Town of York Assessor's Office
The Assessor's Office has an open door policy and welcomes all taxpayers with questions or concerns about their assessments to call or stop by the office. We are also happy to answer questions via e-mail:
Monday - Friday
8:00am - 4:30pm
Rick Mace, CMA - Tax Assessor
Julie Romano, CMA - Asst. Tax Assessor
Luke Vigue, CMA - Appraiser
The Assessor's Office is responsible for the valuation of all real and personal property in York. Other duties of the office include the maintenance of all property ownership records (deeds, addresses, etc.), property record cards, updating and maintaining the tax maps, administering exemptions, answering inquiries by property owners, appraisers, real estate agents and others from the public, and maintenance of E911 addresses.
The 2012/2013 taxable valuation for the Town of York is $3,849,714,344. This includes taxable real estate with a total of $3,824,707,200 and taxable business personal property with a total of $25,007,144. The assessed value of exempt property is currently $196,344,900. York's certified assessment ratio for 2012/2013 is 100%. York's 2013 State Valuation (2011 actual) of $3,928,900,000, which is the State's estimated 100% valuation, ranks second in the State of Maine. York's land area is 64 square miles and is made up of 8,909 land parcels. York has 10,575 real estate accounts, 654 personal property accounts, and 260 exempt accounts.
York’s current tax rate is $9.96 per thousand dollars of valuation. Annually, the Assessor's Office reviews valuations and makes adjustments to the valuations to include any additions and deletions. Part of the assessment process includes conducting an annual "sales ratio study", which compares the actual selling prices of properties to assessments. The most recent study, conducted for the state valuation purposes, indicated the assessed values to be, on average, at 100% of market value. The average assessed value of improved single family residential properties that have sold during the twelve months prior to April 1, 2012 is $439,935. The average selling price for those same properties is $457,943. The average assessed value of unimproved lots that have sold during the twelve months prior to April 1, 2012 is $150,171, with an average selling price of $152,935.
PROPERTY TAX EXEMPTIONS
& PROPERTY TAX RELIEF
There are several forms of property tax relief available to York residents.
STATE OF MAINE CIRCUIT BREAKER PROGRAM: This is a tax relief program administered by the State to individuals whose property taxes exceed a certain amount of their income. Renters, as well as homeowners can take advantage of the circuit breaker program - a person does not need to own his or her home to be eligible. Applications for the property tax & rent relief program are available online at the Maine Revenue Services website from August 1, 2012 through May 31, 2013 (the filing deadline). There is a link to the application form on this page.
TOWN OF YORK CIRCUIT BREAKER PROGRAM: The Town of York enacted a property tax relief program similar to the State's Circuit Breaker program. Any York resident who qualifies under the State Program may be eligible for the Town's program. For more information or to apply for benefits under this program please contact the Town Clerk's Office.
HOMESTEAD EXEMPTION: The Homestead exemption reduces the property tax bill of all York resident homeowners who apply for the exemption by April 1st and who have owned and lived in their house for the prior 12 months. The exempt amount of $10,000 is deducted from the property's total taxable value. Applications can be obtained in the Assessor's Office or downloaded from this page and must be filed on or before April 1st of the year it will go into effect.
VETERAN'S EXEMPTION: Any York resident who was in active service in the armed forces of the US during a federally recognized war campaign period and, if discharged or retired under honorable conditions, may be eligible for a $6,000 reduction in valuation. The veteran must have reached age 62 or be receiving a pension or compensation from the US Military for total disability. Applications can be picked up in the Assessor's Office or downloaded from this page and must be filed with discharge documents on or before April 1st of the year it will go into effect.
BLIND EXEMPTION: Any York resident who is certified to be legally blind by their eye care professional is eligible for a $4,000 reduction in valuation. A letter from your eye care professional must be filed by April 1st of the year it will go in effect.