What property is taxed?
Both real (land and buildings) and personal property (tangible goods) are subject to taxation, unless they are exempted by law or subject to another form of taxation, such as the excise tax for motor vehicles and boats. Since home furnishings are largely exempt from personal property taxes, the property tax bill for most Maine homeowners is based on the value of the land, the house, and the outbuildings.

Local assessors are required by law to "ascertain as nearly as may be the nature, amount and value as of the first day of April of the real estate and personal property subject to be taxed . . ." This means that if on the 1st day of April you own property that is subject to taxation, then you are liable to pay those taxes to your municipality.

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1. Why have a property tax?
2. What property is taxed?
3. How is property assessed? (market value)
4. How is the mil rate (tax rate) determined?
5. How does my property value (valuation) affect the amount of taxes I pay?
6. What services do property taxes fund?
7. Why do assessed values change from year to year?
8. Why has my Homestead / Veteran’s exemption changed?
9. How can I appeal my valuation?
10. How can I appeal the tax rate?
11. How can I submit address changes or corrections?
12. What is the Portland Downtown District assessment?
13. Was my Homestead Exemption applied to my bill?
14. Where can I get further information?