Assessing Department

Department Responsibilities

The Assessing Office determines the valuation of all properties, real and personal, in the Town of Wells. 

All properties real and personal are assessed according to the status, condition, and ownership on April 1st of each year, in accordance with Maine State Law. Property is assumed to be taxable unless specifically identified as exempt under Maine State Law.

Property Assessments

In the spring of each year, every property in Wells is reviewed for changes. Those properties that have building permits or appear to have had work done on them are inspected. All campgrounds are visited to address new units or removed units. Even exempt properties, though not taxable, are maintained in the assessing records. Transfers of ownership by deed or by bill of sale for personal property are processed by the Assessing Office, as well as all taxpayer address changes.

Tax Maps

Tax maps are created and maintained by the Assessing Department through the Wells GIS program. Property data, including size and drawing of buildings, elements within buildings, age, condition and value of buildings, all detached structures such as garages, barns, gazebos, sheds, pools, etc, and size, shape, status, and value of the land is maintained by the Assessing Office and is updated on an on-going basis. The tax map database can be accessed here

Certified Ratio

Assessed values are directly compared to selling prices every year and must be registered with the state annually. The state registered and verified comparison is known as the Certified Ratio and is used to establish the valuation of the Town of Wells each year. It determines what the basis is for any state revenues we may receive and what our portion of the county taxes will be.

Tax Proration

The municipal government does not prorate taxes. The status, ownership, and condition of the property as of April 1st is the basis of a tax bill each year. Proration is done between the buyers and sellers of properties. 

The Assessor's Office Can Provide the Following Information:

AddressesProperty Tax Exemption Applications
DeedsStreet Numbers
Land Size and InformationStructure Information
Open Space, Tree Growth or Farm ApplicationsTax Information
Owners of RecordTax Maps
Parcel HistoryTransfer of Property Declarations
Property Tax CardsValuation of Property