TAX YEAR 2020 ABATEMENT INFORMATION
WHEN TO FILE:
Following the issuance of the final property tax bill, property owners or aggrieved parties may file an abatement application with the Department of Assessment. Applications must be received by March 1, 2021.
REASONS TO APPLY:
An error in the assessment, a disproportionate assessment, or a question of law. The burden of proof for the abatement is on the taxpayer.
THE ABATEMENT PROCESS:
After the Department of Assessment receives the completed abatement application, the Department may contact the applicant or representative to schedule an appointment to inspect the property(s). Please note: It is necessary to consider all properties (located in Keene) which are owned by the applicant in determining disproportionality.
Once the application is reviewed by the Department of Assessment it will then be brought before the Assessor’s Board. The Board will consider all of the information submitted to them prior to the meeting to assist them in making their determinations. The Board consists of three regular members and the City Assessor. The City Assessor is the chairman and the only non-voting member. The duties of the Board include all decisions relating to property tax abatements.
WHEN WILL A DECISION BE MADE:
The Board of Assessors have until July 1st to either grant or deny the application. If the Board does not send notice by July 1st the application is “deemed to have been denied” (RSA 76:16).
To assist in processing the abatement application as expeditiously as possible we ask that four (4) copies of the application, including any supporting documents, be submitted along with one original application.