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SHIRLEY — The fiscal year 2006 third quarter Real Estate and personal property tax bills were mailed on Friday, Dec. 30, and are due in the collector’s office by Feb. 1.

The FY06 tax bills are mailed to the owners of record as of Jan. 1, 2005. If you purchased property after that date, and do not receive a tax bill please call Holly Haase in the collector’s office at (978) 425-2600, ext. 210, or e-mail hhaase@shirley-ma.gov.

For those in the sewer district, this bill reflects the Sewer Betterment Charge for FY06. There are two areas on the bill that show the betterment charge. On the bottom portion of the bill there is an area called Special Assessments. The Sewer Bett is your yearly Sewer Betterment payment, and Sewer Bett C is the Sewer Betterment Committed Interest of 2 percent on the unpaid balance.

This bill, unlike the bills paid in August and November, reflects the actual value of the property and the actual tax rate. The August and November bills are estimated bills based on what was paid in FY05. The tax rate for FY06 is $10.72 per thousand dollars of valuation.

Although this is not a revaluation year, there are value changes on the tax bills. This is according to state law, which says the assessors must do an Interim Year Adjustment on property values to reflect the market. Anyone who feels their property is over valued has until Feb. 1 to file an application for abatement with the assessors’ office. Applications may be picked up at either the collector’s office or the assessors’ office. They may also be obtained at www.shirley-ma.gov. On the Web site, click finance, then go to the Board of Assessors page. The applications are under Property Information.

Please be advised that filing the abatement application does not mean the taxes do not have to be paid. In order to avoid any interest and penalty charges the taxes must be paid by Feb. 1.

Property owners who qualify for Disabled Veterans, Elderly, Blind, or Surviving Spouse and have not yet filled out their applications are advised that they have 90 days after the bills are mailed to do so.

If you have any questions regarding abatements or exemptions call Rebecca Caldbeck at the assessors’ office at (978) 425-2600, ext. 220. Office hours for the assessors’ office are Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday evenings from 6:30 to 9 p.m. and Fridays from 9 a.m. to noon.

Property owners are advised to forward the bills to their mortgage companies as soon as possible. According to state law the bills are mailed to the assessed owner of the property, and it is the owner’s responsibility to see that the mortgage company gets the tax bill.

Online payments are available for FY06 Real Estate and personal property tax bills. To access the Shirley file and make payments, go to www.shirley-ma.gov, click finance, town collector, then the MCC e-bill icon for making payments via the Web. Follow the directions to register and make your payment. Please note that there is a charge of 25 cents for each transaction made using either your savings or checking account. Online payment is only available for the current fiscal year. If you have past due accounts please contact the collector’s office.

Office hours for walk-in service are Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Friday from 9 a.m. to noon. Evening and Saturday hours are available by appointment.

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