Tax Assessor Department
Tax Appeal Updates
- Tax appeal forms are no longer being accepted as of December 10, 2020.
- Motor vehicle tax appeal forms are no longer being accepted as November 30, 2020.
Rates & Tax Calculation
2020 Tax Rates
- Residential: $13.76
- Commercial: $18.21
- Tangible: $13.76
- Motor Vehicle: $16.05
Tax = (assessment ÷ 1,000) × tax rate
Function of the Tax Assessor's Office
The prime function of the Assessor's office is to ensure, so far as is possible, that all ratable property is uniformly assessed and that the tax generated from those assessments is equitably apportioned according to state law and local ordinance. To that end the prime responsibility of the Assessor's Office is to locate, inventory, and appraise all property within the jurisdiction. Ownership of that property is then determined and applicable exemption status is determined. Secondary functions revolve around making numerous forms of data available to the public in the timeliest manner possible.
There are several different taxation and exemptions programs in use in the State. They involve the taxation of Real property, Motor Vehicles and Tangible Property. Each of these programs has various reporting, exemption and process related rules that must be adhered to. It is the goal of this office to comply with all discovery, listing, valuation and exemptions statutes, rules and regulation as determined by State and Local Ordinance in as timely a manner as resources allow. All property will be appraised at the appropriate level to ensure uniformity of assessment and consistency with those rules.
Town Charter Article 6 Town Officials Section 602 Tax Assessor
There shall be a tax assessor, who shall be appointed by the town administrator and shall have those powers and perform those duties prescribed now or in the future by the Constitution and laws of the state not inconsistent with this Charter, and such additional powers and duties as may be assigned to him by the town administrator or town council. He shall have charge of such personnel as may be provided by the town council to assist him in the discharge of the powers and duties of his office. (Amended, December 6, 1976.)