If you feel that your property has been overvalued, disproportionately assessed, incorrectly classified, or is exempt from taxation, you may apply to the Assessors for an abatement.
Abatement applications, must be filed for each and every tax year being contested, the application must be filed and received in Assessors Office within 30 days of the mailing of the actual third quarter bill (usually due February 1.**). Your application must be received (or post marked) by close of business on that day. The Assessors cannot act on any abatement applications received after the deadline. Forms are available in the Assessors office or you can print the form here . The full tax due must be paid on time to avoid interest charges.
**FISCAL 2017 abatements are due by close of business Wednesday, February 1, 2017
The Board may ask for additional information from the taxpayer, or may ask to inspect the property. This information will allow the Board to determine the fair market value of the property. Failure to allow an inspection of the property(s) by the board may be deamed a denial of the application, with no right to appeal. To avoid an automatic denial of your application and to retain your right to appeal the Assessors' decision, you must provide all the information requested and allow inspection of your property(s). The Assessors have three (3) months to act on your abatement application. Failure to act within this time period is deemed a denial.
APPEAL OF THE ASSESSORS' DECISION
If you are not satisfied with the decision of the Assessors - or if you have not received a notice of the Assessors decision within three (3) months from the date you filed your abatement application, you may appeal to the Appellate Tax Board, (ATB), a state agency that hears appeals from taxpayers who have been denied at the local level.