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Appeals

The Assessing Office strives to follow established industry standards developed for valuing groups of properties at once rather than a single property; however, we recognize that there will be situations where this approach may produce an inaccurate estimate. We are committed to working with property owners to ensure every property is assessed at a reasonable estimate of its fair market value as of April 1, 2024. For appealing an assessment, there are two processes:

1.      INFORMAL REVIEW PROCESS

If after conducting your own analysis you believe the value the Assessor has placed on your property does not reflect the fair market value as of April 1, 2024, you will have an opportunity to have an informal hearing to review the data on your property. Note: You should be aware that whenever an assessment appeal is initiated, the assessment can be lowered, sustained (kept the same), or raised. If we receive new information as a result of the informal appeals process, it will need to be considered. It’s important to weigh the potential benefits and drawbacks before proceeding.

The purpose of the informal appeal is to:

  • Verify information on your property record and correct inaccuracies on the property details
  • Bring new details to the attention of the Assessing Office (e.g., damage to property)
  • Discover whether you qualify for any exemptions or assistance programs

If you would like to set up an informal hearing, we respectfully request that you contact the Assessor's Office via one of the following methods:

Email (Preferred): Email an explanation to us at reval@scarboroughmaine.org. Upload relevant documents, if applicable.

Phone: Call us at (207) 730-4060 between 7:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Monday through Thursday to schedule a phone hearing. If you reach voicemail, please leave a brief message with your name, address, telephone number and email address, if applicable. Please also include your preferred availability (days/times of day) for a phone hearing. We’ll strive to return all calls and respond to emails within 5 business days. Initial phone hearings will be scheduled by appointment only from June-August and conducted in 20 MINUTE blocks to serve the most people.

*** There will be an opportunity for a second round in-person hearing, as needed. ***

Reasonable Accommodation Requests: If neither phone or email are effective ways to communicate
for certain residents, arrangements will be made to provide alternative accommodations on a
case-by-case basis.

2.      FORMAL REVIEW PROCESS

If after the informal appeal you still disagree with the findings, you may file an abatement application with the Assessor’s Office.

*** NOTICE ***The Application for Abatement of Property Taxes will be published to this Appeals page by August 1st but it cannot be filed until after the tax commitment date in late August (TBD). You will have 185 days from the date of tax commitment to file your abatement application with the Assessor's Office. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In addition to the above resources, you can get answers to frequently asked questions by visiting our Assessing FAQ and Revaluation FAQ subpages.