Treasurer/Collector

Treasurer

Duties

The Treasurer’s Office receives and accounts for all money belonging to the city. The treasurer has custody of the city’s stabilization fund, retirement funds, trust funds, and investments. The treasurer also pursues tax title cases and manages the city’s banking business.

Collector

Duties

The Collector’s Office provides current and accurate financial information to the public, financial institutions, the legal community, and other city departments. All receivables due to the city are collected and the receipts of the city’s parking system are managed by the Collector’s Office.

Real Estate & Personal Property Taxes

Real estate and personal property tax bills are mailed quarterly with due dates of:
August 1st
November 1st
February 1st
May 1st

Please inform the Assessors’ Office of new ownership or change of address to receive bills in a timely manner.

**TAX RATE FOR FY2020 IS $16.80 PER 1,000 OF YOUR ASSESSED VALUE.**

Motor Vehicle Taxes

Every motor vehicle and trailer registered in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts is subject to the motor vehicle excise unless expressly exempted.  Registering a motor vehicle automatically triggers the assessment of excise, which is calculated at a rate of $25 per $1,000 of value.  The Registry of Motor Vehicles is responsible for this valuation.  Excise Tax is assessed from the 1st day of the month in which it is registered for the balance of the calendar year and on January 1 of each year thereafter.  Vehicles registered during the year are issued a pro-rated excise tax bill for that year. 

All of the information on your motor vehicle tax bill comes from the Registry of Motor Vehicles (RMV) to the City.  The vehicle owner must contact the insurance company and the Registry to make address and any other ownership changes needed.  Failure to receive a bill does not affect the validity of the tax or penalties.  

New ownership or change of address can be updated at this link with the Registry of Motor Vehicles .

Excise bills are mailed to registered owners once a year or after a change in registration. Payments are due 30 days from the date of the issuance of the bill. After 30 days, a demand notice will be mailed adding a $25 demand fee plus accrued interest.  If an excise bill remains unpaid for 14 days after the issuance of the demand, a warrant may be issued to a Deputy Collector, which will add collection fees and could end with a mark at the Registry of Motor Vehicles.  This mark at the RMV will prevent the registered owner from renewing a driver’s license or registering another vehicle.  

Deputy Collector

If your bill is given to the Deputy Collector for collection, you may call the the Collector’s Office at 413-587-1293 or the Deputy Collector’s Office, AP Jones Inc, at 413-527-2388 to obtain outstanding amounts due. You may pay this amount at the Tax Collector’s Office with either a money order or bank check ( no cash is accepted) if the bill is marked at the Registry.  Payment can be made directly to the Deputy Collector, located at 98 Cottage Street, Easthampton, Ma., in person or online at www.apjones.com .  

See the Motor Vehicle Excise Tax page for information on abatements. Excise Bills FAQ (PDF)

Water & Sewer (Utility) Bills

Water and Sewer bills will be mailed out quarterly.

Please inform the Department of Public Works: Water Division of change of home ownership or address in order to insure proper, timely receipt of your water and sewer bills.

Fiscal Year Note

The fiscal year runs July 1st through June 30th.