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68 percent of new assessments challenged in Amherst were reduced

New assessments were lowered on about 68 percent of Amherst properties whose owners challenged them during an informal review process following the townwide reassessment, Amherst officials said Thursday.

Preliminary assessments were challenged on 2,780 properties, representing about 6.2 percent of properties in the town, said Town Assessor David C. Marrano. In a typical townwide reassessment, between 10 and 15 percent of properties are challenged, he said.

The town lowered the assessments on 1,880 of the properties, but did not change them on 900 properties, or 32 percent.

Owners who sought the informal review will be notified of the results in writing by May 10.

Owners who are still unsatisfied, or did not submit an informal review, may file a grievance with the town's Board of Assessment Review, which meets from 8:30 a.m. until 8:30 p.m. on May 23 at a location to be announced Monday. Appointments to appear before the board are not required but recommended. Beginning Monday, owners may call 631-7106 to schedule a hearing.

Necessary forms may be found by visiting and clicking on "2017 Assessment Equity Project."

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