Treasurer responsibilities

The Treasurer's Office:

  • Receives all monies which come into the town;
  • Pays all bills, including payroll;
  • Administers Town employees' health and life insurance programs; and
  • Works with the Assessors, Collector's, and Comptroller's departments to ensure the smooth and efficient operation of Town finances. 

In addition, the Treasurer:

  • Is responsible for investing the Town's funds in accordance with guidelines imposed by Chapter 44, Section 55 of Massachusetts General Laws.
  • Does all short- and long-term borrowing which Town Meeting has authorized, with the approval of the Board of Selectmen.
  • Works with the Selectmen and the Commissioners of Trust Funds to administer the Town's trust funds, which total about $2 million
  • Manages the Town's property which is in Tax Title or Foreclosure. Delinquent property is turned over to the Treasurer annually, when the Collector does a tax taking (puts a lien on the property).

Collector responsibilities

The Tax Collector is responsible for the collection of all billed receivables for the town of Dedham. These include but are not limited to:

  • Building permits,
  • Municipal Lien Certificates,
  • Personal property tax, 
  • Police and Fire details and alarms,
  • Public Works street opening permits,
  • Real estate taxes, 
  • Scholarship funds, and
  • Sewer use fees