Department of Assessment determines the market value of all
real estate within the City for assessing purposes. The Assessing
Department handles all deed transfers, property
owner mailing address changes, farmland
assessment and tax exempt applications. The Assessor's
Office also provides applications for and answers questions
about the following property deduction
homeowners who are 65 years and older or disabled may receive
a $250 deduction on their property.
veterans and widows of veterans can receive a $250 deduction
on their property.
disabled veterans may be entitled to full exemption from
property taxes if qualified.
Assessor's Office also administers the five-year residential
abatement program. Certain improvements which add value to
a home (i.e. additions, decks, sheds, extra bathrooms) are
eligible for a property tax abatement. The value that is added,
up to $15,000, will be abated for five years provided timely
application is made with the assessor. Also available is a
five year payment in lieu of tax (PILOT) program for qualifying
new commercial/industrial construction. Contact the assessors
office for details.