Lexington, Massachusetts
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Assessor

Comptroller

Treasurer/Collector

Finance Department

Pay Bills Online

Abandoned and Unclaimed Funds

 

FY14 Tax Rates:

Residential: $15.51 per $1,000 of assessed value

Commercial/Industrial
/Personal: $29.76 per $1,000 of assessed value

 

 

Tax Collector/Treasurer's 
Office

Notice: The Abandoned and Unclaimed Funds list(PDF) is now available. Please go to the Abandoned and Unclaimed Funds page for information on how to retrieve your check, or contact the Treasurer/ Collector's Office directly (see below). The Treasurer/Collector's Office must receive all claims by April 22.

Contact Information          

Office Hours:  8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Monday -Friday
Postal Address:  1625 Massachusetts Avenue, Lexington, MA 02420 
Location:  Town Hall, 1625 Massachusetts Avenue, First Floor

Telephone:  For questions about your tax bill, status of payments, or any other tax-related information please call (781) 698-4600
                           or
                  (781) 862-0500 and then use the extension 84600.

Fax:  (781) 860-7003
e-mail address: taxoffice@lexingtonma.gov

Personnel Directory: all numbers are in area code (781)

Assistant Tax Collector Paul Douglas 698-4602
Account Clerk Carole Kelly 698-4603
Account Clerk Suzanne Ascenzo 698-4604
Treasurer's Assistant Karen Jackman 698-4605
Treasurer/Collector Arnold F. Lovering 698-4601

Description of Services

The Treasurer/Collector is appointed by the Town Manager and supervised by the Assistant Town Manager for Finance.  The Tax Collector and staff:

  • Issue over 100,000 bills each fiscal year, including real estate and personal property taxes (quarterly), motor vehicle excise tax (annually) and water and sewer charges (semi-annually). 
  • Process parking ticket payments and issue refunds for abatements granted by the Board of Assessors.  
  • Pursue timely collection of all bills and maintain a collection rate of over 98% of property tax bills. 
  • Establish and maintain Tax Title accounts on delinquent real estate tax accounts.  

The Treasurer is responsible for the receipt, investment and disbursement of all Town funds.  The Treasurer and office staff:

  • Manage all town bank accounts;
  • Conduct both short term and long term borrowing for the Town;
  • Invest available funds;  and
  • Manage School Student Activity Accounts, specialized bank accounts set up for each elementary and secondary school for the processing of collection and spending of funds supplied by the students for their extracurricular activities.

 

Municipal Lien Certificate Pricing

$25 -- Residential

$50 -- Condominium

$150 -- Commercial

 

FY2014 Real Estate Tax Information

 

Property taxes can be paid on-line

Real estate taxes are calculated as follows:

  • The amount of tax shown on the 1st and 2nd quarter bills (issued July 1 and October 1 respectively) is estimated. Generally, each bill is based on 1/4 of the prior year tax bill plus amounts to reflect the 2.5% growth in the Town's tax levy allowed under Proposition 2 1/2.  
  • The 3rd and 4th quarter bills (issuance dates of January 1st and April 1st respectively) are actual tax bills based on tax rates adopted by the Board of Selectmen in December 2012. The approved Fiscal Year 2014 tax rates are as follows:
    • For residential properties, $15.51 per $1,000 of assessed value.
    • For commercial and industrial properties and for personal property, $29.56 per $1,000 of assessed value.

Also, all quarterly bills include an amount for the annual Community Preservation Act surcharge approved at the Town election on March 6, 2006 and any Betterments or unpaid Water/Sewer Bills liened to the Real Estate bills.

  • For residential property owners, the CPA surcharge is calculated as 3% of a parcel's net tax, which is the fiscal year residential tax rate multiplied by a parcel's assessed property value minus $100,000.  For commercial and industrial property owners, the surcharge is calculated as 3% of a parcel's full assessed value multiplied by the commercial/industrial tax rate.
  • Please note that certain qualifying property taxpayers are eligible for an exemption from the CPA surcharge or might meet the criteria for other exemptions for disabled veterans, elderly, or blind persons.

Applications for property tax abatements and CPA surcharge exemptions can be filed at the Assessor's Office.  The deadline for filing for an application for property tax abatements is the due date of the 3rd Quarter tax bill, which is typically February 1st.  For more information, please contact the Assessor's Office.

If you have questions on how your tax was determined, you should contact the Assessors Office. If you have questions on payments, you should contact the Collector's Office.

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