How is the tax rate calculated?
The tax rate, in its simplest form, is the tax levy divided by the town’s taxable valuation. This is called the Uniform Tax Rate. At the April Annual Town Meeting residents vote appropriations for the upcoming Fiscal Year. This is called the tax levy. The Assessor’s primary responsibility is to find the “full and fair cash value” of your property so that the taxpayer may pay only his/her fair share of taxes.

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1. How is the tax rate calculated?
2. How will the new valuation affect my tax bill? If my assessment went down, how can my tax bill go up?
3. How can my tax bill go up more than 2.5%? Doesn’t Proposition 2 ½ limit the tax increase?
4. I cannot afford this tax bill (on fixed income, lost my job, have financial issues). Can’t the Assessors lower this assessment to accommodate this situation?