What should be included when completing an abatement form?

It is very important that you complete the application and include specific details. The Assessors will provide you with the appropriate forms to complete your application process.

It is a good idea to visit the assessor's office and do a comparison of your property to similar properties within your neighborhood. To start, request a printout of your property record card and verify that all the data is correct including land size, house style, size based on total square footage as measured using the outside dimensions of the structure, amenities such as fireplace, bathrooms, air conditioning, garages, attic and basement finished/unfinished, decks, porches, and etc. The more details you include with the application showing comparisons the better. With over three thousand property assessments it is possible for us to make mistakes. The key and most important factor is consistency throughout the town and more specifically within neighborhoods. Please keep in mind the new assessments are based on sales analysis of property sold during the preceding year.

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1. How does the Town of Upton Determines Property Value?
2. I recently applied for a Refinance or Home-Equity line. Why was the bank assessment different than the town assessment?
3. What if I disagree with my new property assessment?
4. What should be included when completing an abatement form?
5. What if I am not sure and have trouble completing the form?
6. How can I tell if my value is correct?
7. What about land values?
8. Why can similar properties have different values?
9. How are properties assessed?
10. Will my tax bill go up?
11. How are tax rates set?
12. If values went down why did the rate and tax bill increase?
13. What types of exemptions are available to me to reduce my tax burden?
14. What remedies are available to me if the Assessor denies my abatement application and I am aggrieved by this decision?
15. What if I disagree with the assessment of my property?
16. Am I required to allow the Assessor to inspect my property?
17. How do the Assessors determine the value of my property?
18. What is Proposition 2 ½?
19. What does the Assessing Department do?
20. What does the Assessing Department not do?