Joanne Graziano, Bureau Chief
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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. The Bureau also values properties for state mandated programs. Statutory valuation programs include biennial equalized valuation study used in distributing state local aid, estimating the value of certain state owned land for municipal reimbursement programs; centrally valuing utility telephone and gas pipeline companies for local property tax assessment, assisting in the development of Ch. 61A farmland values and approving new tax base levy growth.