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Assessment Review Instructions

The 2014 Assessment Review period opens November 1, 2013.

Informal assessment reviews will be accepted through March 1, 2014.

Formal Board of Assessment Review information will be available after May 1, 2014.

Formal Board of Assessment Review meets Tuesday, May 27, 2014.


Important items to consider before proceeding

* Nominal differences in square footage don't always mean a difference in
overall property assessment.

* Interior and exterior condition of your property can be important factors when
determining market value.

* Make additional copies of all information that you provide with the
application. The information contained with the application becomes
property of the Board of Assessment Review and will not be returned.

* The comparable property sales that you should include with your application should be similar in building style, square footage, amenities. Our online assessment challenge system attempts to guide through this process - including a neighborhood assignment.

* If you are having difficulties finding comparable property sales information on our website, please contact the Town of Amherst Assessor's Office or the webmaster for assistance.

Process for researching and challenging your current property assessment

1. Find and verify your property inventory using our Online Assessment Records

- building style, square footage, bedrooms, etc.
- exterior property photographs
- valid sales information

2. Review comparable property inventories located in your neighborhood

- building style, square footage, bedrooms, etc.
- exterior property photographs
- valid sales information

3. Worksheets are available for residential, commercial, condominium, and vacant properties. Attach any property photographs (Steps 1 and 2 above) or additional information to support your claim.

4. RP-524 is required for Formal Board of Assessment Review.

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