Treasurer & Collector

About the Department
The Treasurer and Collector’s Office issues over 34,000 real estate, water and motor vehicle excise bills each year. Additionally, this office has taken over the issuing of over 2,400 transfer station decals annually.

The Collector's Function
As part of the collector’s function, this office pursues the timely collection of all bills and maintains a collection rate of over 99% for all property tax bills.

The Treasurer's Function
As part of the Treasurer’s function, this office establishes and maintains Tax Title accounts on all delinquent tax accounts. Additional Treasurer’s functions include the investing, borrowing and managing of all town funds received or disbursed; working with the Commissioners of Trust funds in investing approximately $13,200,000 in stocks, bonds and cash. The Treasurer and Collector Department is also the town’s liaison to the Middlesex Retirement Board.

Motor Vehicle Excise Tax
Motor Vehicle Excise tax is based on $25 per $1,000 of valuation in the year of manufacture per Massachusetts General Law Ch. 60A Section 1. The percentage of the value is based as follows:
  • In the year preceding the designated year of manufacture - 50%
  • In the year of manufacture - 90%
  • In the second year of manufacture - 60%
  • In the third year - 40%
  • In the fourth year - 25%
  • In the fifth and succeeding years - 10%
Transfer Station Permits
Transfer Station Permits can be purchased in person at the Treasurer and Collector's Department. The online renewal option is only available from September to mid-December.