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Term of office. There shall be a Board of Assessors consisting of three members.
Authorities and responsibilities. The Board of Assessors annually make a fair cash valuation of all of the estate, both real and personal, subject to taxation within the Town. They annually determine the annual tax rate necessary to meet all sums voted by the Town. They hear and decide all questions relating to the abatement of taxes levied by it. They have all of the other powers, duties and responsibilities which are given to Boards of Assessors by general laws. The Board of Assessors is an advisory and regulatory committee of the Town.
Town Council: The Board of Assessors interacts with the Town Council for the purpose of annually providing the Council with the necessary classification rate information for the holding of classification hearings, to include exemption recommendations, as well as to advise the Town Council on legislative and policy matters concerning valuation, classification, abatements, and otherwise. The Board of Assessors interacts primarily with the Council Committee on Finance, in order to advise on the aforementioned issues.
Town Manager: The Board of Assessors interacts with the Town Manager primarily through the Assessing Division of the Administrative Services Department, the latter which performs the necessary administrative functions necessary to implement the Board's determinations. The Town Manager otherwise provides support as requested or required by law.
Editor's Note: Original Section 7.00, Building Code Board of Appeals Board, which immediately followed this section, was deleted 2-19-1998 by Order No. 98-067.