2021 Revaluation Project
All owners of taxable real estate within Orono were mailed notification of any changes to their assessments as a result of the town-wide 2021 Revaluation. A sample of this letter can be found here.
The purpose of this project was to establish an equitable Market Value for all residential, commercial, and industrial real estate as of April 1, 2021. Click here to review the information used to describe and value your property. A few items of note:
- Personal Exemptions (Blind, Veterans, Homestead, etc) are NOT reflected and WILL be applied later.
- Classified Farm and Forestland values ARE reflected in the assessment amount.
- A new tax (mil) rate will be established by the Town in August 2021 for FY22. Multiplying your new assessment by the FY21 tax (mil) rate will result in an overestimation of FY22 taxes.
What if you disagree with your new assessment?
Property owners wishing to have their new assessment reviewed with a representative from Vision Government Solutions have the option of an informal hearing via telephone. The PID number from the notice you received will be needed to schedule an appointment. Please do not call the Assessor's Office to schedule appointments. Appointments may be booked in the following ways:
- Via web scheduler at www.vgsi.com/schedules. On the left hand side of the page is a drop down menu for Appointment Locator. Select Orono, ME Hearings and follow the instructions.
- Via phone by calling Vision Government Solutions at 1-888-844-4300, M-F, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM. This phone number is for booking appointments only. Operators booking appointments cannot discuss values or other assessment information.
- You may also request an informal review of your valuation by writing to Town of Orono, ATTN: Assessor's Office, 59 Main Street, Orono, ME 04473. Please provide as much information as possible to support your request.
All requests for an informal review of your valuation must be made by June 25, 2021. Hearings end June 30, 2021. The results of the hearings will be mailed in early July.
What if you still disagree with your new assessment after an informal review?
A formal request for an adjustment in your valuation, called an abatement request, may be filed at any time within 185 days of the date the Assessor’s final valuations are completed (this is called commitment). The exact date of commitment is not yet known but is usually in August or September; it will be posted on the Assessor’s web page as soon as possible. During most years, this means property owners have until the first few days of March to request an abatement of their property values. It is important to know that, with few exceptions, no adjustments can be made in a property’s valuation after the 185-day window has expired. The results of a formal abatement request can be appealed to the local Board of Assessment Review. You are encouraged to discuss your concerns with the Town Assessor before filing a formal abatement application, as most concerns can be resolved through your discussion with the Assessor.