Functions & Responsbilities:
The Treasurer's Office is responsible to many of the town's financial functions including employee payroll, vendor bills, tax title, short and long term borrowing for debt and reconciliation of all Town bank accounts.The Collector's Office is responsible for the collection of all bills issued by the Town. (Motor Vehicle Excise, Personal Property, Real Estate, Water/Sewer, & Tax Title. We are also responsible for collection of monies from other town departments.
Payments can be made:
At the Town Hall in the Treasurer/Collector's Office located at:
78 Hopedale St, Hopedale, Ma 01747 or,
Left in the dropbox in the front of the building.
You may mail your checks to:
Town of Hopedale P.O. Box 397, Fitchburg, Ma 01420.
You may also pay online at:
Please Note: Any checks generated by your bank’s online bill pay service can take anywhere from 7-10 business days to be received in the Collector’s Office so please plan accordingly. Also, to help process your payment correctly you MUST include the TAX YEAR, BILL NUMBER and what the origin of the payment is for. Failure to include this information may put your payment at risk of further FEES and INTEREST.
Property Tax Bills
Real Estate Tax Bills and Personal Property Tax Bills are mailed 4 times a year:
June 30th, December 30th, March 31st and September 30th.
The bill is a one-page form with a Remittance stub and a Taxpayer copy.
Preliminary Tax Bills: mailed on or before July 1st
Actual Tax Bills: mailed on or before December 31st
The Preliminary bills, which are the 1st and 2nd installments of the fiscal year, are due on August 1st and November 1st. The preliminary tax amount is based on the average of the prior fiscal year’s annual bill. The actual bill, the 3rd and 4th quarter installments are due on February 1st and May 1st. The actual bills are calculated after the tax rate is set, typically in November. Bills not paid by the due date accrue 14% interest per annum from the due date forward. Postmark dates are not accepted.
Excise Tax Bills
Annually the Commonwealth of Massachusetts allows each city or town to collect a tax for the ownership of a motor vehicle. It is based on $25.00 per $1,000 valuation, determined by the Registry of Motor Vehicles. The major portion of these excise tax bills are usually sent out in February of each year. If you change your vehicle you will receive another bill during the year, however adjustments are made if plates are transferred or turn back into the Registry. To receive this adjustment you must bring proof to the Assessors Office. The proceeds of the Tax Bill stays in the city or town and helps reduce the real estate property tax assessed. Some states call this a personal property tax.
FY2017 Real Estate & Personal Proptery Tax Due Dates:
August 1, 2016
November 1, 2016
February 1, 2017
May 1, 2017
Residential - $16.83
Commercial / Industrial - $27.06