Division of Local Services: Bureau of Local Assessment
The Bureau of Local Assessment is responsible for regulation, oversight, training and technical assistance to cities and towns in the areas of real and personal property valuation and classification. Consequently, one of the main duties of the Bureau is to review and recertify each municipality's property values once every three years to ensure they are at full and fair market value.
Division of Local Services: Bureau of Accounts
The Bureau of Accounts oversees the financial management of Massachusetts' 351 cities and towns. The BOA field staff assist financial officers with State regulations and requirements, approve tax rates, certify compliance with Proposition 2 1/2, and offer instruction in sound municipal accounting practices.
Division of Local Services: Municipal Data Bank
The Municipal Data Bank collects, analyzes and distributes financial, demographic and economic data on Massachusetts cities and towns.