What is an informal hearing?
Towards the end of the revaluation, every property owner receives a notice of their proposed valuation. If they have a question or concern about the proposed valuation, they are asked to call the Assessor to set a date and time for an informal hearing. This appointment is meant to allow a brief discussion about the valuation process, review the specifics of the property in question and to answer general questions the owner may have. Most hearings last about 10-15 minutes. Homeowners are asked to come prepared with their questions and have compared their property to other comparable ones in their neighborhood. They are also encouraged to provide the Hearing Officer with copies of any documentation they may have regarding specific issues with their proposed assessments.

It is important to remember that an informal hearing is not a forum to discuss taxes or town politics nor is it an in-depth class on appraisal practices and theory. It is strictly meant to answer general questions on the proposed property assessments. The hearing officer will takes notes during your meeting to document the information you have discussed. They will later determine if further review of your property assessment is necessary based on these notes. The proposed values are not final until all hearings and any data or value changes resulting from the hearings are completed.

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1. What is a revaluation?
2. Will a revaluation increase taxes?
3. Will all property values change?
4. How will I know if my assessment is equitable?
5. Does the Assessor's Office have the correct information on my property?
6. Why did my land value change differently than my building value?
7. What is market value and who determines my property value?
8. What is an informal hearing?
9. How do I prepare for a hearing?
10. How will I know if a change was made to my assessment after my hearing?
11. If I disagree with my assessment after a hearing, what are my options?
12. Is the valuation model that Bristol uses a proprietary model?
13. I am seeing a lot of news coming from the real estate industry. Is this being reflected in my new assessment?
14. Are waterfront properties unfairly singled out during a revaluation?
15. What sales did you compare to my home to arrive at my value?
16. What if there hasn't been a recent arms-length sale of my property?
17. What if there are no reasonably comparable sales?
18. I recently built my home. Will the actual construction costs be considered?
19. What will happen to my assessment if I improve my property?
20. Will my assessment go up if I repair my property?
21. How can my assessment change when I haven't done anything to my property?
22. Do all assessments change at the same rate?
23. Nobody inspected the inside of my home, how could you reassess it?
24. I've heard that you develop values by computer. Is that correct?