(Saugus, MA) June 4, 2018 – Town Manager Scott C. Crabtree and Assessors Office Principal Clerk Tracy Mingolelli have advanced their assessors training one step further by completing and excelling in a rigorous course in the principles of assessing procedures through the Massachusetts Association of Assessing Officers, Inc.
Town Manager Crabtree and Mingolelli recently received their official certificates in “Course 200 – Principles of Assessing Procedures” after completing an extensive course and successfully passing a comprehensive final exam.
The 34-hour course was held in the Saugus Town Hall auditorium earlier this year. Thirty-five professionals from around the State of Massachusetts took the course, including Town Manager Crabtree and Mingolelli.
“I am proud that members of the Saugus Administration strive to further their professional development and better serve the needs of our residents,” said Town Manager Crabtree. “I wanted to continue my education in the assessing field so that I could better understand the interworking of the Assessor’s Department.”
“Course 200 – Principles of Assessing Procedures” deals with the Assessors’ administrative responsibilities and Appellate Tax Board procedures. It is an in-depth explanation of the Assessors’ everyday involvement, such as with maps, deeds, probates, field work, sales and sales ratios, personal property, new growth, classification, recap, tax rate, exemptions and exempt property, the appeal process, motor vehicle and boat excise, and more.
“Education is the most important part of the assessing association organization,” said Keohan. “We take experienced assessors and groom them to be instructors, and we teach newcomers and refresh oldcomers on all the aspects of how to do our jobs.”
Two years ago, Town Manager Crabtree, Mingolelli, Board of Assessors Chairman Michael Serino, Board of Assessors member David Ricciardelli, and late Board of Assessors member John Gillis became certified as Assessors by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts after completing a 34-hour course and passing a comprehensive final exam.
“I’m very impressed with the fact that this is the second course our Town Manager has taken,” said Keohan. “It’s good for us and the community that he has a better understanding of what we do as assessors. Prior to his administration, town managers in Saugus were unfamiliar as to what we did.”
Certified Assessors establish all of the values of property within their respective communities, which, in Saugus, amounts to over 10,000 parcels. The Assessors Certification course is a requirement for all assessors in the state.
“I would like to congratulate Ron and his staff for all of their hard work, and I would like to commend Tracy on her dedication towards continuing her professional development which benefits the Assessors Department as well as the Town of Saugus overall,” said Town Manager Crabtree.
Last year Assistant Assessor Tammy Sands, who is also a certified assessor, furthered her education by successfully completing and passing “Course 6 – Valuation Administration” through the Massachusetts Association of Assessing Officers, Inc.
For more information, please contact the Assessors Office at 781-231-4130.
About The Town of Saugus
The Town of Saugus, Massachusetts, is a family-friendly, historic neighborhood Town located along the north shore, ten miles north of Boston. First settled in 1629, Saugus is home to historic sites, top-tier public services, and a thriving business community. Strong community support, a forward-thinking approach to town government, rich recreational opportunities, affordable choices, and easy access to all the amenities that Boston has to offer – they all contribute to make Saugus a Town where businesses flourish and families make their home.
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