Understanding Your Assessment

These brochures are provided by the International Association of Assessing Officers and Maine Revenue. Their content is intended for informational purposes only and is not to be construed as legal advice. Property owners should consult their local assessor and qualified legal counsel before acting on information found herein. IAAO assumes no liability for the accuracy of this information when applied to specific instances.

Important Things to Know When Questioning Your Assessment
Tax Bills & Assessments can sometimes seem like a different language but please remember that appealing your assessment is not a conversation about a tax bill, it is about attempting to prove that your assessed value is inaccurate or unfair. 

A general appeal process (not including property enrolled in a current use program or nonresidential property valued at more than $1 million).
#1 - You receive your tax bill.
#2 - Check our website for your property information / ask us for a copy of your record card.
#3 - "Something" is wrong, i.e., wrong acreage, # of beds & baths, heating, year built.
#4 - Call or email us. Depending on the "something" we'll set up an inspection or office visit.
#5 - Depending on the "something" an abatement will be issued or it won't.
#6 - If an abatement is not issued, and "something" is still wrong, file a formal abatement to the Assessor within 185 days of commitment.
#7 - Once the formal abatement application is received the Assessor will have 60 days to investigate the issue at hand and make a decision.
#8 - If the application is denied by the assessor you may then appeal to the Rockport Board of Assessment Review, within 60 days of the Assessors decision.
#9 - The Board of Assessment Review will set a hearing date and make its decision within 60 days.
#10 - If the appeal to the Rockport Board of Assessment Review is denied you may then appeal to the County Superior Court, within 30 days of that decision.