Municipal Lien Certificates

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MASS GENERAL LAW CHAPTER 60 SECTION 23B: The collector of taxes for any city, or for any town having more than five thousand inhabitants, as determined by the last preceding national or state census, shall, on written application by any person, and within ten days thereafter, excluding Saturdays, Sundays and holidays furnish to such applicant a certificate of all taxes and other assessments, including water rates and charges and other charges due.

The Treasurer's office upon written request, including a self addressed stamped envelope and payment of the fee will provide a Municipal Lien Certificate for properties located within the city. (Municipal lien request form)

Mass General Law Chapter 60 Section 23B Fee Schedule

Land, Single, Two and Three Family $ 25.00
Tax Exempt $ 25.00
Four to eight units $100.00
Mixed use, Commercial and Industrial $150.00


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