How can my assessment change when I haven't done anything to my property?

Since assessments must be set at market value, rising real estate values in the Town resulted in higher assessments.  As property values change in the marketplace (sales), those changes must be reflected in the assessments.  All properties, however, do not change in value to exactly the same degree.  Many factors influence values.  Among the numerous factors to be considered are location, condition, size, quality, number of baths, finished basement, garages, additions, and traffic.

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1. How are my taxes determined?
2. What is an Assessment?
3. Why did my Assessment change?
4. Is the purpose of a revaluation to increase taxes?
5. How can my assessment change when I haven't done anything to my property?
6. What if I disagree with the assessed value of my property?
7. When can I apply for an abatement on my real or personal property?
8. Who may file an application for abatement?
9. If I apply for an abatement, do I still have to pay my taxes on time?
10. What happens after I submit my application for abatement to the Assessors?
11. May I appeal a denial by the Assessors to grant my application for an abatement?