lien on the property. This lien is a cloud on the title. This means that when the property is re-financed or sold, the Towns lien must be paid to have good title to the property. Usually, the lien amount (with 16% interest) is paid by the Settlement Agent/Closing Attorney. Upon payment of the Tax Title lien in full, a Instrument of Redemption is issued by the Town. This document must be filed at the Bristol County Registry of Deeds to remove the cloud on the title. The Instrument of Redemption removes the lien and clears the title to the property. See Mass. General Law, Chapter 60, Section 53 for more information.
Yes. By M.G.L. Chapter 60, Section 58, if the whole or any portion of Real Estate tax remains unpaid after its due, the mortgage company may pay the amount due, including interest and charges, and it may be added to the mortgage debt.
The Community Preservation Act surcharge was approved by the voters of the Town of Seekonk beginning in Fiscal Year 2010. This surcharge is 1.25% of the total property tax due for the parcel and is used for the acquisition and preservation of open space, recreational land, affordable housing, and historic properties. View the Community Preservation Committee page for more information.
An abatement is a reduction in a real estate valuation based on a correction to the assessed valuation. Contact Assessors Office for abatement information.
The above exemptions are a reduction in a real estate tax due based on certain criteria and income requirements set forth by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Contact Assessors Office for exemption information.
This can be done at the Bristol County Registry of Deeds located at 11 Court Street, Taunton, MA 02780, 508-822-0502. We cannot do this at Town Hall.
You can check this at Bristol County Registry of Deeds located at 11 Court Street, Taunton, MA 02780, 508-822-0502. We do not have this information at Town Hall.
There are two offices within Town Hall that issue Septic Betterment Loans. They are Assessors at 508-336-2980, and Board of Health at 508-336-2950. You may request payoff amount from the appropriate office that granted the loan.
Snow is plowed from the center of the road to the curb or gutter line. This is the only method possible to properly clear the roads. We don’t want to put snow in your driveway but we have no choice. Please do not ask the snowplow driver to plow the entrance of your driveway.
When it begins to snow our chief objective is to plow our main and secondary roads. Once the snowstorm ends, we will complete the cleanup of those primary roads and then begin to plow the plats and side streets. Please be patient. We realize everyone would like to be plowed out first but this is impossible. Once a storm ends it takes between 6 to 10 hours to completely plow all the streets.
Unfortunately, we can only plow one street at a time. Please do not call Public Works to ask if your street can be plowed for this reason. To expedite snowplowing the drivers are instructed to continue plowing from one street to another in the same area. We get many calls from people telling us they need to get to work. Sending plows from one area to another to plow one street will severely hamper and lengthen the snowplow operation.
If you have a real emergency, please call 911. They will contact our department and we will dispatch the proper equipment to facilitate the emergency.
To properly clear the streets a plow may make 3 to 4 passes on each side of the street. The deeper the snow, the more passes are necessary to clear the streets.
Public Works does not repair mailboxes that have been knocked over by the snow. This is an unfortunate byproduct of a snowplow operation. When snow is pushed to the side of the road it becomes extremely heavy and can damage mailboxes.
If your lawn is damaged, call Public Works to report the damage. Someone will go and look at the damage. If the damage is significant we will repair the area with loam & seed. We do not repair sprinkler systems that have been installed in the Town right-of-way. The property owner or resident is responsible for the repairs.
Yes, when snow is predicted a parking ban will be put into effect for at least 24 hours to assist the snowplow operation. The information will be broadcast over the local TV and radio stations.
If it snows on the day your trash and recycling is scheduled to be picked up, please put your containers in a location where they are less likely to be affected by the snowplow operation, such as a corner of your driveway and a couple of feet off the edge of the road. Plows must push snow to the sides of the road and cannot avoid containers placed along the edge of the road.
If it snows yard waste pick-up will be delayed. The Public Works Department is responsible for yard waste pickup and must plow snow first. When it snows we ask that you do not put your yard waste out by the curb. The snowplow will probably knock the bags over or they may lose strength and break.
Yard waste is picked for the month of January. This includes Christmas trees and yard waste bags. Please do not overfill fill your bags or make them too heavy. The weight limit is 45 lbs. If they are too heavy we will be unable to lift them into our trucks. Bags that are left at the curb for extended periods may become weak and break. Only put your yard waste at the curb a day before it is scheduled for pick up.
The amount of salary deferrals you can contribute to retirement plans is your individual limit each calendar year no matter how many plans you're in. This limit must be aggregated for these plan types:
If you’re in a 457(b) plan, you have a separate limit that includes both employee and employer contributions.
Make sure you don’t exceed your individual limit. If you do and the excess isn’t returned by April 15 of the next year, you could be subject to double taxation:
The amount you can defer (including pre-tax and Roth contributions) to all your plans (not including 457(b) plans) is $22,500 in 2023 ($20,500 in 2022; $19,500 in 2020 and 2021; $19,000 in 2021). Although a plan's terms may place lower limits on contributions, the total amount allowed under the tax law doesn’t depend on how many plans you belong to or who sponsors those plans.
You’re 40 years old and defer $2,500 in pre-tax and designated Roth contributions to your company’s 401(k) plan in 2020. You terminate employment and go to work for an unrelated employer and participate in your new employer’s 401(k) plan immediately. The maximum you may defer to your new employer’s plan in 2020 is $17,000 (your $19,500 individual limit - $2,500 that you’ve already deferred to your former employer’s 401(k)). The amount you can defer to both plans can’t exceed your individual limit for that year.
If you are age 50 or older by the end of the year, your individual limit is increased by $7,500 in 2023; $6,500 in 2020, 2021 and 2022 ($6,000 in 2015 - 2019) (the catch-up contribution amount). This means your individual limit increases from $22,500 to $30,000 in 2023; $27,000 in 2022; $19,000 to $26,000 in 2020 and 2021; ($19,000 to $25,000 in 2019) even if neither plan allows age-50 catch-up contributions (IRC Section 414(v) and Treas. Regs. 1.402(g)-2).
You’re 50 years old and participate in both a 401(k) and a 403(b) plan. Both plans permit the maximum contributions for 2020, $19,500; but the 403(b) doesn’t allow age-50 catch-ups. You can still contribute a total of $26,000 in pre-tax and designated Roth contributions to both plans. Your contributions can’t exceed either:
Although plans may set lower deferral limits, the most you can contribute to a plan under tax law rules is the lesser of:
If you’re self-employed, generally your compensation is your net earnings from self-employment (see Calculating Your Own Retirement Plan Contribution and Deduction).
You are 52 years old and participate in a 401(k) plan with Company #1 and a SIMPLE IRA plan with an unrelated employer Company #2. You receive $10,000 in compensation in 2020 from Company #1 and another $10,000 from Company #2. You can’t defer more than $10,000 to either plan (for example, $12,000 to the 401(k) plan and $8,000 to the SIMPLE IRA plan) because your deferrals to each employer’s plan can’t exceed 100% of your compensation from that employer.
Your individual limit may be increased by as much as $3,000 if your 403(b) plan allows a 15-year catch-up contribution. The 15-year catch-up is separate from the age-50 catch-up. If you’re eligible and the plan allows both types of catch-ups, your contributions above your annual limit are considered to have been made first under the 15-year catch-up.
See the 403(b) contribution limits and Publication 571, Tax-Sheltered Annuity Plans (403(b) Plans), for more information on 403(b) contributions and catch-ups.
Although rare, your plan may limit the amount you can defer to an amount less than the allowed deferrals for that plan type for the year.
A plan with a 401(k) feature may also reduce the amount you can defer to ensure that the plan meets nondiscrimination requirements. The plan may return some of your deferrals even if they don’t exceed your individual limit.
You have a separate deferral limit if you’re also eligible to participate in a 457(b) plan. See 457(b) Plan Contribution Limits. It is not combined with your deferrals made to a 403(b) or other plans.
Elective deferrals - In 2023, you may defer the lesser of $22,500 or 100% of your includible compensation to a 457(b) plan ($20,500 in 2022; $19,500 in 2020 and 2021). The plan may also permit catch-up contributions.
Catch-up deferrals - A governmental 457(b) plan may allow age-50 catch-ups of an additional $7,500 in 2023 ($6,500 in 2020, 2021 and 2022 and $6,000 in 2015 - 2019).
Special 457(b) catch-up deferrals - the plan may allow a special “last 3-year catch-up,” which allows you to defer in the three years before you reach the plan’s normal retirement age:
If a governmental 457(b) allows both the age-50 catch-up and the 3-year catch-up, you can use the one that allows a larger deferral but not both.
You’re in a 457(b) and a 403(b) plan, and each plan allows the maximum deferrals for 2021. You may be able to defer:
If you do exceed your contribution limits, to avoid double taxation, contact your plan administrator and ask them to distribute any excess amounts. The plan should distribute the excess contribution to you by April 15 of the following year (or an earlier date specified in the plan). For information about taxes on excess contributions, see What Happens When an Employee has Elective Deferrals in Excess of the Limits?
When deciding from which plan to request a distribution of excess contributions keep in mind:
Call or go to the Treasurer's office to request an updated form. It is encouraged that you bring a voided check with you to update your information.
Due to security concerns, no completed forms or changes will be accepted via email. No exceptions.
Appeals are petitions to the Zoning Board of Appeals under Section 2.1.2 of the Zoning By-Laws in accordance with § 8 of Chapter 40A of the Massachusetts General Laws, including petitions from any person aggrieved by reason of inability to obtain a permit or enforcement action from any administrative officer under the provisions of the Town of Seekonk Zoning By-laws or Chapter 40A of the Massachusetts General Laws, by the Southeastern Regional Planning Council, or by any person including an officer or Board of the Town of Seekonk, or of an abutting city or town aggrieved by an order or decision of the Building Official, other administrative official, or Board of the Town of Seekonk in violation of any provision of the Town of Seekonk Zoning By-laws and/or Chapter 40A of the Massachusetts General Laws. Prior to making a decision on an appeal, including under Section 2.1.3, the Board may request the opinion of the Planning Board and one or more expert consultants selected by the Board as qualified to advise as to whether a proposed use will conform to performance standards contained in the Zoning By-Laws.
Special Permits allow a use that would not be appropriate generally or without restriction throughout the zone, but which if controlled as to number, area, location or relation to the neighborhood, would promote the public health, safety, morals, or general welfare. Such uses may be permitted in such zone by special permit, by specific provision for such special permit uses made in the Zoning By-Laws. Special permits shall be issued only for uses which are in harmony with the general purpose and intent of the Zoning By-Laws and only upon subjecting the specially allowed use to general or specific provisions set forth in the Zoning By-Laws, as appropriate. Special permits may impose conditions, safeguards and limitations on time and/or use. Every special permit must be duly recorded before it expires in order to take effect.
Variances are a relaxation of the terms of the Zoning By-Laws where such variance will not be contrary to the public interest or nullify or substantially derogate from the intent of the Zoning By-Laws and where, owing to circumstances relating to the soil conditions, shape, or topography of such land or structures but not affecting generally the zoning district in which it is located and not the result of any action or inaction of the owner or applicant, a literal enforcement of the Zoning By-Laws would involve substantial hardship, financial or otherwise to the petitioner or appellant. Establishment or expansion of a use or activity otherwise prohibited (i.e. a use variance) shall not be allowed by variance. Conditions, safeguards and limitations of both time and use may be applied. Every variance must be duly recorded before it expires in order to take effect.
The Zoning Board of Appeals is empowered to hear and decide applications for Special Permits, and petitions for Variances from property owners or duly authorized applicants, as well as, appeals or petitions from any person aggrieved by reason of inability to obtain a permit or enforcement action from any administrative officer under the provisions of the Town of Seekonk Zoning By-laws or Chapter 40A of the Massachusetts General Laws, by the Southeastern Regional Planning Council, or by any person including an officer or Board of the Town of Seekonk, or of an abutting city or town aggrieved by an order or decision of the Building Official, or other administrative official, in violation of any provision of the Town of Seekonk Zoning By-laws and/or Chapter 40A of the Massachusetts General Law.