What does the Assessing Department not do?

The Assessing Department does not raise or lower taxes. The amount of taxes charged is determined by the amount of tax dollars, or tax levy, required to cover the cost of local services. The tax levy is determined by the Town’s spending, which is determined by the voters at Town Meeting. While the Assessing Department is responsible for determining each person’s share of the levy, they have no control over an individual’s tax bill.

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1. What does the Assessing Department do?
2. What does the Assessing Department not do?
3. How do the Assessors determine the value of my property?
4. Am I required to allow the Assessor to inspect my property?
5. How are my taxes calculated and what do these bills represent?
6. What if I disagree with the assessment of my property?
7. Why did my value go up more than others in my neighborhood?
8. What remedies are available to me if the Assessor denies my abatement application and I am aggrieved by this decision?
9. What is Proposition 2 ½?