Town hires revaluation firm

The town has hired a Northboro, Mass., appraisal company to conduct this year's revaluation.

Vision Government Solutions emerged as the choice between two companies competing for the job, Assessor David Lisowski told The Bulletin late Tuesday afternoon. He said the firm is expected to get started on its revaluation work by the end of next week.

As reported last week, this is not the type of revaluation that requires physical inspection of properties — that takes place every 10 years.

Instead apppraisers will make cold call inspections on homes that have been sold within the past 18 months. Assessments are set at 70% of market value. Property owners will have the opportunity to challenge their assessment in an informal hearing with an appraiser from Vision.

There are 6,965 total commercial and residential properties as well as vacant land and exempt properties that will be reassessed. Mr. Lisowski must have the revaluation done by the end of January, in time to complete the grand list also by the end of January.