Duties & Responsibilities:
The Assessor's Office is responsible for the valuation of all property in Old Orchard Beach including real estate.
Annually, the Assessor's Office reviews valuations and makes adjustments to the valuations that include any additions and deletions. The department is also responsible for maintaining accurate records of property ownership.
In addition to these and other duties, the Assessor's Office is responsible for processing exemptions for homestead, veterans and widows of veterans.
The Assessor's Office is a clearing house of information such as building and land records, monthly sales transactions and assessment valuation information used by other town departments, the public, and their representatives (appraisers, brokers, attorneys, surveyors, title companies, etc.). Reports are often generated from the commitment file for use by various city departments, as well as the office being the source of addresses for public hearing notification. Computer reports containing various assessment and ownership information can be purchased for a reasonable fee.
The Town Council approves an annual budget for each department which is the basis for the property tax which is committed to the Tax Collector for collection.
The work of the Town Assessor is controlled by State Law and reviewed annually by a representative of the State Department of Revenue Services.