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Bath residents force town board to reject reassessments that would’ve caused major tax hike

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Nobody likes hearing that taxes are going up.

Such is the case in the town of Bath, where a Town Board meeting was held on April 10, with residents pouring out to voice frustrations about assessments.

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Properties were recently reassessed. It’s something that happens in most communities every few years. However, it has become a flashpoint for many who have watched the home prices soar in recent years.

Reassessment typically means higher taxes. According to local officials, properties have seen assessment adjustments as high as $50,000 to $250,000.


How much does that cost?

Well, property tax rates are calculated on a per-thousand basis. So, you’ll often hear officials describe the tax rate in a community, as XX-dollars per thousand of assessed value.

Say you lived in a community where the tax rate was $10 per thousand, and your home was previously assessed at $150,000. Your tax bill would come out to approximately $1,500. If your home is reassessed- and because of market conditions- the estimated value of that home is now $200,000 or $250,000- your tax bill just increased by a significant amount.

By $1,000 or $1,500 annually in those scenarios.

In the town of Bath reassessment hadn’t taken place since 2018. And surely, the value of those homes have changed over that time. However, after a lot of frustrated residents turned out to that meeting- the town board opted to redo reassessment at a later date.