242 Union Street
Rockland, MA 02370
Phone 781-871-1874 EXT. 8
8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Also - 7 p.m. - 8 p.m. the first Monday of each month
A collection procedure that secures a city or town’s lien on real property and protects the municipality’s right to payment of overdue property taxes. Otherwise, the lien expires if five years elapse from the January 1 assessment date and the property has been transferred to another owner. If amounts remain outstanding on the property after issuing a demand for overdue property taxes and after publishing a notice of tax taking, the collector may take the property for the city or town. After properly recording the instrument of taking, the collector transfers responsibility for collecting the overdue amounts to the treasurer. After six months, the treasurer may initiate foreclosure proceedings.