Welcome To The Lynn City Assessors' Office

The City Assessors' Office is responsible for assessments and abatements for real estate, personal property and motor vehicle and boat excise taxes, personal exemptions, tax deferrals, deed references and property information.

The Board of Assessors is the local agency responsible for the assessment and administration of all local taxes provided for by the General Laws of the Commonwealth. The Board consists of three members: the director of assessing, appointed by the chief financial officer, and two assessors, appointed by the City Council. Providing support for the Board are an appraisal staff and a clerical staff that are responsible for maintaining the Board’s informational database on properties and assisting the Board in its administrative duties.

There are four principal local taxes administered by the Board: real and personal property taxes, and motor vehicle and boat excise taxes. The assessors are responsible for determining assessments and calculating the appropriate amount for each type of tax. That information is then forwarded to the tax collector, who then assumes responsibility for issuing bills and collecting the tax. The Board is also responsible for processing requests for adjustments to the original taxes, and issuing any appropriate abatements.

The Board is supervised in its administration of local taxation statutes by the Department of Revenue’s Division of Local Services, as provided by Chapter 58 of the General Laws. Among other duties, the division reviews that Board’s assessment procedures every five years in order to certify that property is being assessed at its full cash value, reviews its revenue and spending projections to ensure compliance with Proposition 2-1/2 prior to approving a tax rate each year, and issues legal opinions and sets procedural guidelines that direct the assessors in the performance of their duties.

Our Office Information

List Contact Information

Board of Assessors
City Hall, Room 202
3 City Hall Square
Lynn, MA 01901

Para Espanol
(781) 586-6702
(781) 586-6706
(781) 477-7160
List Board of Assessors
  Director of Assessing
Christopher Gaeta, MAA
(781) 586-6700
Michael Fisher, MAA
(781) 586-6701
Michael Clancy
(781) 586-6711

Appraisal and Clerical Staff

  Administrative Assistant
Karen Bartlett
  Head Clerk
Elizabeth Watson
  Head Clerk
Marcia Sheppard
  Principal Clerk
Kenya Pena
New Item Current and Recent Tax Rates (Updated May 2018)
Fiscal Year Residential Commercial/Industrial/Personal Property
2018 (Current) $15.15 $29.45
2017 $15.60 $30.67
2016 $16.18 $32.06
2015 $16.75 $33.58
2014 $17.13 $34.81
2013 $16.93 $34.55
2012 $16.28 $32.82
2011 $16.22 $32.41
2010 $15.53 $31.05
2009 $12.74 $25.35
2008 $10.98 $21.45
2007 $10.40 $21.26
2006 $9.94 $21.27
2005 $10.18 $21.68
2004 $11.43 $25.27
2003 $13.21 $25.78
2002 $14.99 $29.75
2001 $16.46 $33.25
2000 $17.68 $36.17
1999 $17.73 $36.99
1998 $19.84 $41.50
DOWNLOAD: Current and Recent Tax Rates (PDF)
New Item Department Calendar For FY' 2018-2019
Jan. 1, 2017 Statutory assessment date for fiscal year 2018.
June 30, 2017 Determination date for taxing improvements for fiscal year 2018.
July 1, 2017 First day of fiscal year 2018. Eligibility date for fiscal year 2018 statutory exemptions.
Aug. 1, 2017 First quarter fiscal year 2018 preliminary tax bills due.
Nov. 1, 2017 Second quarter fiscal year 2018 preliminary tax bills due.
Dec. 13, 2017 Classification hearing before City Council to allocate tax burden between residential and commercial properties for fiscal year 2018.
Jan. 1, 2018 Statutory assessment date for fiscal year 2019.
Feb. 1, 2018 Third quarter fiscal year 2018 actual tax bills due.
Feb. 15, 2018 First commitment of motor vehicle excise bills for 2018 issued (approximate).
Mar. 1, 2018 Personal property Forms of List and 3ABC forms for fiscal year 2019 due with assessors.
May 7, 2018* Actual fiscal year 2018 property tax bills are mailed. Abatement filing period commences.
June 6, 2018* Fourth quarter FY2018 actual tax bills due. Filing deadline for appeal of FY2018 assessed valuations.
June 20, 2018 Final date for assessors to commit revised or omitted assessments for FY2018.
June 30, 2018 Determination date for taxing improvements for fiscal year 2019.
July 1, 2018 First day of fiscal year 2019. Eligibility date for fiscal year 2019 statutory exemptions.
Aug. 1, 2018 First quarter fiscal year 2019 preliminary tax bills due.
Aug. 7, 2018* Deadline for filing applications for statutory personal exemptions for fiscal year 2019.
Nov. 1, 2018 Second quarter fiscal year 2019 preliminary tax bills due.
Dec. 12, 2018 Classification hearing before City Council to allocate tax burden between residential and commercial properties for fiscal year 2019 (tentative).
Dec. 29, 2018 Actual fiscal year 2019 property tax bills are mailed. Abatement filing period commences.

*Dates for fiscal year 2018 were altered from our normal schedule due to budgetary issues delaying state approval of Lynn’s fiscal year 2018 tax rates. FY 2018 consisted of one actual bill and three preliminary (estimated) bills rather than the normal two preliminary and two actual bills.

New Item DOWNLOAD Department Calendar FY2018 - FY2019 (PDF)

Property Data - Assessments, Resources and Links

City of Lynn Property Data Search Is Now Available:

City of Lynn Interactive Mapping
FY' 2018 Property Values Now Available

Property values for FY' 2018 are now available for viewing on-line or in City Hall.

Click here for more info and to view valuations on-line.

New Item Index To City Maps (PDF) FY'16 Updated City Assessor Maps*
  Index To City of Lynn Maps CLICK HERE FOR THE FY'16 MAPS
  *Please note: You may access a map by clicking on the corresponding map rectangle in the index. The first three digit segment of the Parcel ID corresponds to the appropriate map.
Web Lynn Property Records
  View Lynn Property Records (Lynn Patriot Properties)
  Property Resource Links (PDF)
  Land Use Codes (Updated June 2016)

Senor Citizen Property Tax Work-Off Abatement

General Policies and Procedures

  • Over 60 years of age as of July 1st of fiscal year.
  • Lynn resident for minimum of five (5) years.
  • Homeowner or spouse of homeowner (primary residence only)
  • Income eligible; based on the state Circuit Breaker guidelines.

  • Income does not exceed:
    - $57K for single individual
    - $71K head of household
    - $86K for married couple
  • Copy of income tax return is required with application.  If no tax return filed, applicant must submit an IRS Form 4506-T for verification of non-filing.
  • Applications will be accepted on a first come, first served basis and will be assigned dependent upon job availability.  Applicants must be able to complete a maximum of 54.54 hours by November 30th to be eligible to receive tax credit on the following years’ bill.
  • Work program begins December 1 and ends November 30th or once the applicant earns gross wages of $600. 
  • Maximum annual abatement of property taxes shall not exceed $600 for 54.54 hours.
  • Application deadline is October 31st for the following years’ program.
  • Hourly rate paid will be the State minimum wage as of January 1st each year.  The current hourly minimum wage rate is $11 per hour.
  • City employees (individuals on the municipal payroll full time) and their immediate family are not eligible for this program.
  • C.O.R.I check, Privacy Statement, and Confidentiality Agreement required.
  • Copy of Picture I.D should be included with each application.
  • Senior Abatement Committee, consisting of the Director of Assessing or designee, a designee of the Mayor’s Office, a designee of the City Council, and a designee of the Council on Aging, will review all applications and determine participant’s eligibility.
  • Abatement earned is considered taxable income for federal tax purposes only (not taxable for state tax purposes) even though the City is not obligated to issue a Federal 1099 form for payments less than $600 (A tax advisor should be consulted as to federal reporting requirements).
  • Rules and guidelines will be reviewed periodically and changes will be made as necessary.

    Updated 11/16/18
New Item Senior Citizen Abatement Information and Forms
Updated November 16, 2018
  Procedures For Abatement (2018)
  Application For Abatement (2018)
  CORI Release Form  
  Senior Trash Abatement Form (2018)
  Miscellaneous (2018) Abatement Form
New Item Income and Expense Information and Forms
  Income and Expense Form
  Informational Notice

New Item Forms and Other Tax Information
  Change of Address Form

Abatement, Exemption and Personal Property Tax Information

New Item Abatement Information and Forms - Updated May 2018
  Application For Abatement Instructions (2018)
  Application Supporting Information Form (2018)
  Over-valuation Abatement Form  
Web Personal Exemption Information and Form
  Personal Exemption Info (2019) Updated August 2018
  Personal Exemption Application  
Web Charitable Exemption Information and Form
  Charitable Exemptions State Info Updated December 2011
  Charitable Organizations Form 3ABC Updated December 2011
  Application for Charitable Exempt Status Form 1B-3 Updated December 2011
Web Personal Property Tax Information and Form
  Personal Property Tax Fact Sheet Updated August 2018
  Personal Property Form of List Updated December 2015
Web Motor Vehicle Tax Information and Form
  Motor Vehicle Taxes
  Vehicle Excise FAQ Updated December 2011
  Motor Vehicle Excise Abatement Form Updated December 2011

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