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Maine communities provide a vast array of services, including police and fire protection, winter and summer road maintenance, code enforcement, planning, economic and community development, issuance of licenses, recreation, parking, solid waste collection and disposal, water and sewer services, emergency medical services, health and human services, and sometimes more depending on where you live. Property taxes on average fund about 75% of the cost of local governments; the remainder comes mostly in the form of state assistance.
When market value changes, naturally so does assessed value. For instance, if you were to add a garage to your home, the assessed value might increase. However, if your property is in poor repair, the assessed value might decrease.
Based upon the result of the annual sales study conducted by the State of Maine Property Tax Division, the city has declared an assessment ratio of 94% for the current tax year (FY18).
Homestead and Veterans Exemptions, by state statute, are adjusted each year by the local assessment ratio. Therefore the allowable Veteran’s exemption is $5,640 (6000 x 94%). The Homestead exemption is $18,800 (20,000 x 94%).
Pursuant to state statute, tax appeals must be filed in writing with the tax assessor within 185 days of the commitment of the taxes. The filing deadline for the city's current FY2018 tax year is 185 days from the date of commitment which was July 6, 2017. The appeal deadline, therefore, is January 8th, 2018. Tax appeals must be based upon a claim of over valuation of the property not upon the amount of the tax bill. A taxpayer may only appeal the current assessed value stated on the tax bill.
To submit an address change or correction you will need to present to the assessor’s office a signed, written statement of the changes needed or, return the tear off portion of your tax bill with the noted changes. You may also email the Assessor's office with your request. The city cannot accept verbal requests for address changes.
Portland Downtown is a 501(c)(4) nonprofit organization created to provide day-to-day asset management and marketing services to the designated Downtown Portland area. Its mission is to maintain a clean and safe downtown while building and promoting a vibrant business, residential, and tourism destination.
The organization is funded through a special assessment or supplemental tax on property within the district’s boundaries. The assessed valuations used for the Portland Downtown billing are the same as those for property tax valuation purposes and the rate is $0.92 per thousand for FY2018.
The Portland Downtown office is located at 549 Congress Street, Portland Maine 04101. Call 207-772-6828 or visit them online.
On the right side of your tax bill look for the “current billing information box”. If you received the Homestead Exemption you will see the amounts of $18,800 in the “Homestead” field.
For information regarding payment of taxes, amounts owed, and interest charges, visit the Treasury office in Room 102 of Portland City Hall or call 207-874-8490.
For information regarding valuation of property and ownership information, visit the Assessor's office in Room 115 of Portland City Hall or call the Assessor’s office at 207-874-8486.