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Town – $14.29 per 1,000 in value
Sandwich Water District - $ .66 per 1,000 in value
North Sagamore Water - $.91 per 1,000 in value
Community Preservation Act - 3% of the Town tax
Report an unplowed road after an event totaling three or more inches of snow town-wide via phone
Plow routes are prioritized based on many factors including, but not limited to traffic volume, speeds, emergency needs, school bus routes, geographical characteristics of a road, and storm type. The focus is on main roads first, followed by bus routes, hills, main subdivision roads, minor subdivision roads and, finally, sidewalks. Depending on storm conditions, subdivision roads are not plowed until 3” of snow have accumulated. During some storms, only the main roads within a subdivision will be plowed or treated with materials. Please refer to the Winter Maintenance Policy within this site for more information on plowing policies and priorities.
The DPW is sorry for this inconvenience. Unfortunately, this is unavoidable since our first responsibility is to clear the roads for safe passage. While snow plow operators try to minimize the amount of snow that is plowed into driveways, it is the owner’s responsibility to clear their driveway opening. To avoid extra shovel work, try to shovel after the snow plow has driven by, and shovel the snow to the right side of your driveway as you face the road. Visit our Winter Preparation page for a diagram of how to avoid the Second Shovel.
If you have a medical emergency, please call 911. If the rescue squad needs assistance getting to you they will notify the Public Works Department.
There are several reasons why snow plow operators are not always pushing back the snow. They could be in operation to spread materials, may be headed back to fuel up, or the driver may not be responsible for that route and is driving to another street.
The Town does not repair damaged mailboxes caused by snow plowing. The Town will only repair or replace mailboxes if evidence shows that the actual plow blade hit the mailbox. The Town is not responsible for damage to a mailbox from snow being plowed onto it. If the plow blade damaged your mailbox please contact the DPW by phone (508-833-8002) or SeeClickFix and we will inspect the mailbox after the storm.
Mailboxes should be located 18 inches from the edge of road to minimize damage from snow plowing. Residents should contact the Postal Service to determine proper location of the mailboxes.
The Town will not repair any damaged items that were located within the Town layout (i.e., right-of-way). The Town layout typically extends 5 to 15 feet beyond the pavement (property owners can view the Town GIS Maps to view rough estimates of the town layout near their frontage).
To minimize damage to lawns, the Town recommends that residents install stakes or markers 6 to 12 inches off the edge of pavement to alert snow plow operators of the road edge. The DPW recommends using 48-inch orange fiberglass markers with white reflective tape (see below). Fiberglass markers will minimize damage to vehicles if accidently struck and the reflective tape is clearly visible to snow plow operators. Markers are available at local hardware stores. If residents have installed markers and still experience damage to their lawns (i.e., grass is torn up), they should contact the DPW for inspection following the storm.
You can contact the DPW at 508-833-8002
Pay-As-You-Throw (PAYT) is a system much like electricity, gas or telephone under which the user pays a basic amount (sticker) that covers fixed costs and then a user fee (bags) for the amount used.
You buy Town approved bags at stores where you usually shop. You put your trash in those bags and bring them to the Transfer Station to dispose of as you currently do with your trash.
The program began on July 1, 2011.
The Town implemented PAYT to offset the increasing costs of trash disposal. PAYT allows each household to control their volume of trash disposal and the associated costs with excess disposal. PAYT encourages recycling which benefits everyone.
No, many communities in Massachusetts currently utilize a PAYT program.
Pay-As-You-Throw Bag Fees
Transfer Station Permit Fee
Our PAYT bags will be BLUE and will be imprinted with the Town Seal and Town specific information. The bags will be 1.25 to 1.5 ml in thickness with drawstrings.
Yes. Everyone bringing their trash to the Transfer Station will have to purchase the PAYT bags.
Residents may purchase bags at many local stores.
You will not be able to dispose of your trash at the Transfer Station until it’s in the proper bag.
There is no limit on the amount of PAYT bags you bring to the Transfer Station each week for disposal. The PAYT bag program is designed to offset the cost of trash disposal. Each resident controls how much they spend for their own trash disposal.
The Town regularly monitor areas which have historically had dumping issues. We use whatever means necessary to identify the offenders and fine them in accordance with Massachusetts State Law and Town Bylaws. We would encourage all citizens to report offenders as well as engage the cooperation of our citizens for the success of the program.
No. Standard recycling items (e.g., cans, plastics, bottles, paper) will remain free.
Non-routine items (e.g., refrigerators, TV’s, mattresses) can be dropped-off at the Transfer Station. A fee for each item will be charged to offset disposal costs.
Practice the 3 R’s:
Board of Health regulation requires private haulers to provide curb-side recycling.
Real estate taxes are assessed on the value of land and buildings. Personal property taxes apply to homes that are not the primary resident of the owners. This tax is assessed on the value of the contents of the home.
Bills are mailed out twice a year -- on or before June 30th and December 31st. The bills include two quarterly payment coupons with each mailing.
Payments are due quarterly on the 1st of February, May, August and November. Bills are mailed on December 31st with the February and May payment coupons included. Bills are then mailed on June 30th with the August and November payment coupons included.
Yes, you DO NOT need a bill to pay. Just indicate property-identifying information on your check...property address, name of owner, parcel number.
Payments may be mailed to:
Town of Sandwich, MADepartment 1200PO Box 986535Boston, MA 02298‐6535
Handed to a clerk at the Collector's window or paid on-line
The Town of Sandwich recently contracted with a payment processing company in Medford, MA to assist with the efficient processing of tax payments. All towns on Cape Cod now use these processing centers. Please feel free to mail your tax payments to this company. This helps with the timely processing of your payments.
Tax bills, permits, and licenses for the Town of Sandwich can be paid on-line. It is fast, easy, and secure. Once you register, you can pay bills, get a receipt, sign up for email reminders of future bills, or set up automatic payments on the dates that you choose.
On-line payments made by credit card incur a fee by the credit card company that is a percentage of the payment (2.95%). Payments made by E-Check (a debit from your checking account using your bank account number and the bank’s routing number [both found at the bottom of your check]) incur a fee of 40 cents.
The tax bill is mandated to be assessed to the owner of record as of the January lst assessment date for the fiscal year. It is very important that ownership changes and mail address updates are submitted to the Assessors Department in writing at the time of closing on a home purchase. Copies of deeds to the Town from the Barnstable County Registry of Deeds may be received many months after a transfer. Taxes are adjusted at the closing between the buyer and seller. Property may also be transferred several times within a fiscal year.
Yes. In accordance with State law, interest at the rate of 14 percent per annum will accrue on overdue payments from the due date until full payment is made.
There is no grace period, the final date to pay is the due date that appears on your bill. Postmarks cannot be accepted! We must "receive" the payment by the due date for it to be considered a timely payment.
CPA stands for Community Preservation Act. In accordance with state law and approved by a town meeting vote, owners of real property annually will be assessed, through 2020, an additional surtax in an amount equal to three percent of the real estate tax levied against those properties. The proceeds of this surtax may be expended, upon appropriation, for certain open space, historic resources, and affordable housing purposes.
The Water District tax on real estate bills covers expenses of the Water District, such as water infrastructure and operational expenses. It is assessed to all property owners, even if they are not on town water. It is separate from water bills that pay for water usage.
Exemptions are granted by the Board of Assessors based on State guidelines for qualified elderly, veterans, and blind. Therefore, applications must be filed each tax year. Please check with the Assessor's Office for more information.
To change your mailing address, contact the town Assessor's Office @ 508-888-0157.
The Assessor's Office is located at:100 Route 6ASandwich, MA 02563
An owner of a property on January 1st will have their name on the Tax bills for the following Fiscal Year per Massachusetts State Law. For example, a property owner as of January 1, 2023 will have their name on the Tax Bills for Fiscal Year 2024.
You can check the status of your real estate taxes on-line. Go to the Online Payments button and search for your bill. You can also call (508-833-8012) or email (firstname.lastname@example.org) the Collector’s Office for this information. Please note mortgage companies generally do not make tax payments until the day before taxes are due.
Tax payment information can be accessed on-line and search for your address and past payment information.
You can email us email@example.com or obtain the information by calling the Collector’s Office (508-833-8012).
Personal Property tax is assessed and is the responsibility of the owner of record as of January 1st of the calendar year.
Personal property tax applies to homes that are not the primary resident of the owners (businesses, vacation homes, second homes, investment properties). It is a tax on the assessed contents of the property.
No. Mortgage companies typically do not create an escrow account for personal property taxes.
Yes, there is NO limit. One check can be written for multiple parcels with multiple names, as long as the addition is correct and the office can easily identify how the payment(s) should be applied
The map and parcel numbers are found on your tax bill or by calling the Tax Collector’s Office @508-833-8012. It is useful to put these numbers or your address on your tax payment.
The cost of a MLC is $50.00 per parcel. You can find a MLC request form on the Town Collector site .
Mail that completed form with a check for $50.00 to the Collector’s Office at:
100 Route 6ASandwich, MA 02563
he year are they good for? A. Beach stickers are good for a calendar year and transfer station stickers run on a fiscal year, which is July 1st to June 30th each year. Beach stickers go on sale in the early spring each year and are sold through September. Beach parking is monitored Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend each year. Transfer station stickers are available for sale all year long. Beach and transfer station stickers are sold on-line and at the Town Offices located at:
Yes. Residents or taxpayers can request a sticker by mail. Request forms will be mailed in February with the annual automobile excise tax bill. Or, you can find a sticker request form on the Town of Sandwich website. With your completed request form, include a signed check with proper payment, a copy of your Sandwich real estate tax bill, a copy of your vehicle registration, and a self-addressed stamped envelope for return mail.
Replacement stickers are available at the Town Offices for no charge if you bring in the sticker from your previous car. Without the sticker from the previous car, a replacement sticker costs $5.
Annual excise tax bills are mailed by the Collector’s Office in late February. For vehicles purchased and registered during the year, prorated excise tax bills come out 1-2 months after the purchase after the Registry of Motor Vehicles notifies the Town of Sandwich.
The Town of Sandwich cannot change these addresses. You need to notify the Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles (RMV) and your insurance company of any address change immediately. (For the RMV, changes can be made on-line at http://www.massdot.state.ma.us) If you do not receive an excise bill, please contact the Collector’s Office @ 508-833-8012.
The Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles assigns vehicle valuations.
Applications for abatement of excise taxes are handled by the Town of Sandwich Assessor’s Office
Like many towns, the Town of Sandwich contracts with a private company to assist with debt collection on overdue automobile and boat excise taxes. Overdue excise bills are referred to the Deputy Collector. Bills sent by the Deputy Collector can be paid either at the Sandwich Collector’s Office (cash or certified/bank check only) or by phone (credit card) with the Deputy Collector (781-545-5125).
Boat excise taxes are assessed on a fiscal year basis (July-June) and bills go out in July each year. For example, the FY 2017 bill is mailed out in July 2016.
Where the boat is moored or garaged is the determining factor on which town assesses the tax.
You need to purchase either an annual Permit or a One-Time pass to access the Transfer Station.
One-Time Passes and Non-Routine Tickets can be purchased at the Tax Collector's Office by cash or check only or at the Transfer Station solar Kiosk by cash or credit / debit card.
Yes, any method of access to dispose household solid waste requires the use of Sandwich Pay-As-You-Throw bags.
No, only household solid waste and everyday recycling can be disposed with a One-Time Pass.
By using a trailer or hiring a local disposal contractor. Only permitted vehicles are allowed access to dispose bulky-items.
Compost is typically screened and made available to Transfer Station permit holders mid-May.
The Sandwich Transfer Station does not operate a "swap-shop". Instead, users are encourage to donate their reusable items at a recycling organization
Brush and demolition can be disposed at an alternative facility. Household hazardous waste can be disposed at annual collection events.
Oil or gas soaked rags can be disposed at one of four annual Upper Cape Household Hazardous Waste Collections organized by the Cape Cod Cooperative Extension