What is an abatement?

An abatement is a reduction of property tax. It may be based on a reduction in the assessed value of taxable property, or a parcel may be exempted completely from the property tax based on ownership and use (a church, for example). A taxpayer may apply for abatement only for the current fiscal year and only if there is a dispute concerning the property valuation or the property classification. An application cannot be filed on taxes from previous years.

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1. How are values determined?
2. What is an abatement?
3. What are the requirements for an abatement of real property taxes?
4. What are the procedures for filing for an abatement?
5. What is classification?
6. What are the classes of property?
7. What should I do if I recently sold my property, but I am still receiving a tax bill?
8. Who is responsible for the taxes if a property is sold after January 1?
9. How do I change my tax bill mailing address?
10. How can I change the tax bill to my name after purchasing a parcel of property?