With two of three members of the County Commission new to the job, comes action on new ideas. In addition to initiating work on a county government web site on Thursday night, the commissioners agreed to ask real estate valuation companies to bid on county-wide re-valuations. Currently, each municipality in the county requests bids every three years independently.
New chairman Dan Pallotta raised the idea for the second time in the commission’s second meeting of the year. Commissioners unanimously gave the task to Register of Deeds John Buckley. The county will request bids from companies who perform real estate re-valuations for municipalities. If the successful bidder offers its services for the region at a lower price to the towns of the county, the Commission will contract for those services and offer them to the towns.
Under state law, every city and town in Massachusetts must re-value all real estate within their borders at least once every three years. Individual property tax bills are based on the values set by re-valuation.