Assessment Update – 2017 Tax Bills

2017 ASSESSMENT UPDATE INFORMATION

Tax bills were sent out November 29, 2017. If you have not received your tax bill yet, please allow a few days for it to arrive before calling the Tax Collector’s Office for a duplicate. Payment can be made online as indicated on your tax bill by going to bartlett.nhtaxkiosk.com, in person at the Town Hall or by mail. Please check our website for office hours. If you have any questions, please note:

If it is about the AMOUNT OF THE TAXES OR COPY OF BILL = TAX COLLECTOR

If it is about the ASSESSMENT OR ABATEMENT INFO = SELECTMEN’S OFFICE

This year the town underwent an Assessment Update as required every 5 years by the NH Dept. of Revenue Administration. The last complete revaluation was in 2011 and your assessed value has not changed since then until now (unless you had construction or changes to your property). The real estate market has changed a lot during this time period which is reflected in the new values.

There is a listing on our website www.townofbartlettnh.org of all the new values in Owner, Street or Parcel order. Go to the “Town Offices” tab at the top of the homepage, click on “Selectmen’s Office” and you will see it on the page along with a Manual that explains how the values were determined.

When reviewing your assessment, please remember that although it is broken down into land and buildings (in most cases), it is the total value that you must consider whether it represents fair market value. For example, we could have the land at $1,000 and the house at $199,000 for a total value of $200,000. As long as the total value of $200,000 fairly represents market value, it makes no difference how it is broken down. The amount of increase or decrease over last year also does not make any difference, but whether the current total assessed value represents what you could get for your property if it were for sale today.

If you feel that your value is not correct, you may file for an abatement prior to March 1, 2018. Please note, you are responsible for documenting your position as to why you feel your assessment is not correct. Simply stating it is too high or the acreage is wrong without providing adequate documentation will result in a denial. The burden of proof is on the property owner and filing an abatement does NOT stay the collection of the taxes. Abatement forms are available on our website, at the Town Hall, or by sending a self-addressed STAMPED #10 envelope to our office.

If you are inquiring about a Veterans Credit or Elderly Exemption, please note that your Bartlett property must be your primary domicile. The Elderly Exemption is also based on assets and income, not simply because you are a certain age.

Finally, please be courteous to our staff when contacting our office. We prefer that if you have concerns, that you put your inquiry in writing either by mail or email at selectmen@townofbartlettnh.org so that when the Board of Selectmen review them, we hear it directly from you.

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