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State law requires all municipalities to assess all property uniformly at fair market value. Implementing an annual revaluation program will ensure that all taxpayers are treated fairly.
For more information, please visit our Revaluations page.
Properties are appraised based on what comparable properties are selling for in the community. With the assistance of the consultants from Vision Government Solutions Inc, the Assessors' Office maintains data on all properties in the community and implements procedures to appraise properties at fair market value.
The actual tax bill mailed to you at the end of December reflects the assessed value, current tax rate and annual taxes. The assessment of your house can change annually due to inflation and other normal factors that impact the real estate market. The assessed value reflects the changes in the real estate market from the time it was last valued.
Higher property assessments do not cause higher taxes. The total municipal budget determines the money to be raised from property taxes. The tax rate may stay the same or even decrease because of the overall change in the total value of the community. Your tax bill is based on the spending of the City. An increase in the assessed value does not necessarily cause an increase in taxes. Your tax bill (not the assessed value) is a direct result of the City's budget.
The objective of an annual revaluation program is to ensure that everyone's assessment is fair and accurate. If all property is assessed at its market value, individual taxpayers will be assured that they pay only their fair share of the tax burden.
Yes. After the values are finalized you may access one of the public computer terminals and or reports we have available in our office. The data and assessed values on all property in town may be reviewed. Our office staff is available to offer assistance and explanations. If you wish, you may file an abatement application that will trigger a review by the Board of Assessors. Abatement applications are accepted from January 1st to February 1st each year.
No. Proposition 2½ sets a limit on the entire tax levy for a jurisdiction. While there is a limit to the overall increase in property taxes, the revaluation program may result in an increase or decrease in property taxes. Proposition 2½ establishes a limit on the revenue a municipality can raise from property taxes. Proposition 2½ does not limit the amount by which an individual tax bill may change from year to year. The revenue that is collected from the property tax is called the property tax levy.
The levy is limited as follows: