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Yes. If the tree has been deemed hazardous by a qualified professional (arborist, tree company, etc.) then you may apply for an Administrative Approval here that is issued by the Conservation Agent for the removal of 1-4 trees. Additional trees may require an appropriate application and approval by the Conservation Commission.
If you wish to remove healthy, non hazardous trees for the purpose of extending lawn or similar, then the appropriate application (RDA or NOI) must be submitted and voted upon by the Conservation Commission.
If you are unsure which process is necessary, please contact the Conservation Agent at email@example.com or 508-281-8984.
If you received an abutter's notification in the mail, that means that there is a proposed project within 100' or 200' of your property. You may contact the Conservation Assistant, Lara Davis, for additional information on the application, project description, and time of date of the public hearing. Please be sure to put the referenced address of the project within your email so we can appropriately address any questions.
Public hearings for wetland permits are limited to the Commission's jurisdiction under the Wetlands Protection Act and the Southborough Wetlands Bylaw. Any members of the public are welcome to attend our hearings, but are not required. All public hearings have a public comment section in which any related concerns or questions may be heard.
You may first look at our online GIS mapping system and check off 'DEP Wetlands' under the Layers tab. You may also contact the Conservation Agent, Melissa Danza, to determine if there are any past or open permits on your property. Note that these online systems are for reference only and does not certify that there are or are not wetlands on the property. For an official determination, you would need a professional wetland scientist to determine any boundaries.
To find property information, please refer to our GIS mapping system. Please note that this is used for Assessing purposes and does not depict true property boundaries. For property boundary disputes, you must hire a Licensed Professional Surveyor independently. The Town does not provide these services.
Check out the calendar on the Southborough Senior Center website.
Curb to Curb transportation is available at affordable rates for Senior Southborough Residents. Door-to-door service is also available if needed upon request.
For more information on this service please contact the MetroWest Regional Transit Authority at 508-820-4650 to set up an account or contact Cindy Beard at the Senior Center for more information regarding this service.
Hours are Monday and Wednesday, 10 am to 2 pm.
There are many reasons why you may need to be tested such as:
Free local PCR Testing Site: As of March 31, 2023, all free PCR testing sites in Massachusetts have closed.
If you need help locating antigen testing or a site to get PCR tested, please call your primary care provider. Stay home if you are symptomatic and let a doctor know about your symptoms.
Email Marijke Munsiff, EDC Coordinator, or by call 508-485-0710, ext. 3011.
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New England Center for Children, ikaSystems, Fay School, and St. Mark’s School.
Southborough’s broadly diversified business base is comprised of 19 of the 20 recognized industry sectors. Our leading industry “Super Sectors” include:
Our Committee members have a broad spectrum of backgrounds and experience. We almost always operate by a broad consensus of our members, although, there is rarely a shortage of differing points of view. We welcome public attendance and participation in our meetings and events. We also talk to other residents, friends, contacts, Town officials, and other board and committee members and invite their feedback. We have an open-door policy and welcome public input.
The Committee supports efforts that enhance the quality of life for residents, businesses, and their employees, and it recognizes the inherent value of open space preservation in our community. The EDC believes that business and open space preservation can coexist and reinforce one another. The preservation of open space enhances and supports a sustainable environment and our economy. At the same time, a thriving local economy helps generate the funding needed to support open space preservation.
We have one interest group only - the residents. We assist businesses and non-profits doing business in Southborough to the extent their activities benefit the residents. As one of several EDC initiatives, we assist brokers and companies looking to locate in Southborough because occupied buildings are worth more than vacant ones, and increased property values bring higher property taxes for the Town. That tax revenue helps fund core services for our residents including, schools, roads, library, emergency services, and more.
To become a Committee volunteer, submit your interests and personal/professional background information on the Town's volunteer information sheet, found here. You can also email the EDC Coordinator, Marijke Munsiff or call 508-485-0710, ext. 3011. The EDC generally meets with interested volunteers, prior to recommendation for appointment by the Board of Selectmen.
The EDC is a volunteer Committee of Southborough residents with a diversity of backgrounds who want to assist the Town in maintaining and enhancing a prosperous and sustainable economy. The EDC consists of up to 9 members, appointed by the Board of Selectmen for staggered terms of 3 years. The EDC welcomes all residents who are interested in furthering the EDC mission to join us as a member or to attend our meetings and events.
Yes. Many Town Boards and Committees have coordinators or paid employees, such as the Planning Department, Conservation Commission, Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA), Board of Selectmen, and Town Clerk. In the modern economy, economic development has become a core government function, evidenced by the widespread establishment of economic development organizations at the local, state, and national levels. In Massachusetts, a high percent of municipalities have an economic development committee or organization in some form. The EDC needs a coordinator to provide consistency of effort on numerous EDC objectives and projects, and to coordinate the scheduling, outreach, and support of the Committee to over 600 businesses and non-profits in Southborough.
With our town's good fiscal discipline, the EDC's mission is to help stabilize residential taxes through the growth of the commercial tax base, while preserving the unique character and charm of Southborough. Assessed commercial values are up $300,000 from the last fiscal year - a direct offset to residential taxes. With over 100 new jobs created in 2016, funding the EDC pays for itself and preserves an approximate $6 million commercial and industrial tax base to the benefit of all residents. This represents approximately 15.5% of the Town's total tax revenues. The EDC also supports historic preservation, open space, and other efforts that enhance the quality of life for our residents, businesses and their employees.
The EDC assists the residential, non-profit, and business community by providing management, technical assistance, and other resources. Some of our free services include:
The EDC measures performance using recognized quantitative metrics, including:
These are well-established metrics upon which economic development organizations (EDOs) measure performance. A number of qualitative measures are also compiled, including testimonials, adherence to the Economic Development Recommendations within the Town's Master Plan, and improving organized efforts to promote local businesses.
The Economic Development Committee ("EDC") was established as a permanent standing committee by vote at Town Meeting on April 27, 2017. From 2013 to April 2017, the EDC had been established as an Ad Hoc Committee to the Board of Selectmen. The EDC is permanently established to expand and strengthen the local economy, promote job creation, and enhance the Town's quality of life through prosperous, balanced, and sustainable economic development that retains the distinct character and charm of Southborough.
Economic development aids in building and sustaining a healthy economy for sustainable community development, including the following benefits:
Increase Commercial Tax Base:
Job Creation and Retention:
Business Retention and Expansion:
Productive Use of Property:
Quality of Life:
View additional Economic Development Metrics.
Economic Development is community development. The main objective of economic development for Southborough is to sustain and improve economic, social, and environmental well-being through initiatives that promote job creation and retention, enhance and expand the tax base, and support the development of infrastructure and amenities that improve our core services and quality of life.
To participate in the program and obtain a marker for a home or other structure, property owners (applicants) would be asked to ensure that the structure meets two or more of the criteria outlined below:
This project is addressing Hopkinton’s request to gain access to the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority (MWRA) water supply system by a connection through Southborough’s water system (which is already a part of the MWRA water supply system).
Hopkinton approached Southborough with the proposal for this project. Hopkinton is making this request because Hopkinton’s current water supply sources (via wells into the underground aquifers) have become contaminated by various chemicals, and no other reasonable water supply options are available for Hopkinton. Southborough is the most practical connection for Hopkinton to the MWRA water system.
The answer to this question is a firm “no”. Southborough is fortunate to be a part of the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority (MWRA) system and to have the Town’s water system completely supplied by the MWRA. The primary MWRA reservoirs (Quabbin and Wachusett) contain approximately 475 billion gallons of water, which is approximately a 6-year supply for the 60 or so MWRA water communities. The recent drought conditions do affect cities and towns that depend on non-MWRA sources for their water (such as wells or rivers), but the MWRA has an abundance of water, and this abundance is expected to continue into the foreseeable future.
The answer to this question is a definite “yes”. The MWRA currently has excess water delivery capability of approximately 100 million gallons per day. The MWRA is seeking to sell an additional 20 million gallons per day of this excess capacity to new “water communities” such as Hopkinton. Selling this additional water will actually benefit all MWRA water communities, including Southborough, as this will generate additional MWRA revenue to cover the water system fixed costs for all participants. As context, Southborough currently uses an average of about 880,000 gallons per day of MWRA water, and Hopkinton wants to use an average of about 1,060,000 gallons per day.
The answer to this question is a firm “no”. In fact, there may be a few parts of Southborough that will see increased water pressure and may require the installation of pressure-reducing devices
Southborough and Hopkinton will need to have a to-be-agreed-upon Inter-Municipal Agreement (IMA) that will specify the financial and other terms of an arrangement for this project. The Southborough Select Board (with support from Town Counsel and others) will draft the initial version of this agreement, as the basis for discussion/negotiation with Hopkinton. The respective Select Boards have the authority to sign the IMA on behalf of their towns.
It is expected that Town Meeting will be asked to fund an independent engineering review of the project. The current engineering firm for this project works for both Southborough and Hopkinton, so Southborough plans to seek an independent opinion. Any funding beyond this engineering review that might need Town Meeting approval depends on the terms of an Inter-Municipal Agreement (IMA) that will specify the financial and other terms of an arrangement for this project. If Hopkinton pays for all of the project costs, Town Meeting approval (beyond the initial independent engineering review) would not be required. This was the case for Southborough’s existing IMA with Ashland, which was not voted on by Town Meeting, whereby Southborough supplies MWRA “emergency” water to Ashland.
This will depend on the terms of the IMA. The “best case” for Southborough is no cost with Hopkinton paying for the full cost of the project (including reimbursement for the cost of the independent engineering review).
This possibility will be addressed in the IMA. There is also a potential supply limit that may be imposed by the MWRA, as they have set limits on the total amount of water they are willing to supply to “new” MWRA water communities.
Yes, Southborough will arrange for an independent engineering review of the project. Southborough will pay for this review initially, but it is possible that the IMA may include terms that provide for reimbursement of this expense.
The Select Board has the authority to sign the IMA. Any Town funding for this project needs to be approved by Town Meeting.
The Select Board will continue to solicit comments from relevant boards and committees and from residents and will arrange for the independent engineering review. In parallel to these activities, the Select Board (with support from Town Counsel and others) will work to create an initial IMA draft for discussion/negotiation with Hopkinton. The Select Board intends to have a draft IMA and a proposed budget for the independent engineering review to present to the next Annual Town Meeting.
The project activities through the signing of an IMA will be managed by the Select Board, as the legal authority for signing any IMA that governs the project. The IMA is expected to contain the details of project governance and management going forward.
Southborough has an agreement with the MWRA for a supply of water that is more than adequate to meet Southborough’s needs going forward. The project-related upgrades to Southborough’s system will provide sufficient capacity for Hopkinton, regardless of Southborough’s future water needs. The project engineering includes a build-out analysis to account for likely water demand growth in both communities (and to allow for Hopkinton’s potential growth in water demand from the fact that much of Hopkinton does not currently have access to the municipal water supply). Additionally, water usage for MWRA communities has been steadily declining for the past 20+ years (down by about one-third over this period—due to such factors as water conservation programs, use of more water-efficient plumbing fixtures, and fixing leaks in the water distribution systems), so the MWRA has an ample supply of water for Southborough and Hopkinton and all other MWRA water communities.
Such contamination is not possible because of the structure of the Southborough system, the installation of a backflow device at the interconnection point and the fact that Hopkinton will no longer be drawing water from the contaminated sources.
The engineers did consider this alternative, but this has a number of major drawbacks, including:
As for a potential MWRA role in building a new pipeline for Hopkinton, the MWRA builds only its own infrastructure and not any local community infrastructure.
Aside from the issues of “being a good neighbor” and “helping someone in need of help”, Southborough benefits from reaching an agreement with Hopkinton at this time. Because Hopkinton is facing a potential public health emergency if a safe source of drinking water for Hopkinton residents is not secured through an agreement with Southborough, there could at some point be external pressure on Southborough to allow this MWRA connection for Hopkinton. By proactively addressing this issue with Hopkinton, Southborough can likely have much more flexibility in reaching an acceptable agreement with Hopkinton—versus having an external entity (such as the State) determine the terms of such an agreement.
Town residents can attend (or view) public meetings related to this project and make comments about this project in these meetings. Residents can also write letters or send email messages to the Town boards considering this project. For information related to this project, the DPW web page has a link that provides access to project documents (via the “2022 Projects” tab and then the “Hopkinton Water Connection” tab).
Yes, both burglar and fire alarms must be registered. Please contact the Fire Department for information regarding registering your fire alarms.
Burglar Alarm Registration (PDF)
The amended bylaw is effective July 1, 2004.
The Southborough Police Department provides this service free of charge at the police station. Please call the SPD and ask for either Officer Kevin Landry or Officer Jeff Norton. Please leave a message on their voice mail and they will call you back for an appointment.
As a rule, Heritage Day is held on the Monday in October that falls on Columbus Day. There are other festivities that occur on the weekend like the traditional Southborough Road Race, which is held on the Sunday before Heritage Day. A parade starts at 10 am, and there are booths with information about Southborough Town Government, local businesses, pizza, shows, music, etc. located on the lawn of St. Mark's School.
Chapter 90, sec 7AA and 13A of the motor vehicle laws control this important area of safety. Basically, when riding in motor vehicles, infants and small children must ride in a federally approved child passenger restraint until they are at least five years old and they weigh over 40 pounds. Children under 5 and over 40 pounds must ride in a booster seat. Children 5 or older and more than 40 pounds must use a seatbelt, but a booster seat is recommended.
Yes. Per the Town bylaw number 133, no individual or group shall solicit door-to-door on private property between half an hour after sunset and 7 am. Also, solicitors are asked to register with the Police Department and must provide the names of the solicitors, make, model, color, and registration of the vehicles being used in connection with the solicitation.
Per the Town Bylaw Number 110-1, No hunting is allowed on public or private property without written permission from the landowner. Hunters must have this written permission in their possession at the time of hunting.
The Transfer Station, operated by the D.P.W., is open Wednesday through Saturday from 8 am to 6 pm.
Transfer Station Information
There will be no parking on any public way in the Town of Southborough from 12 midnight until 6 am; and furthermore, there will be no parking on any public way during any snowstorm in the Town of Southborough. Vehicles parked will be towed at the owner's expense (according to the Town's Code).
This Ban will be in effect from December 1, 2012 through March 15, 2013. Illegal parking during unusual storms occurring before or after the Ban will be dealt with according to Section 152-6 of the Code of the Town of Southborough.
Contact DPW at (508) 485-0710 x 5551
On the home page under "Volunteer Positions", you can see a list of current openings. The Select Board's Office also maintains a file of committee applications, so you can apply for a position at any time. Staff will review this file during annual appointments in the spring as well as throughout the year when a vacancy occurs.
Under “Select Board” on the town website, you can click on a link to e-mail any member of the Select Board. You can also call the Select Board’s Office at 508-485-0710 to leave a message for a board member or send an email to the Select Board Office. The Select Board members hold office hours on a monthly basis. Please check the event calendar for any upcoming office hours to be held.
Typically, the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of the month at 6:30 pm in the Thomas McAuliffe Hearing Room on the second floor of the Southborough Town House.
Please call the Town House at 508-485-0710 to confirm meeting dates.
Find “Job Opportunities” to see current job openings. They are also posted on the bulletin board in the Town House. In addition, keep an eye on the Town’s Twitter account for updates like these and other news and information. Be sure to follow us - @17Common. Openings in the school department are posted on their website.
Typically the Select Board holds Office Hours on the second Tuesday of the month, from 5:00- 7:00 PM in the McAuliffe Hearing Room (second floor of the Town House). You do not need an appointment to discuss your questions or concerns with Board members.
The Town of Southborough utilizes Exchange Online (or Office 365) for its email system. There are several ways to access your Town Email Account.
Instructions for adding your Town Email to your mobile device will differ slightly depending on device type. Below are general instructions:
Note: you may be prompted to allow administrative access to your device. This may include the ability to perform a remote wipe of your device. There are 2 people with the ability to initiate this action. The first is you (the Owner of the device) and the other is the Technology Manager. It is important to know that under no circumstance will the Technology Manager perform a remote wipe of personal device. Town-issued devices may be wiped with written request of an employee's supervisor.
The Annual Town Election is held on the second Tuesday in May. The polls are open from 6:30 am to 8 pm.
All residents vote in the gym of the Trottier Middle School located at 49 Parkerville Road.
Marriage Licenses Information
You may register online at Online Voter Registration System or stop by the Clerk’s Office and complete an application.
Most of Southborough is in a protected watershed. The Sudbury reservoir serves as a backup drinking water supply for millions of people. For this reason, many of the trails surrounding the reservoir have dog-walking restrictions. Learn more about dog walking regulations (PDF) in town.
The month the rabies vaccination is due.
Yes. Thirty days before you need to renew your dog’s license, we will send a pre-printed application by mail to all dog owners.
You can apply in person at the Clerk’s office or download a blank form (PDF) and mail it in.
No. Call us and we'll mail a new tag to you for free. 508-485-0710, ext. 3006.
The Boroughs Loop Trail (BLT) is a 33-mile loop that connects the trail networks of Marlborough, Northborough, Westborough and Southborough initiated by the Marlborough Economic Development Commission.
This project was proposed to "strengthen the trails and greenways of the region as a means to make the Boroughs a more attractive and desirable location for employers, their employees and residents." (BLT Feasibility Study, January 2013 [PDF])
The project is a collaborative effort including a mix of municipalities, non-profits, land trusts, and state agencies.
Southborough committed to doing its part to open this section of trail and this initiative is helping to fulfill the town's commitment.
Rough estimate: $245,000 to $292,000 (excluding equipment rental)
Yes, the committee will be leveraging CPA funds as matching funds for a 2022 Mass Trails Recreation Grant Proposal. Funds from the MassTrails grants will only apply if the Committee is awarded a grant.
Bottom Line: The CPA funds will be used as matching funds to apply for a grant to fund a larger project as outlined in question Number 4 below. If no grant is awarded, the CPA funds will be used to complete the original CPA project as proposed in the CPA application.
A few possible options to expand the project where additional funds can be used:
The Committee confirmed that the town is covered for liability via its existing insurance policy. We would need to include a standard sign on the fence indicating the following: no trespassing/no climbing/private property.
A phased approach is underway to reach out to the trail neighbors to inform them of the public opening of the access road, to ask for their input, and to address any questions:
Yes. Currently, 3 to 4 cars can park at the gate at 142 Boston Road (intersection Route30 and Central Street) without blocking the gate.
Parking is also available along Central Street, near Fayville park (short walk to trailhead).
Parking may be available across from Stony Brook Road at a commercial site once proper permission is obtained.
You may fill out our form (DOC) which asks you to describe what amounts you are looking for and what property address the request is in relation to. Unfortunately, we do not typically provide this information "on the spot" since in some instances the data takes time to complete. Please allow 3 to 5 business days for a response.
You can pay your Real Estate, Personal Property, and Excise taxes, or your water bill online.
Please note there are convenience fees for Credit Cards which are disclosed prior to any payment. Checking account debits are free as of July 1, 2017.
Please Note: Overdue Accounts for RE and PP must be paid at Town Hall. Overdue accounts for auto excise must be paid at Town Hall or through our Deputy Collector kelleyryan.com
Transfer Station fees and permits please visit the Town Clerk Department either in person or online for any additional information and payment.
It is an annual tax for the privilege of registration. Anyone who registers a vehicle with the Registry of Motor Vehicles (RMV) will be billed based on the information supplied to the RMV on the registrant's application. Chapter 60A of the Mass. General laws imposes an excise on the privilege of registering a motor vehicle or a trailer in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Non-registered vehicles remain subject to taxation as personal property. The excise is levied by the city or town where the vehicle is principally garaged and the revenues becomes part of the local community treasury. The RMV prepares data for excise bills according to the information on the motor vehicle registration and sends it to the Town Assessors. Bills are then prepared based on the excise data sent by the RMV.
Anyone with Massachusetts’ license plates.
The rate is $25 per thousand of the valuation. This is the standard rate for the entire Commonwealth.
Based on valuation rates set by the state, vehicles are valued as follows:
Excise taxes are assessed annually on a calendar year basis by the Assessors of the town in which the vehicle is garaged as of January 1. If the motor vehicle is registered after January 31st, it is taxed for the period extending from the 1st day of the month in which it is registered to the end of the calendar year. For example, if a vehicle is registered on April 30, it will be taxable as of April 1, for the nine months of the year (April through December) and the excise due therefore, will be 9/12 of the full excise. In no event shall the excise be assessed for less than $5 nor shall an abatement or refund reduce an excise to less than $5.
You may qualify for an abatement when:
Abatements are pro-rated monthly by the Assessor's' Office. The abatement is calculated from the registration cancellation date to December 31st of the tax year.
Chapter 6GA, Section 1 of the Mass. General laws provides excise tax exemptions for vehicles owned by certain disabled individuals (blind, handicapped) and disabled veterans, ex-prisoners of war and their surviving spouses and certain charitable organizations. For ex-prisoners of war and their unmarried surviving spouses, the law allowing the exemption for the motor vehicle excise must be accepted by the city or town to be applicable.
You must file by December 31st of the following year. If your tax bill is issued after December 1st of the following year, you have thirty days from the date of issue of your bill to file an application. You must file all abatement applications through the Assessors Office 508-485-0710, ext. 3017).
Payment of excise is due within 30 days from the date the excise bill is issued. A person who does not receive a bill is still liable for the excise plus any interest and charges accrued. It is important to keep the Registry, the Town of Southborough, and the post office informed of a current name and address so that excise bills can be delivered promptly. All owners of motor vehicles must pay an excise tax. Therefore, it is the responsibility of the owner to contact the Treasurer's Office if you have not received a bill.
If an excise tax is not paid within 30 days from the issue date, the local collector sends a demand. The charge for the demand is $20. Interest accrues on the overdue bill from the day after the due date until the date of payment at a rate of 12%. If the demand is not answered within 14 days, the collector may issue a warrant to the deputy tax collector or an appointed agent. The warrant notice sent by the deputy collector to the taxpayer costs $22. If this notice is not answered than a final warrant, a service warrant, will be delivered or exhibited to the taxpayer at his/her residence at a fee of $17.
If the service warrant demanding final payment is ignored, the Deputy Collector may then notify the RMV of such non-payment, including all interest and fees. The Registry may then mark the individual's registration preventing the renewal of the vehicle registration and the owner's driver's license until such time any outstanding accounts are paid. Final payment will include a $20 release fee as final settlement of the excise. Upon payment the deputy collector will notify the Registry that the registration and/or license are now able to be renewed. It is strongly recommended to retain all receipts of excise bills paid.
If a motor vehicle owner moves within Massachusetts and has not paid an excise tax for the current year, they should notify the Assessor's Office at 508-485-0710, ext. 3017 of their new address. If the owner moved before the 1st of the year, they must pay the tax to the new community to which the owner moved. If the owner of a vehicle has moved to another state, notify the Assessor's Office and provide them with a copy of the registration form from the new state or the plate return receipt.
If an excise bill is received for a vehicle or trailer which has been sold, the seller must return the plate(s) to the Registry of Motor Vehicles, get a plate return receipt, and file an application for abatement together with the return plate receipt or new registration form and the bill of sale with the Assessor's Office. Note: It is important to remember that the bill for a vehicle you no longer own should not be ignored.
If an excise bill is received for a vehicle that was traded, and which was not owned in the calendar year stated on the bill, it is recommended to pay the bill and file an application for abatement with the Assessor's Office.
If the vehicle is stolen and not recovered within 30 days, the owner will be entitled to an abatement if they report the theft of the vehicle to the local police within 48 hours of discovery of the theft. After 30 days, the owner must surrender the certificate of registration and obtain a certificate from the RMV indicating that they have done so. The Assessor must also be notified and provided with the police report and a C-19 form (Affidavit of Lost or Stolen plate). The Assessor will then adjust the bill and grant an abatement for the remaining portion of the year.
Personal property is all tangible property other than real estate property, including, but not limited to: business equipment, office machinery, inventory, furniture, and fixtures not located at the owner's domicile on January 1.
In general, all tangible personal property situated in Massachusetts and all tangible personal property owned by Massachusetts domiciliaries is taxable unless expressly exempt. There are many exemptions, which are usually based on:
Individuals, partnerships, associations, trusts, limited liability companies, Massachusetts business and out of state corporations, limited liability companies filing federally as corporations, mutual insurance holding companies, Massachusetts and out of state manufacturing corporations and all other Massachusetts corporations subject to taxation under G.L. Chapter 63.
State Tax Form 2 is a form listing all personal property assets of an organization for the current fiscal year. Filing a form of list is required by statute. In the event that a taxpayer does not file a list, the assessor will ascertain, as best they can, the personal estate belonging to the taxpayer and will estimate its value. The form of list is not open to public inspection.
This form must be filed each year by individuals, partnerships, associations, trusts and corporations that own or hold taxable personal property on January 1, except telephone and telegraph companies and owners of pipelines that are required to file a personal property return with the Mass. Department of Revenue. Literary, temperance, benevolent, charitable, or scientific organizations that may be entitled to an exemption must file State Tax Form 3 ABC listing all property they own or hold for those purposes on January 1.
Forms of return must be filed by March 1 with the Board of Assessors in the city or town where the personal property is situated on January 1.
The information in the Form of List is used by the Board of Assessors to determine the taxable or exempt status of your personal property and, if taxable, its fair market value. Forms of List or not available to the public for inspection under the public records law.
Anyone who feels that their personal property is overvalued or exempt may file an abatement. You must file an abatement form at the Assessors Office between January 1 and February 1 of the current tax year. Only the current tax year is eligible for abatement or exemption.
Tools employed by a plumber, carpenter, auto mechanic and other trade professionals are exempt from the personal property tax. In legal terms, this covers "tools of trade" of a "mechanic" (e.g. tools that can fit in a box). Boats, fishing gear and nets - up to $10,000 in value - owned and used in a commercial fishing business are exempt. Computers are also subject to personal property tax, but in cases where they are utilized by a corporation for internal purposes only, computers are not subject to taxation. Tangible personal property subject to some other local tax is also exempt from the personal property tax. Additionally, intangible property (such as stocks, bonds, mortgages) is exempt from the personal property tax.
The tax rate for Fiscal 2023 is $14.76 per thousand.
100% of full and fair cash value.
The courts have defined this phrase to mean "current market value", the price arrived at by a willing buyer and a willing seller, each with a good knowledge of the market and each acting without undue 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.
Go to the Assessor's website or visit the Assessor's Office for this information.
The combination of Map and Lot is a unique parcel identifier assigned to each individual property in the Town of Southborough.
Please write or call the Assessor's Office at the following location:
Town Assessor17 Common StreetSouthborough, MA 01772
Phone: 508-485-0710, ext. 3016
The Community Preservation Act establishes a special fund with dedicated revenues to provide communities with additional financial resources to expand their open space, historic, recreational and community housing needs. The funds for this local option are derived from a 1% tax surcharge less a $100,000 value exemption on all residential property in Southborough. This act was adopted by Southborough voters on May 12, 2003.
Abatements must be filed with the Assessor's Office between January 1st and February 1st of the tax year.
Tax bills are mailed four times a year. The quarterly tax payments are due on the following dates: August 1st, November 1st, February 1st, May 1st. The bills are mailed 30 days prior to these due dates.
Please send payment and remittance slip to:
Town of Southborough - Treasurer's Office17 Common StreetSouthborough, MA 01772
Please make all checks payable to Town of Southborough.
You should request a duplicate tax bill via e-mail or by calling the Treasurer’s Office.
Tax payments must be received prior to or on the due date to avoid interest charges. If payment is not made within 30 days of the original date of mailing, the account will begin to accrue interest at the rate of 14% per annum, computed from when the bill was due. A demand notice will then be sent and a $20 charge added to the bill. If the account remains unpaid after June 30th of the fiscal year, a tax lien is placed on the property and is recorded with the Worcester County Registry of Deeds. A tax lien is the first step in the foreclosure process. All taxes, costs and interest must be paid to prevent foreclosure. A person who does not receive a bill is still liable for the real estate tax plus any interest and charges accrued.
If your taxes are escrowed by a bank or mortgage company, you will want to ensure that they make timely payment. If you have recently purchased, refinanced, or have a mortgage company that does not subscribe to a tax service, it will be up to you to notify them by forwarding your tax bill to them. Do not change your mailing address on your tax bill to be sent directly to the mortgage company.
Under state law, failure to receive a bill does not affect the validity of the tax or any interest / fines incurred due to late payment. It is the responsibility of the taxpayer to secure his/her tax bill when one is not received.
New owners will be automatically updated by the Assessors Office upon a receipt of the copy of the recorded deed from the Registry of Deeds. The Collector of Taxes is required by Massachusetts General Law to issue the bill to the assessed owner as of January 1. Therefore, the old owner and new owner will appear on a tax bill until the following January 1.
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 taxes due by the old owner is determined at the time of closing and is typically deducted from the selling price.
If you receive a bill within 6 weeks of the sale, please forward it to the new owner immediately as it is their responsibility to make payment.
A refund check is issued to a taxpayer who has a credit balance on their bill as of June 1st, provided they supply the Town with the proper information and they have no other outstanding taxes due. If the property has been sold during the fiscal year to a new owner, the date of transfer (deed date) and the information on the HUD settlement statement will determine who is eligible for the refund.
List the parcel ID (Map, Block, Lot), owner's name, property location, and include $25 per parcel requested and a self-addressed stamped envelope if you wish the municipal lien certificate mailed to you. Please allow 10 business days for processing. Mail your request to:
Treasurer / CollectorAttn: Treasurer17 Common StreetSouthborough, MA 01772
A request for the Virtual Meeting Room must be done through Outlook. The instructions below provide the steps when using the web interface.
You can also view the availability of each room by going to the following:
Here are a couple of things to keep in mind:
Yes. Attached is a checklist and a script for the Chair that boards and committees will need to follow to conduct a virtual meeting.
There are two reasons for this limitation:
When indicated, members of the public can join a meeting by dialing 312-626-6799 and entering the Meeting ID and Password indicated.
You will join the meeting as an "attendee" (or member of the audience) with the ability to hear the meeting, but you will not be able to address the meeting unless the chairperson permits you.
To indicate that you would like to address the meeting, press *9 on your telephone keypad to "raise your hand". If the chairperson calls on you to address the meeting (s)he will unmute you and indicate that you have been recognized. State your name and address for the record, and address the meeting.
If you would like to "lower your hand", press *9 again.
All minutes and the documents used at the meeting must continue to be submitted to the Town Clerk's office.
Prior to submitting an agenda to the Town Clerk's office, please verify that a virtual room is available for the time that you want to hold your meeting.