The Assessing Department is responsible for the annual valuation of all real and personal property in the Town of Scarborough, and maintains property information for approximately 10,000 real estate accounts and 1,000 business personal property accounts. The annual valuation involves inspecting properties, updating tax maps, tracking ownership changes, and analyzing sales to estimate the current market value of all property.
Fiscal Year 2022-2023 Information
- The mill rate is $15.39 per $1,000 of valuation for Fiscal Year 2023. The Fiscal Year runs from July 1, 2022 to June 30, 2023.
- Tax bills are due October 17, 2022 and March 15, 2023 (interest rate 4.0%)
- Assessments are as of April 1, 2022 and were committed on August 25, 2022. The current assessment ratio for Scarborough is certified at 100%.
- 2022-2023 Assessor's Report to the Town Council (PDF)
- Tax Commitment Report - Fiscal Year 2023 (PDF)
Assessments and Commitment
Each year the Assessing Department reviews properties for any changes and finalizes assessments for the Fiscal Year; there are certain dates that property owners should bear in mind, which can vary in some counties and municipalities:
- The statutory Assessment Date in Maine is April 1st. The assessment of your property, reflected in your tax bill, is based on what existed on April 1st.
Please note: any ownership changes, applications for current use or exemption programs, or any improvements made after April 1st will not change the tax bill; changes, if any, will be reflected in the
following tax year based on the next April 1st date. Once assessments are finalized, the tax lists are
sent to the Tax Collector to be processed for billing; this annual process is called “commitment.”
- The Commitment Date is the date when the Assessor commits the town’s assessment roll to the Tax Collector to allow for receipt of payment. Scarborough’s tax commitment generally occurs in August.
2022-2023 Tax Commitment
FY 2022-2023 assessments were committed on August 25, 2022. The mill rate is $15.39 per $1,000 valuation for taxes due on October 17, 2022 and March 15, 2023.
Although 2022 assessments have been finalized, property owners are always welcome to review their property record and reach out to us with any questions; visit Vision Online Database to view and download a PDF of your Property Card (a/k/a Field Card); however, you may first want to view our step-by-step "How to Find Your Property Card" guide for more details. When you locate your property card, you should review it carefully. See our “How to Interpret Your Property Card” visual guide explaining each section of the card.
To learn more about the process for determining the 2022-2023 tax rate, please see "2022-2023 Tax Rate Set". Also see a brief presentation the Assessor delivered at the Town Council meeting on September 7, 2022. Presentation content begins at the "2:01:00" time of the video: https://youtu.be/2amLiF7DUgE?t=7260.