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Rockland Council schedules meeting on revaluation impact

By Stephen Betts | Sep 08, 2020
Photo by: Stephen Betts Mechanic Street properties are seeing some of the sharpest property valuation increases.

Rockland — Rockland has scheduled a meeting next week concerning the citywide property revaluation that may lead to sharp tax hikes for some homeowners and businesses.

The City Council will hold an online meeting at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 16, with KRT Appraisal, the city assessor and a representative from the city's law firm.

City Manager Tom Luttrell said he hopes the city will have a projected tax rate by the meeting so property owners can know how their bills will change.

KRT will explain the process it used to determine valuations, the city manager said.

The city's attorney will discuss what will happen if the city fails to implement the new values. He said failure to have values at 100% would impact the amount of homestead and veteran exemptions that property owners can receive, for example, he said.

Citywide, valuations have increased 16% with the average residential increase 2% and commercial/industrial 22 %.

If the 16% increase in valuation becomes final, the tax rate will likely drop by 16% since the amount of taxes being raised will be about the same. This means the tax rate could fall from its current $24.76 per $1,000 of valuation to about $20.80.

This means if a property owner's valuation increased by 16%, they will pay the same taxes. If the valuation increased by more than 16%, they will pay more, and if the assessment increased by less than 16%, they will receive a pay cut.

South End homeowners are seeing sharp increases with some nearly doubling in values while other neighborhoods such as the Samoset Road and Dodge Mountain will see reductions.

The city will be posting information on how the public can log into the meeting and ask questions or make comments.

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Comments (4)
Posted by: Melissa Byer | Sep 09, 2020 23:33

James York I agree 100%. I also agree with Phyllis Merriam we should have a in person meeting outside for anyone who has questions. I know there are many in the North end of town who have been hit hard as well. Coivid or no Coivid if you choose to run for office of any type in my opinion in time of crisis is when you are expected to lead and be their for the people who voted you in. It isn't a time to pass gotcha policy.

Posted by: James York | Sep 08, 2020 22:41

Has anyone looked at what impact the Air B&B and non-owner occupied weekly rentals is having on our neighborhood evaluations?  Once on of the most prized neighborhoods in the city, now the Samoset road is littered with short-term rentals, moreover the push to make lodging profit from our residential neighborhoods is fueling prices in the southend.  With an affordable housing crunch in the city, it is time to work toward ending non-owner occupied lodging in our neighborhoods- is screwing up the housing market in more ways then one.

Posted by: Kendall Merriam | Sep 08, 2020 14:30

(Meant to say the pre-covid public meeting was afforded to property owners impacted by the proposed cell tower.)

Posted by: Kendall Merriam | Sep 08, 2020 14:28

South Enders have requested an in-person, outdoors meeting so that those impacted by double, triple, quadruple revaluations can attend and comment. The same consideration of a public meeting was afforded those impacted, pre-covid, to a public meeting in council chambers and during coivid, an outdoor public meeting for those impacted by the proposed nursing home on old county road. This has set a precedent. Why are neighborhoods most impacted by the revaluations not given the same consideration?

Phyllis Merriam

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