October 19, 2021
City Council Work Session on Tax Assessment
Tuesday, October 19, 2021
City of Belfast
October 19th, 2021
6:00PM City Council Tax Assessment Workshop
Belfast City Hall – Zoom
On October 19th, 2021, Belfast City Council will be conducting a Tax Assessment Workshop via Zoom. The meeting will be held at 6:00PM.
Due to the ongoing public health crisis, per Emergency Order adopted by the City Council on August 12, 2021, all City of Belfast Public Meetings will be conducted online using Zoom and can be streamed on the City website at www.cityofbelfast.org. They will air live on BEL TV, Channel 7.
The City Council will be utilizing the Zoom Webinar feature to allow for public viewing. There will be a website address that will serve as the link to the Zoom meeting and will be on the City website in advance of the meeting. There will also be a phone number next to the website address that will enable someone to participate, even if they are experiencing technical difficulties. There is no requirement to register for Webinars.
During the workshop, Interim Tax Assessor Avis Winchester will make a presentation on the 2021 property tax assessment. In 2021, all residential buildings in Belfast include a valuation increase due to changes to the City of Belfast Cost Tables. This included adjustments to the building costs tables for square foot costs, grade of construction, plumbing fixtures, finished basements, multifamily buildings, cottages, and crawl spaces. In 2020, the Office of the Assessor adjusted garage and shed values. The City had previously been using building costs from 2003 when the last full revaluation of Belfast was completed. These adjustments were necessary to retain the 100% Homestead and Veteran's Exemptions and be more closely aligned with current market value and current costs of construction. Without these necessary adjustments, the City of Belfast would have been closer to 80% certified, causing the Homestead Exemption to be only worth $20,000 rather than of $25,000, and the Veteran's Exemption to be only worth $4,800 rather than of $6,000. By making these adjustments, The City of Belfast retained 100% certified exemption status and was able to lower the mil rate by $1.30/1000 of valuation. Interim Assessor Winchester will be explaining these changes and others in further detail.
Assistant to the Interim Tax Assessor Annie McGowan will also be making a presentation on 2021 personal property tax that including how businesses can benefit from the BETE and BETR reimbursement programs.
Citizens are encouraged to tune in to learn more about general Tax Assessment in 2021 in the City of Belfast. Citizens with specific concerns regarding individual tax assessments and billing are encouraged to contact the Assessing Office directly at 207-338-3370 ext. 117 or email@example.com with questions or to schedule a meeting.