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Town of Falmouth, Maine
271 Falmouth Road
Falmouth, ME 04105
town@town.falmouth.me.us
(207) 781-5253

 
Abatement Policy
1. No abatement will be granted without written application.

2. Application for abatement must be submitted within 185 days from the date of commitment (2013 Commitment was September 25, 2013 – appeal deadline March 31, 2014).
NOTE:  Application including all attachments must be signed and filed in DUPLICATE.

3. Burden of proof is upon the taxpayer to show that his/her property is over assessed in relation to other properties in the municipality.  The presumption is that the assessment is valid.  A person disputing an assessment must prove indisputably:

a. That he/she was “over rated” in the sense of overestimation of the property above its true value*, or
b. That his/her property was taxed on the basis of just value or a certain percentage thereof, while the assessor assessed other similar properties at a lesser percentage of just value.
c. The taxpayer has reviewed the subject property record card and if information on the said card is incorrect, has brought said errors to the assessor’s attention.

4. In order to reduce potential interest costs, tax payment should be made on or before the normal due dates on any undisputed tax amount.  The late payment of any taxes not abated will be subject to the normal interest rate to be applied from the normal due date to the date of actual payment.  If you are due a refund because of abated taxes that refund will be paid with interest accrued from the date the abatement is approved by the assessor’s office.


*MRSA Title 36, section 848-A states:  In any proceedings relating to a protested assessment, it shall be sufficient defense of such assessment that it is accurate within reasonable limits, of practicality, except when proven deviation of 10% or more from the relevant assessment ratio of the municipality exists.


 

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