Verna Sharpe
Assessing Agent
(207) 384-3010

Brittany Howard
Assessing Technician
(207) 384-3018

MONDAY & THURSDAY 9 am to 4 pm 
FRIDAY 9 am to Noon
Appointments Appreciated

Revaluation FAQ

The Assessing office is fielding many questions regarding the Revaluation. 

A common one is:  “If the KRT Appraiser is at my property and I am not home or it’s not a good time to let them inside, can I schedule an appointment?”  During this phase of the project, KRT is not scheduling appointments.  Any properties in which a complete measure and list inspection was not completed will be included in a 2nd mailing at the end of the project, inviting them to call the KRT office to schedule an appointment.

Two Existing State Programs Benefiting Low-Income Seniors to be Expanded

The Property Tax Fairness Credit, which currently allows eligible Mainers to take a $1,500 credit, has increased to $2,000; it also loosens limits on the program in a way that allows the benefits to remain constant for a Mainer whose spouse passes away.  Note: This program is not administered by the Town of South Berwick.  To claim the credit, you must file Form 1040ME and Schedule PTFC/STFC for the tax year during which the property tax or rent was paid.  For help, call 207-624-9784.  For more info, visit:

The State Property Tax Deferral Program, a lifeline loan program that covers the annual property tax bills of Maine seniors age 65 and older who cannot afford to pay them on their own, has been expanded.  It doubles the income limit on that program to $80,000 and also raises asset limits.  Taxes must be paid back when the home is sold or becomes part of an estate.  Note: This program is administered by the State; however, applications must be filed with the Assessor's Office between January 1 and April 1.  Applications are forwarded to Maine Revenue Services who review and make the determination for acceptance and approval.  Questions can be referred to Maine Revenue Services, Property Tax Division, at 207-624-5600 or  For more info, visit:


The Assessor’s Office is responsible for the valuation of all real and personal property in South Berwick.  This involves inspection of all new construction, alterations, and additions as well as reviews of sales data for the purpose of updating and adjusting cost tables and recalculation of values on an annual basis. Other duties of the office include the maintenance of all property ownership records (deeds, addresses, etc.), property record cards, updating and maintaining the tax maps, administering exemptions, answering inquiries by property owners, appraisers, real estate agents and other members of the public.






Fiscal Year




Tax Year beginning




Taxable Valuation




Real Estate Total

$  1,114,104,800.00



Personal Property Total

$      6,441,200.00



Exempt RE Total

$     151,717,200.00



Exempt Personal Property (BETE) Total

$       5,915,700.00



Certified Ratio




# Acres




# Land Parcels




# Taxable Real Estate Accounts




                                                                   Total Residential Valuation




Total Commercial Valuation

$   121,520,600.00



# Taxable Personal Property Accounts




# Exempt Real Estate Accounts




Tax Rate




School rate




Municipal rate




County rate







Annually, the Assessor’s Office reviews valuations and makes adjustments to the valuations to include any additions and deletions. Part of the assessment process includes conducting an annual “sales ratio study”, which compares the actual selling prices of properties to assessments. The most recent study, conducted for the state valuation purposes, indicated the assessed values to be, on average, at less than 90% of market value requiring the town to make a valuation adjustment in an effort to avoid loss in value to Homestead and Veteran Exemptions.


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