Responsibilities of the Assessing Department:
- Taxation of Properties (including ownerships changes, address changes, etc)
- Maintenance of the Official Town Maps
- Monitoring of Current Use properties and Lien releases
- Timbering Operations and taxation
- Excavation Operations and taxation
- The yearly Inventory of Taxable Property
- Acceptance and processing of Elderly and Disabled Exemptions, Veteran Credits and Exemptions.
The Assessing department is responsible for ensuring that owners of property pay an equitable share of the tax burden based upon property assessments. When changes are made to a property that affect the value of that property, a reassessment must be made to determine the new assessment of the property. In this way, it ensures all property owners are paying their fair and equitable share of the tax burden. Properties which have been issued building permits, those properties having incomplete construction at the time of a previous review as well as those properties which have had site changes (lot line adjustments, subdivision, etc.) are reviewed annually.
It is requested that if any of the assessors come to your property, you support the Town’s efforts to keep assessments equitable and fair by answering their questions and allowing them to measure and list (describe) your improvements.
Jean Packard, Assistant Assessor
Phone : (603) 887-4045
Fax : (603) 887-4404
E-Mail : email@example.com
Municipal Resources, Inc. of Salem, NH – Contracted Assessing Agents
Scott Marsh, Chief Certified Assessor, is available on an on-call, as needed basis.
Office hours: Mon thru Fri 8:30am –4pm
The assessing dept is open during the above hours, but please call ahead to ensure availability. Please be aware that the Assessing staff is out of office at times to conduct property inspections and property cards may not be available immediately. If we are unavailable, a request can be left and we will fax or e-mail upon our return to the office.
Chester’s Assessment Information is now available via the Vision Appraisal Website. Please click on the following link to access:
Current Tax Rate 2012: $23.85 per thousand
Equalization Ratio 2012: 104.6%
Zoning R1 – Minimum Lot size 2 Acres, 290’ Frontage
The filing period for abatements begins once the final tax bill for the year is received (usually at the end of October/beginning of November) and continues until March 1st. If you wish to file an abatement, download and fill out the following form and return it to the assessor’s office.
Once the abatement is received, we will contact you to make an appointment to view the interior and exterior of your property. Once the inspection is done, the assessor will make a determination and submit it to the Board of Selectmen to render a final decision.
Elderly & Disabled Exemptions and Veterans Credits
All exemption and credit applications must be received by April 15th of the tax year. To apply for any of the exemptions and/or credits, please download and submit the following application to the assessor’s office:
Application of Exemption/Credit PA-29 form
Intent to Cut Timber and Intent to Excavate
The forms for timber and excavation are now available electronically and the old four part forms should not be used. The form can be filled out electronically and e-mailed, faxed or mailed back to the office. Below is the link to download the current Intent to Cut form.
pa-7 Intent to Cut Form
Chester Town Maps
Chester’s maps are not on-line, but below is a pdf of the Chester Road map and Index