town_sealTax Rate

Dover’s FY 2017 tax rate of $13.05 has been reviewed and approved by the Department of Revenue.

Tax bills will be mailed in late December, with the first of two final payments due on February 1, 2017. Applications for abatement of the real estate or personal property tax must also be submitted to the Board of Assessors by February 1, 2017.  For personal exemptions, the application deadline is April 1, 2017.

As required, the Town has completed its interim year valuation update for FY 2017 reflecting values as of January 1, 2016. The average single family residential valuation is $1,113,148; the median is $932,250.

If you have any questions about your bill or would like further information concerning abatements or exemptions, please contact the Assessors’ Office at 508-785-0032, ext. 223.

frameDover Town Report Committee Seeks Photos for Publication

The Dover Town Report Committee invites photography enthusiasts to submit their work for publication consideration in the upcoming 2016 Dover Town Report. We seek photographs that showcase Dover and it’s citizens through themes such as nature and wildlife, architectural highlights, sports events, everyday town scenes or events that include Dover Days, summer concerts, races, Memorial Day, historical or library events or everyday life. Photographs can be submitted in color or black and white AND in print or electronic formats. Please send original files that are 2 MB or larger. Multiple submissions are welcome, but the submitter must own the material or know who does. The submission deadline is January 6, 2017 or earlier. Please email original, non-compressed files larger than 2 MB to or mail prints to Dee Douglas, 2 Francis Street, Dover, MA 02030. Include your name, contact information, image captions, and a stamped envelope for return of prints or photo CD.

dover-transfer-station-signNew Transfer Station Guidelines

A flyer with guidelines for using the Transfer Station and disposing of your household trash, recyclables, special materials and food scraps will be sent out to every household with the tax bill mailing in December. The Recycling Committee thanks you for adhering to these rules  which promote recycling, reduce operating  expenses, protect your septic systems and meet the requirements of the Commonwealth of MA. Transfer Station guidelines.

Town Meeting2017 Annual Town Meeting Warrant

This is to inform you that at the November 17, 2016 meeting, the Board of Selectmen unanimously voted to open and close the 2017 Annual Town Meeting Warrant as follows:

Warrant Opened:  November 17, 2016

Warrant Closes:    January 20, 2017

If you have any questions, please contact the Selectmen’s office.

recycleRecycling Guidelines for the Holiday Season

As you begin decorating your home and getting ready for the holiday season, The Dover Recycling Committee (DRC) would like you to continue to reduce, reuse, recycle and save money by following  these guidelines regarding disposing of your decorations afterwards.

Pumpkins –– can be smashed up or cut up for quicker decomposing in your back yards woods or you can bring them and put them in the yard waste area in the Transfer Station. Please do not throw these in the trash as they increase the trash weight and cost the town more money to be hauled away and incinerated.

Christmas tree, Wreaths, Corn Stalks, Hay and other plants—should be brought in yard waste section of the Transfer Station.

Wrapping paper— is chemically treated with fire retardant and cannot be recycled.  They should be thrown away in the regular trash. The DRC encourages you to be creative and imaginative by using newspapers, brown paper bags (recyclable) or gift bags (reusable) for your gift giving.

Batteries—Alkaline batteries are not accepted at the transfer station and should be thrown in the regular trash. Non–Alkaline and button batteries are collected separately and should be given to the Transfer Station personnel.

happy-holidaysTown House Closing

The Town House will be closing at 12:00pm on December 23rd.


PV-solar-panelSolar Photovoltaic Array at Hale Reservation

The Planning Board approved the Site Plan Review application contingent on Town Counsel’s review and approval of relevant legal documents regarding access and operations at their meeting on September 12. Approval by the Board of Selectmen of those access and operations agreements is still pending. See the Planning Board page for related documents.

dunkinProposed Dunkin Donuts at 14 Dedham Street

The Planning Board endorsed the site plan at its meeting of June 20, 2016. The complete decision as well as the final site plan and other related materials are posted here.  A building permit has been issued and construction is underway.