Revaluation Project 2021-2022

Revaluation House

The Town of Falmouth commenced its revaluation of all real estate beginning in January 2021 and concluding by August 2022. The results of the revaluation will be applied to November 2022 property tax bills. Under the supervision of Cumberland County Regional Assessing, the Town has contracted with Vision Government Solutions to perform this work. The Town of Falmouth has created this Revaluation Project Page which will include updates as the revaluation project progresses. The page will include information on the process as well as a schedule. The Revaluation Project Page can be accessed via the home page of the Town website. Additional updates can be found via our social media pages, The Falmouth Focus newsletter, and in our regular Forecaster ads.  

Click here for our Revaluation Fact Sheet

Basic Project Information

WHAT IS A REVALUATION? During a revaluation, all real property in the town is reviewed and assessments are adjusted to their fair market value. A revaluation is the process of conducting the data collection and market analysis necessary to equalize the values of all properties within a municipality for the purpose of a fair distribution of the tax burden.

Beginning on January 19, 2021, data collectors from Vision Government Solutions began visiting Falmouth properties to conduct exterior evaluations (interior evaluations will not occur until later in 2021 and 2022). 

WHAT HAPPENS DURING A REVALUATION? A revaluation project begins with a Data Collection phase. Falmouth will undergo a Full Data Verification Revaluation. Data verification is accomplished through a physical inspection of both the interior and exterior of each property. Improvement dimensions and characteristics are noted.

While the Data Collection phase is going on, appraisers also study property sales and determine where the actual increases and decreases in value are occurring. This study of property sales occurs over a 12-month period prior to April 1, 2022. Appraisers make comparisons and establish parameters to estimate the value of property that has not been sold. The appraisers then review this collected data and apply the determining factors of the sales analysis to value of each property.

Project Schedule 

Exterior Data Collection of PropertiesJanuary 2021-February 2022
Interior Data Collection of PropertiesJuly 2021-May 2022
Land Study and Building Cost StudyJanuary 2022-May 2022
Field ReviewMarch 2022-June 2022
Commercial Study of Market Rents, Expenses & Capitalization FactorsApril 2022-June 2022
Deliver Residential & Commercial Values to AssessorJune 2022
Assessor Review of ValuesJune 2022
Assessment Hearing Notices MailedLate June 2022
Informal Hearings and Hearing Changed Notices Mailed OutJuly 2022
FinalizationAugust 2022
Project CompletionAugust 2022
*Note this schedule is subject to change
 

WILL DATA COLLECTORS COME TO MY HOME? Collection of property data will occur in two phases. In phase 1, beginning in January 2021 and continuing throughout the year, data collectors will inspect the exterior of every property in Falmouth. Residents need not be home for this inspection. Data Collectors will take measurements and walk around the exterior of the property. In Phase 2 of the project, data collectors will ask to see the interior of your home. This phase will begin in July 2021 and continue into 2022. The inspection will take approximately 10 to 15 minutes. While it is not mandatory for residents to allow inspectors interior access, the data they are collecting is vitally important to the accuracy and uniformity of the assessments. You will receive notice by mail prior to a data collector visiting your home. 

WHERE IN FALMOUTH ARE DATA COLLECTORS CURRENTLY WORKING?  Beginning on January 19, 2021 data collectors from Vision Government Solutions began visiting Falmouth properties to conduct exterior evaluations. Data Collection began in the northwest corner of Falmouth, near Cumberland and Windham and are moving east and south through town. Watch this space for regular updates. 

Health & Safety

HOW WILL SAFETY AND SOCIAL DISTANCING BE MAINTAINED DURING AN APPRAISAL? Data Collectors have been trained in all CDC recommended health and safety protocols. They will always wear masks and maintain six feet of distance from home owners. Interior inspections will not begin until summer 2021 and continue into 2022.

HOW WILL I IDENTIFY A DATA COLLECTOR? All data collectors working on Falmouth’s revaluation project work for Vision Government Solutions of Hudson, Massachusetts. Most of the data collectors conducting Falmouth’s revaluation live in Maine and will drive vehicles with Maine license plates. In some cases, however, a data collector may use a vehicle with out-of-state plates. In ALL cases, every data collector vehicle will be marked with the name and/or logo of Vision Government Solutions (see logo below). Data Collectors will be dressed in bright yellow vests and will be wearing a lanyard and photo identification badge. They will also have a letter of authorization from the Town of Falmouth. If at any time, you are suspicious of an individual asking for entry into your home, you may contact Falmouth Police Department at their non-emergency number (207-781-2300) for verification. 

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Additional Resources

Click here for our Revaluation Fact Sheet

Vision Government Solutions, Inc.

Cumberland County Assessing

General questions may be directed to Cumberland County Assessing at: 207-871-8380