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Assessing


Contact: Cary Lagace, DRA Certified Assessing Assistant
Address: PO Box 310
143 Main Street
Belmont, NH 03220-0310
Phone: 603-267-8300 x 118
Fax: 603-267-8327 
Hours: Monday-Friday, 7:30am-4:00pm 

 



Staff

Name Title  Extension 
K. Jeanne Beaudin Assessor 603-267-8300 x 124
Cary Lagace  DRA Certified Assessing Assistant 603-267-8300 x 118

Belmont hires Public Works and Finance Directors  Daily Sun 06/27/17


Additional Links & Bookmarks

Tax Credits Tax Exemptions Other
Veteran or Surviving Spouse of Veteran
Blind Abatements
Disabled Veteran or Widow of Disabled Veteran
Elderly Assessing Cards & Interactive GIS Maps
  Improvements to Assist Individual with Disability Assessor's Maps (Tax Maps)
  Solar Energy System Change of Address Form
    Current Land Use Program
    Earth Excavation Intent to Excavate Form
    NH DRA Tax Rate Comparison-2015 
    Revaluation
    Tax Rate History 

  Tax Relief for Renovations 
    Timber Intent to Cut Form 




Mission  
  • Continuous update of property ownership, owners' names and addresses
  • Review and update property assessments as needed, annually.
  • Verification of deed histories and sales research
  • Calculation of Payments in Lieu of Taxes
  • Administration of tax credits and exemptions
  • Abatements    

Property Assessment Notice


Tax Rates and Revaluation

Both the Town and the School District conduct a budget process beginning in late fall through early February and the final budgets are then put before the voters at the Annual  Town and School District meetings.  The total amount of money voted to be raised by taxation is then divided by the Town's total valuation (total value of taxable property) resulting in the tax rate per $1,000 for that year.

Values of properties within the town appreciate or depreciate at different rates due to market fluctuations and the State requires Towns complete a revaluation of properties every 5 years. 

In 2014, the appraisal company of Commerford Nieder Perkins, LLC completed a revaluation of all properties within the Town of Belmont. Belmont's 2013 Equalization Ratio was 122.6% and the purpose of the revaluation was to insure proportionality in our values and to bring all properties to 100% of market value. The 2014 tax rate was based on these new assessed values.

In 2015 The Board of Selectmen will be reviewing proposals to annually adjust property assessments so that the State's 5-year revaluation cycle does not result in unnecessarily large fluctuations in Belmont's tax rate. 

Property Tax: Understanding the Math, Dispelling the Myths (Barbara Reid, Government Finance Advisor for the NH Local Government Center and NH Municipal Association)



Abatements

Abatement Application Form
The deadline for filing an abatement application with the Town of Belmont is March 1 following the notice of tax, which is the bill you receive in late October or early November. The Town has until July 1 following notice of tax to grant or deny the application. You (the taxpayer) must file an appeal to the BTLA or the Superior Court if you are still aggrieved by the Town's decision no earlier than after receiving the municipality's decision on the abatement or July 1 following the notice of tax if the Town has not responded; and no later than September 1.

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Assessor's Maps (Tax Maps)

These maps are for general assessing purposes, are not necessarily based on a legal property survey and cannot be used as a basis to transfer property. Property lines and other information are updated after April 1st annually. Choose the map you wish to view by "clicking” on the appropriate map number shown on the map index page.


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Current Use Program

To apply for current use assessment, the landowner must complete a Current Use Application and submit to the Town by April 15th.  You must submit the filing fee and a map of each parcel going into current use; the map should also show any portion of land not to be classified under current use.

Current Use Booklet

Current Use Forms

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Tax Relief for Renovations

Does your Factory Village District building need renovation, but you're worried about the potential increase in taxes? 

In 2011, Belmont voters approved the adoption of RSA 79-E which will provide temporary TAX RELIEF for a property owner to revitalize their building in the Factory Village District of Belmont!  RSA 79-E allows a property owner to apply to the Board of Selectmen to delay the increases in taxes for up to 5 years.  Please refer to the RSA 79-E Handout or contact the Town Administrator's office at Town Hall for details and an application!  

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Veteran’s or Veteran's Surviving Spouse Tax Credit (RSA 72:28)

Applications may be obtained from the Assessing Office.
  • A Credit of $500.00 from real estate tax bill($250 off 1st tax bill & $250 off 2nd tax bill)
  • Honorable discharge from service
  • Applicant must apply with a copy of DD214 or equivalent
  • Applicant must own property on April 1st of year of application
  • NH resident for 1 year prior to April 1st of the application year
  • Principle place of abode
  • Must be in armed service for a minimum of 90 days
NOTE: If you are receiving a Veterans Credit in any other Town, City or State, you are NOT eligible to receive the Veterans Credit in the Town of Belmont.

Apply by the filing deadline date of April 15th of the current tax year.


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Disabled Veterans or Widow of Disabled Veteran Tax Credit (RSA 72:35)

Applications may be obtained from the Assessing Office. 

Any person who has been honorably discharged from the military service and who has a total and permanent service-connected disability, or the surviving spouse of such a person shall receive a yearly tax credit of $1,400 of property taxes on his residential property.: 
  • Exemption: $1,400 reduction of total real estate tax bill
  • Disability must be total and permanent service-connected injury (regardless of dates served)
  • Principle place of abode
  • Owner of the property on April 1st of application year
Apply with copy of letter from Veterans Administration certifying 100% total and permanent disability by the filing deadline date of April 15th of the current tax year.

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Blind Tax Exemption (RSA 72:37)

A resident who is legally blind as determined by the Blind Services Department of Vocational Rehabilitation, Division of the Education Department shall be exempt each year of the assessed value, for property tax purposes, of his or her residential real estate to the value of $15,000. 

Applications may be obtained from the Assessing Office.
  • Applies only to residential property
  • Applicant must be determined legally blind by NH Services for the Blind
Certification letters to be obtained from:
State of New Hampshire
Department of Education
Bureau of Services for Blind and Visually Impaired
21 South Fruit Street, Ste 20
Concord, NH 03301-8530
Tel: (603) 271-3537
Fax: (603) 271-3816

Apply with copy of certification letter by the filing deadline date of April 15th of the current tax year.


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Elderly Tax Exemption

Elderly Exemption Qualifications (RSA 72:39-a & b)
Applications may be obtained from the Assessing Office.

The Town of Belmont requires that an Elderly Exemption Worksheet be completed to determine if an individual qualifies for the exemption. This form can be obtained at Town Hall.
   
  1. The applicant must be 65 years or older April 1st of the tax year.
  2. The applicant must be a New Hampshire resident for the past three years.
  3. The property in which the exemption is claimed must be the principal place of abode.
  4. Income Limitations (from all sources, including social security):
    a. Single $25,000 
    b. Married $35,000 Income limitations specified are based upon earnings during the prior calendar year.
  5. Asset Limitations 
    a. $150,000 (Excluding the value of the applicant’s residence, excluding excess acreage)
  6. Exemptions 
    a. Age 65-74 $65,000 off assessed valuation 
    b. Age 75-79 $80,000 
    c. Age 80 + $125,000
Apply by the filing deadline date of April 15th of the current tax year. 

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Improvements to Assist Persons with Disabilities Tax Exemption

(RSA 72:37-a)

(click on the above link for requirements) 

The deadline to file is April 15th of the current tax year. 


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Solar Energy System Tax Exemption

In accordance with RSA 72:61, the Town of Belmont offers a Solar Energy System Tax Exemption.  Please contact the Assessing Office for further information and to submit an application.

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