Oct 29, 2015 2:02 PM

Second round of hearings planned on Portsmouth property assessments


PORTSMOUTH —The city assessor will hold a second round of informal hearings next week for residential property owners who saw the value of their properties increase.

READ: Portsmouth neighborhood split, some could see increase in taxes after assessment values skyrocket

“Anybody who had a hearing or did not have a hearing and then their assessment increased from the preliminary assessment, they can have an informal hearing,” Rosann Maurice-Lentz told the Portsmouth Herald. “I’m going to be sending out a letter to those individuals.”

Hearings will be held Monday, Nov. 2 to Friday, Nov. 6 during normal business hours and Monday and Wednesday night until 7:30 p.m., she said.

Maurice-Lentz said there are about 85 people who saw their revaluations go up after they received their preliminary assessment.

Tax bills won’t go out until all the hearings have been held and final assessments have been issued. If a resident is still upset with their valuation, she stressed, they can ask for a formal hearing.

Numerous city residents – including City Councilor Esther Kennedy and former city councilor Harold Whitehouse – have raised concerns about what they see as the inconsistent nature of the revaluations.

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