What is the difference between assessment year, fiscal year and commitment date?
The assessment year is April 1st of each year as set by state law. The ownership and condition of all property is fixed as of that date each year. Any ownership changes or improvements to the property made after the April 1st date will not change the tax bill. Those changes will be reflected the next April 1st date.

The fiscal year is July 1st thru June 30th. This is the year of the budget approved at the town meeting in June of each year. The tax bills issued in November covers the period of July 1st June 30th.

The commitment date is the date set each year when the Tax Assessor commits the town’s assessment roll to the Tax Collector to allow for the receipt of payment.

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1. What is the difference between assessment year, fiscal year and commitment date?
2. I purchased my property in June of this year, why is the former owner's name still listed on the tax bill?
3. I sold my property in May of this year, why is my name still on the tax bill?
4. I sold my trailer over 8 months ago, the bill is still in my name. What do I do about the taxes?
5. How is the tax rate established?
6. I pulled my trailer out of the campground at the end of the summer, why am I getting a tax bill for July of this year through June of next year?
7. What is market value?
8. What constitutes an arms-length transaction?
9. Is my assessed value what you think my house is actually worth?
10. My property has been on the market for a long time with no offers. Should my value be reduced?
11. Can the town assess me for more than market value or have a ratio of more than 100%?
12. I purchased my house for $275,000 and you have it assessed at $325,000. Will you reduce my assessment? If I had paid more, would you have increased the assessment?
13. Why did my mortgage appraisal come in less than my assessment? Is my tax valuation too high?
14. If the Assessor asks to view the interior of my home, do I have to allow them entry?
15. What causes an assessment to change?
16. When will you do another revaluation?
17. What if I think my taxes are too high?
18. What are my rights and options as a taxpayer?