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Need Help With Public Utility Valuation In Boston?

Gilman, McLaughlin & Hanrahan, LLP, has served as special counsel to the Board of Assessors in cities and towns, including Boston, Springfield, Brookline, Newton and Everett, since the late 1970s. We have developed expertise in the defense of property tax assessments, particularly for unique properties such as aircrafts, power plants, pipelines and natural gas distribution systems.

Municipal assessors can schedule a consultation to discuss public utility valuation and defense needs in Massachusetts. Call our firm at 617-580-3180 or contact our attorneys online.

Defending Assessment Challenges

To date, attorneys at Gilman, McLaughlin & Hanrahan, LLP, have handled challenges to assessments involving the Eversource’s entire electric distribution system in Boston and Springfield, New Boston Generating Station, Flying Tiger Line and American Airlines’ aircraft property, Mystic Generating Station in Everett, and Keyspan’s local gas distribution system and cryogenic storage tank in Boston.

These cases not only involve expertise in the relevant taxing statutes and appraisal theory, but also require intimate understanding of the state and federal regulatory and rate-setting policies that may impact the value of these unique properties.

Representative Public Utility Valuation Cases

Gilman, McLaughlin & Hanrahan, LLP, has also handled other unusual valuation matters for assessors and taxpayers, including cases involving disproportionate assessment challenges, shopping malls, sports arenas, office towers, and hospital and university exemption issues.

Cases include:

Boston Gas Co. v. Board of Assessors of Boston, 458 Mass. 715 (2011)

Boston Edison Co. v. Board of Assessors of Boston, 402 Mass. 1 (1988)

Tregor v. Board of Assessors of Boston, 377 Mass. 602 (1979)

Boston Edison Co. v. Assessors of Everett, 20 Mass. App. Tax Bd. Rpt. 77 (1996)

Blakely v. Board of Assessors of Boston, 391 Mass. 473 (1984)

New Boston Garden Corp. v. Board of Assessors of Boston, 383 Mass. 456 (1981)

Keniston v. Board of Assessors of Boston, 380 Mass. 888 (1980)

Flying Tiger Line Inc. v. Board of Assessors of Boston, 404 Mass. 359 (1989)

Additionally, you can read more about a recent firm success in which the Supreme Judicial Court allowed the Hub to keep a disputed $16 million in taxes.

Normally, assessments of public utility property represent a substantial component of a municipality’s tax base. Cities and towns do not need to be overwhelmed by the high-priced lawyers and experts the utilities can call on to challenge the tax.

Learn More About Our Approach To Public Utility Valuation Cases

For additional information, please contact the attorneys at Gilman, McLaughlin & Hanrahan, LLP.