The City Assessing Department is responsible for discovering, valuing, listing, and equalizing all taxable property, real and personal, for the purpose of property taxation.
These duties and responsibilities are completed annually and must comply with the State of Maine Taxation Statutes. Discovery is accomplished by reviewing deeds, surveys, sub-division plans, declaration forms, inspections, and building permits.
On or about the 15th of July, the Assessor, after receipt of the annual budget, approved by the City Council, applies the budget amount to the total valuation of the community thus generating the fiscal year tax mill rate.
The total tax required from individual local property owners is then determined, according to the just value of their real and personal property. A list of taxes due are committed to the Tax Collector and bills are mailed.
This department provides information and assistance to property owners, title companies, real estate brokers, attorneys, appraisers, and other City Departments. It maintains historical and current data on each property, such as ownership, parcel boundaries, land and structure inventories, property characteristics and exemptions.
|Robert P. Scott||Assessor||(207) 853-2300|