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The assessment roll represents an inventory of all properties in a given jurisdiction; it indicates the quantity, characteristics and the value of each property. The Town of Brome Lake is responsible for assessing all buildings on its territory. Assessors have a mandate to assess all residential, commercial, industrial, institutional and agricultural properties at their market values.
PROPERTY ASSESSMENT – VISITING YOUR PROPERTY
The assessor has a legal obligation to verify the physical condition of buildings every nine years, and may visit all the properties on the territory, whether or not physical changes have been made to the property.
ACT RESPECTING MUNICIPAL TAXATION
The Act respecting municipal taxation is the provincial law governing the work of municipal assessors. As part of his responsibilities, sections 15 and 16 of the act authorize the municipal assessor to visit and examine all properties.
Section 15 – Visit of the assessor
The assessor or his representative may, in the performance of his duties, visit and examine any property situated in the territory of the local municipality, between 8:00 a.m. and 9:00 p.m. from Monday to Saturday, except on holidays.
Identification of the assessor
He must carry an identification card bearing his photograph issued or certified by the clerk of the municipal body responsible for assessment, and must show it on request.
Section 16 – Hindrance
Every owner or occupant who refuses access to any property to the assessor or his representative acting by virtue of section 15, or hinders him, without legitimate reason, is guilty of an offence and is liable to a fine of not less than $100 and not more that $50,000.
Only owners whose assessments are revised will be informed of changes. Normally, within three months of the technician’s visit, you should receive a notice of alteration indicating the new value. You have 60 days following the date the notice of alteration was mailed to ask for an administrative review of the new assessment. To apply for an administrative revision, you must fill out the form Application for Review of the Real Estate Assessment Roll available at the Town Hall.
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