How will this new valuation affect my tax bill?

The total tax levy is the amount required to fund the budget approved at the Annual Town Meeting. The levy is what determines the tax rate each year. The Assessor does not determine how much the Town will spend for the many services it provides, but apportions the share of these costs fairly among all property owners in town.

The actual tax rate is set after the values are finalized and certified by the Department of Revenue (DOR), and the Selectmen vote on the classification of the rate. The rate calculation is then approved by the DOR and bills are issued reflecting the new values and rate. The value and rate certification usually take place in October and November each year, after the first two quarterly bills for the fiscal year have been issued. The new valuations and rate form the basis for the third and fourth quarter bills, which take into account preliminary payments already made in August and November. The remaining amount due is split between the actual bills, which are due in February and May.

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1. What is the Valuation Criteria?
2. What changes are made each year?
3. Why do different property assessments go up (or down) in different proportions?
4. When my neighbors house sells, will their price determine my assessment?
5. How will this new valuation affect my tax bill?
6. How can I get more information?
7. Why are the tax amounts on my bill different from what I paid last quarter?
8. My property value appears to be a little high, but I'm not sure if I'm over assessed. What should I do?
9. How do I file for abatement?
10. If I file an abatement request, do I have to attend a hearing with the Assessor?
11. What is a revaluation, and when does one occur?
12. Why do some assessments increase more than others after a revaluation?
13. If assessed values rise, do taxes have to rise?
14. Does the assessor need to inspect my house?
15. How do I file for homestead declaration?
16. How do I obtain property record cards online?