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SHIRLEY — First-quarter real-estate and personal property preliminary tax bills were mailed on Thursday, July 1, with payment due in the Collector’s Office by Monday, Aug. 2.

For the convenience of taxpayers, Shirley is returning to mailing bills in all four quarters. The due dates for payment are Aug. 2, Nov. 1, Feb. 1 and May 1.

When making a payment, tear off the top portion of the bill and mail it with the check. Those who escrow their taxes should forward the coupon to their mortgage company as soon as possible. According to state law, the bills must be mailed to the property owner, and it is the property owner’s responsibility to see that the mortgage company gets the tax bill for payment.

These are estimated bills based on the total net taxes that were assessed during fiscal 2010. Because the bills are estimated, property values are not on the bills. Property values will appear on the third quarter bills, which will be mailed by Dec. 13.

Online payments can be made at www.shirley-ma.gov. Click on the Pay Bills tab on the far right. Online payments are only available for the current fiscal year taxes. For past due accounts, contact the Collector’s Office.

To correct a mailing address or the spelling of a name, contact the sssessors office at 978-425-2600, ext. 220, or e-mail assessor@shirley-ma.gov.

Office hours for collections and walk-in service are Monday, 9 a.m.-9 p.m., and Tuesday through Thursday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Appointments can be made for times the Town Office Building is closed.

For questions concerning tax bills, contact Town Collector Holly J. Haase at 978-425-2600, ext. 210, or at hhaase@shirley-ma.gov.

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