Assessors' Office

Tax Rate
Fiscal Year 2019: $17.27

per thousand dollars of valuation


FY2019 Property Values Available for Review in Sterling


The Sterling Board of Assessors has been conducting the FY2019 Quinquennial Revaluation required by Massachusetts State Law. The periodic update of values ensures that all property is assessed at full and fair market value as of January 1, 2018. The Board has currently received preliminary certification by the Massachusetts Department of Revenue and the official period of public disclosure is now open.

The revaluation requires the verification, analysis, and use of arms-length sales from calendar year 2017. Sales from calendar years 2016 and 2017 were used to value the apartment, vacant land, commercial, and industrial property classes. Market trends may indicate that different property types may change in value more or less than other property types. The average single family home value increased 14%. The condominium class increased about 10% with variations from complex to complex. Vacant land decreased about 3%.  Commercial and industrial classes increased overall in value about 0-6%. Individual parcel valuations may vary from the class average due to data updates and corrections, new construction, and the effects of market trends effect on their specific characteristics.

Interested parties may examine new proposed values, to review and discuss any questions, and request changes of their assessment during the Public Disclosure period from 9/24/2018 to 10/3/2018.

Values are available in the Assessor’s office and by clicking the link


Office hours are Monday to Thursday 8:00AM – 4:30PM.

The office may be contacted via telephone at 978-422-8111 ext. 2313 and email

Property Inspections

The Board of Assessor's are in the process of conducting inspections. The inspectors will be wearing ID badges and checking in with the Sterling Police Department prior to start of inspections. These inspections will take place during weekday hours.


The Office of the Assessors is required by Massachusetts’s law to list and value all real and personal property as of January 1.  All assessed values in Massachusetts are based on “full and fair cash value”.  The Assessors are responsible for meeting the certification requirement of the Department of Revenue.  To meet these requirements, the Assessors are obligated to revalue all properties yearly, and once every three years undergo a state recertification audit.  

The Office of the Assessors also administers the following programs:
  • Real Estate and Personal Property Tax Abatement
  • Personal Property Form of List
  • Senior Real Estate Tax Exemptions
  • Veteran Real Estate Tax Exemptions
  • Blind Real Estate Tax Exemptions
  • Chapter Land
  • 3ABC Exemptions
  • Tax Deferrals
  • Motor Vehicle Excise Tax Abatements
  • Property/parcel information
  • Public Access Room
  • Abutters List
  • Name/Address Changes
  • Registry of Deed Information
  • Property Map Data Updates

The Board of Assessors is an elected board made up of three members.  One member is elected each year for a three-year term.

Email the Assessors' Office.

Staff Contacts

Name Title Phone
Harald Scheid Regional Assessor 978.422.8111 ext. 2313
Debbie Dreyer Assistant to the Assessor 978.422.8111 ext. 2313