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5/16/2024 - Bangor to begin two-year property revaluation project


For immediate release: May 16, 2024

Contact: City Assessor Philip Drew
Telephone: 207-992-4211


Bangor to begin two-year property revaluation project


BANGOR, Maine – The City in June will begin a two-year revaluation project that will appraise more than 11,000 real estate parcels in Bangor in an effort to establish more equitable property values for all classes of property: residential, commercial, land and other types.

The project is necessary because the last citywide revaluation was conducted in 1987. In addition to establishing more equitable valuations across all properties, a revaluation ensures that accurate property data is collected. The public’s participation in this project will help ensure that data is accurate. A primary goal of the project will be to correct disproportionate taxation by valuing all property at fair market value as of April 1, 2026.

Maine State law requires that municipalities perform a revaluation whenever the ratio of assessment to sales price drops below 70 percent. The City right now is narrowly meeting Maine’s minimum assessing standards, in part because it’s relying on property data that in some cases date back to the 1980s.

City Assessor Philip Drew spoke to the City Council’s Government Operations Committee in August 2023 about the need for a citywide revaluation, and provided further updates during a Council Workshop on May 13. Residents are encouraged to attend informational sessions that will be held to explain the revaluation and answer questions.

The first session is scheduled for Thursday, May 30, at 6 p.m. at the Downeast School at 100 Moosehead Blvd., and a second one is planned for Tuesday, June 11, at 6 p.m. at the William S. Cohen School at 304 Garland St. A third session will be scheduled for a later time and the intention is to have a remote option for this forum.

The City has contracted with KRT Appraisal to conduct the revaluation and data collectors with that firm will identify themselves to property owners and carry appropriate identification. Their vehicles will be marked with an “Assessor’s Office” magnet. Notices will be sent to residents a couple of weeks in advance that provide an approximate date for when KRT will be in their neighborhood. KRT Appraisal’s website,, also will have a timeline for residents.

KRT will knock on all doors where it’s conducting an inspection, and any property without an inspection will receive a letter requesting a call for an appointment. Representatives with KRT will only enter a home or property if an adult is present.

In addition to property owners, tenants also should be aware that data collectors will be knocking on their doors for an inspection, which generally doesn’t take long.

For answers to questions that are often asked about revaluations, please follow this link to the webpage for the City Assessing Department.



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