Abatements, or tax appeals, are made through the statutory abatement process governed by M.R.S.A. Title 36 Section 841-850. An abatement is a reduction in property assessment. They are granted when the Assessor discovers an error in assessment or if the owner points such an error out. According to Maine Law (Title 36 Section 848-A), it is considered a sufficient defense of an assessment alone if it falls within 10% of the relevant assessment ratio of the municipality.
If the owner believes that the current value placed on their property is inaccurate, unfair, or overvalued relative to the current real estate market, they may take the following steps, in order:
- Review the property record card (available in the Assessor's office) to ensure the accuracy of its data
- Request an informal valuation review by the Assessor. (not required, but often issues can be resolved without a formal appeal) & provide evidence to the Assessor that the property is overvalued.
- Make a formal abatement request. Forms are available in the Assessor's Office. Appeals must be in writing and provide credible and affirmative evidence of value or unjust discrimination.
A person disputing an assessment must prove indisputably:
- That he/she was “overrated” in the sense of overestimation of the property above its true value*, or
- That his/her property was taxed based on just value or a certain percentage thereof, while the assessor assessed other similar properties at a lesser percentage of just value.
- The taxpayer has reviewed the subject property record card and, if the information on the card is incorrect, has brought said errors to the assessor’s attention.
- Make a formal appeal of the Assessor's decision to the Gardiner Board of Assessment Review.
- Make a formal appeal of the board of review decision to Superior Court.
In making a formal abatement appeal, the assessment is presumed valid, and the burden is on the taxpayer to show that it is manifestly wrong in relation to just value. CMP v Town of Moscow, 649 A.2d 320 (ME.1994)
Abatement applications must be received by February 25, 2023, for reconsideration of the April 1, 2022, assessment. Please click here to view the State of Maine bulletin regarding abatements and appeals.
If at any time you have questions about your property assessment or forms and information on this website, do not hesitate to contact me.
Asessors' Agent: Devin Parent Phone: (207) 868-2886 Email