The Assessing functions are performed by the Assessing Clerk, the professional Assessors and the Board of Selectmen. In addition, the Clerk for Assessing processes timber intent to cut and excavation permits, calculates timber tax and excavation tax; and prepares invoices.
People often ask why the second tax bill is so much higher than the first bill. The first tax bill is an estimate based on last year’s budget and tax base. The actual rate is not set until November of every year. The Town doesn’t receive the amount to be raised by taxes for the County, State and the school until November. Your first bill is usually lower because of that timing. The second bill has to catch up on all of the increases in six months and is therefore twice the increase as the annual tax increase.
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If you feel you may be eligible, you must apply prior to March 1st for tax abatements, and prior to April 15th for all other requests to be considered for the next tax cycle.
Before you construct new structures or improvements or additions to existing property, you are required to get a building permit. Failure to get a permit may result in a fine. Call our Building Inspector, at 523-4501 ext. 4 if you have any questions. More information is available on the Building Inspector page.
The company of Granite Hill Municipal Services does tax assesment for the Town of Canaan. Appointments are not scheduled, but their vehicles will be marked.