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Frequently Asked Questions
Question: What are the Tax Rates for this Year?

Answer:Obtain Tax Rates by clicking here!

Question: What if I do not agree with the assessed value on my property?

Answer: First check your assessment information.
1. Is my data correct?
2. Is my value in line with others on the street?
3. Is my value in line with recent sale prices in my neighborhood?

If after checking and discussing your assessment value with the Assessor or his staff, and researching the assessments of properties within your area, a difference of opinion still exists, you may appeal your assessment to the Assessors by filling an abatement application. Obtain Abatement Application by clicking here!

Question: When do I file for an overassessment abatement?

Answer: Within 30 days of the third tax bill or "actual tax bill". This bill is usually issued the end of December and applications must be filed with the Board of Assessors no later than February 1. This information is also on your tax bill. Once recieve the Assessors have three months to take action on your abatement application.

Question: What if my abatement is denied and I still believe my assessment incorrect?

Answer: If you receive a notice of denial, you may call and set up an appointment to meet with the Assessors to discuss the reason for the denial. Or you may appeal to the State Appellate Tax Board within three months of the date of the Assessors decision. To go to the Appellate Tax Board Web Site click here!

Question: How can I reduce my tax bill?

Answer: The Town of Winthrop offers a variety of different exemptions for the Elderly, Disabled Veterans, Blind Persons, Surviving Spouses, Orphaned Minor Child and Tax Deferral.

Question: How do I qualify for an exemption?

Answer: Each exemption has its own criteria of qualification. To view what exemptions the Town of Winthrop offers and what the qualifications are please click here!

Question: My Real Estate Assessment went up over 2 1/2 percent! I thought Proposition 2 1/2 said  it could only be increased up to 2 1/2 percent?

Answer: Proposition 2 1/2 is a law that places two constraints on the amount of the tax levy that can be raised by a city or town and how much the levy can be increased from year to year. For more information on Proposition 2 1/2 click here!

 
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