Preliminary valuations for all residential properties in Bath have been released! This page is where you can find more details on how your property was valued, how your valuation compares to others, and, overall, what the revaluation tells us about residential property values in Bath.
For more on how the revaluation was completed, see the Revaluation overview page.
For information on your specific property, the best place to obtain information is the website for Vision Government Solutions, the company that performed our revaluation in Bath. The Bath database can be found (as of August 8, 2019) at http://gis.vgsi.com/BathME/. If you're unable to look up your property on the web, please contact or visit the Assessor's office (we are on the 3rd floor of City Hall) and we'll help you find the information you need.
Overall, residential property in the City of Bath increased by 14%. Each neighborhood, and each type of property, changed a bit differently, but most property increased from 8% to 20% (within 6% either way of the overall 14% change). The charts below show some breakdowns of the changes in valuation.
Valuation Change by Assessing Neighborhood
|Neighborhood||2019 Proposed Valuation (Total)||2018 Valuation (Total)||Percent Change|
|Upper North End||$35,832,360||$32,630,400||9.81%|
|Upper South End||$66,686,000||$58,425,400||14.14%|
|West Chops Pt||$18,313,180||$16,869,700||8.56%|
Valuation Change by Type of Use
|Land Use Type||2019 Proposed Valuation (Total)||2018 Valuation (Total)||Percent Change|
|Mixed Use (Primarily Res)||$8,344,100||$7,191,100||16.03%|
|Single Family Waterfront||$50,248,300||$49,387,900||1.74%|
|Single Family In-law Apt||$6,028,740||$5,151,600||17.03%|
Information on the revaluation results, including breakdowns by style, grade and other factors are posted on the Residential data page.
It depends. The residential valuation is just one part of Bath's revaluation, and values for the commercial properties, and for business equipment (business personal property) haven't yet been completed. Overall, though, it is reasonable to think that Bath's total valuation will be larger in 2019 than it was in 2018.
Your tax bill isn't just based on your property's valuation, however. Each year, the assessor figures out the total taxable valuation of all of Bath's property. and then divides the amount the city (and the county and the schools, all together) need to raise by that total taxable valuation in order to figure out the tax rate (sometimes called the mill rate). That's the number that tells you what your particular tax bill will be.
So if the whole City's property valuation goes up, but our budget stays about the same (which it did this year - there is just a 1% increase overall in the budget), the tax rate will be lower than it was last year, and that may mean your taxes go down instead of up.
Here's an example of how this works, and why, sometimes, your property value goes up, but your taxes actually go down:
|Cindy Lou Who's Value and Taxes|
|Before Revaluation||After Revaluation|
|Total Whoville Taxable Valuation|
|Tax Rate (Mill Rate) = Budget divided by total value|
|.025 ($25 per $1,000 of value)||.021 ($21 per $1,000 of value|
|Cindy Lou Who's assessed value (in green, below)|
|Cindy Lou Who's tax bill (in blue, below)|
There are links to lists of Bath properties sorted by location and by owner on the Residential Revaluation Data page. There are also books with this information printed out located in the City Clerk's office and at the Patten Free Library.
The residential property sales used by Vision to develop the valuations for Bath's residential properties, along with information about the property's characteristics, can be found on the Residential Revaluation Data page.
Residential property owners received a letter explaining how to set up an informal hearing with the Vision Government Solutions appraisers who completed the revaluation for the City of Bath. These informal hearings will be held from August 12 to August 23, and they provide an opportunity to correct mistakes in how a property has been described or valued, as well as learning how your valuation was arrived at. Hearings can be held in person at City Hall, or can be set up as telephone appointments. Or you can write to the Assessor's office by August 23 and provide information on how you think your property is described or valued incorrectly, and we'll review your valuation.
If you are unable to attend an informal hearing in the next two weeks, you still have an opportunity to correct mistakes in how we have described your property, and to ask the Assessor to change the valuation of your property. After the new values have been committed (assessor-speak for "delivered to the treasurer so tax bills can be sent out.") at the beginning of September, the normal assessment appeal process begins. For more on that process, please see the Abatements and Appeals page on the Assessor website. Generally, taxpayers have 185 days from the date of commitment (posted on our Assessor's web page) to appeal their valuation. In 2019, the deadline is likely to be in early March of 2020.
As a Bath property owner, you play a crucial role in the success of our city-wide revaluation. You are the last fact-check on our descriptions of your property, which are the basis of our valuations. Please review the information we have on your property and let us know if there are errors. We want to ensure your property is valued correctly, with a system that:
Values similar properties with similar values; and
Values Bath properties of all types at a similar valuation ratio -- for 2019, set to approximate the market value of your property.
That way, all of us are contributing our fair share to Bath's tax burden.