Tax Assessor's Office

Fiscal Year 2021 (FY21) REAL ESTATE AND PERSONAL PROPERTY TAX BILLS ARE AVAILABLE AT OUR CITIZEN SELF SERVICE WEBSITE


The Tax Assessor’s office is located in Room 115 of City Hall. This office can assist you online with detailed information on real estate and personal property tax assessments and property tax maps. The assessor's office also keeps track of ownership changes, maintains maps of parcel boundaries, keeps descriptions of buildings and property characteristics up to date, keeps track of individuals and properties eligible for exemptions and other forms of property tax relief and analyzes trends in sales prices, construction costs, and rents to estimate the value of all assessable property.

Property Tax & Records


For FY22, the total value of taxable property in Portland is estimated to be $14.2 billion, which generates $191.6 million in property tax revenue to fund the operation of Maine’s largest city. This value will be set final after all revaluation informal appeals are heard in August. The FY22 tax roll will be committed and FY22 tax bills generated around Labor Day.

The Assessor’s Department maintains tax records on over 24,000 real estate accounts, 3,200 business personal property accounts, and 481 tax maps. Both real estate (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.

FY22 Mill Rate, Tax Due Dates and Assessment Ratio


Property taxes are levied according to a mill rate. The mill rate is the dollars/cents per $1,000 of value that you will pay in property taxes. The estimated mill rate for FY22 (July 1, 2021 through June 30, 2022) is $13.49 or .01349. For example, if you own a home valued at $100,000 then your tax bill will be $1,349 (or .01349 x 100,000). The final tax rate will be set after the final taxable value is set, which will occur after all revaluation informal appeals are heard in August. Because of the additional school and municipal revenue authorized by the Maine Legislature on 6/30/21, this estimated mill rate of $13.49 will be reduced even further!

FY22 tax bills are expected to be mailed just after Labor Day.
The FY22 first half of tax amounts due is Friday, October 22, 2021
The FY22  second half of FY22 tax amounts due is Friday, March 18, 2022

Portland's FY22 ratio between assessed value and market value has been declared at 100%, because of the revaluation. This ratio will be applied, by law, to the following tax exemptions which are then deducted from the assessed value of the property:

  • Veteran's Exemption $6,000 X 100% = $6,000 of exempted value or a direct tax reduction of $80.94
  • Blind Exemption $4,000 X 100% = $4,000 of exempted value or a direct tax reduction of $53.96
  • Maine Homestead Exemption $25,000 X 100% = $25,000 of exempted value or a direct tax reduction of $337.25