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Fair cash value has been determined by the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court as ”fair market value” which is the price an owner willing but not under compulsion to sell ought to receive from one willing but not under compulsion to buy. It means the highest price that a normal purchaser not under peculiar compulsion will pay at the time, and cannot exceed the sum that the owner after reasonable effort could obtain for this property. A valuation (price) limited to what the property is worth to the purchaser is not market value. The fair cash value is the value the property would have on January first or any taxable year in the hands of any owner, including the present owner. (Boston Gas Co. v. Assessors of Boston, 334 Mass. 549, 566 (1956).
Among the numerous factors to be considered that will cause values to differ are location, condition, size, quality, number of baths, basement, finished garages and many others.
The best evidence that could be considered would be a recent sale price of your property. The next best evidence would be recent sales prices of properties that are similar to yours. The close in similarity and proximity, the better the evidence.
Another type of evidence that could be considered would be recent appraisal of your property.
The Notary fills in the certificate, signs it, and then applies his or her seal to the document.
A driver’s license, military ID, or passport will usually be acceptable.
Notaries certify the identity of signers. The signers are responsible for the content of the documents.
Long-term parking (8 hours) is available in the north side of the North Pleasant Street lot. This lot is enforced from 8:00am to 6:00pm.
4-hour parking available in most municipal lots. See the Parking Maps page for more details.
Example: If you are researching permits, projects, or documents related to “Kendrick Park”, you would type “Kendrick Park” into the search window, hit GO, and then view the search results.
The Records Bureau is located in the front lobby of the Police Department at 111 Main St., Amherst.
Records requests can also be made via mail. To request a copy of a record through the mail, a Records Request Form should be filled-out and sent to the records office, along with payment by check (payable to Town of Amherst), and a self-addressed, stamped envelope. This will expedite your request.
Please note that there is a nominal charge for all copies of records.
For More information on the firearms laws, requirements and disqualifying factors, see the Criminal History Systems Board's Firearms Records Bureau.
You may also email your request.
Possible resolutions include a verbal warning to the residents, a written warning to the residence, a Town of Amherst Noise By-Law violation fine of $100 or arrest for the violation. When determining the appropriate response, the officer may take many factors into consideration, such as the severity of the noise, the time of day, whether the residents have been warned before, the cooperation of the residents to address the problem.
The expanded law will require a booster seat/safety belt combination for children who have outgrown a child safety seat - typically when they are above age five or 40 pounds -until they are 8 years old OR over 57" tall. The Massachusetts Safety Belt Law requires safety belt use by those 13 years of age and older.
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends the following for toddlers and pre-schoolers: After reaching the maximum weight or height for rear facing seats, children should ride in a forward-facing seat with a harness until they outgrow it, after which they should use a booster seat with higher weight limits.
The fee for a certified copy of a vital record is $10. For requests by mail, please enclose a self-addressed, stamped return envelope. Mail requests to:Town Clerk’s Office4 Boltwood Ave.Amherst, MA 01002
The first 15 minutes of search time will be at no charge, other than a $10 fee for each certified copy requested.
If the information is requested from a specific record, minimal information will be made available, with more complete information being available at charge of $10 per record.
Vital record searches may be done during regular business hours.
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