Some Paris property owners may see their taxes increase

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Jul. 15—PARIS — Some property owners may see their taxes increase when they receive their bills next week, even though the tax rate has dropped, Town Manager Dawn Noyes said.

"Due to rapid changes in the real estate market over the past several years, it was necessary for the Assessor's Office to implement a market update and equalize the assessments of property values in the Town of Paris," according to the town website.

Instead of doing a full revaluation, which Noyes said is time-consuming, expensive and can create its own set of issues, the town chose to "tweak the property values back to where they should be today," she said at Monday's meeting. The adjustments across the board provide a more fair-market value of property in town.

The tax rate for 2022-23 fiscal year dropped from about $18 to $14.08 per $1,000 of assessed property value.

The higher assessments could raise taxes for some and lower taxes for others, depending on the market value of the property.

Board of Selectmen Chairman Christopher Summers invited residents with questions about their tax bills to contact town assessor Cindy Namer at the Town Office on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

In other business, the bard accepted $692 in a forfeiture case.

Noyes announced that Parsons Road will be down to one lane for the next three weeks or so while a culvert is replaced with a box culvert.

She said paving will start in August, beginning with Halls Pond Road, as well as King Hill and Streaked Mountain roads. The paving project should be completed by the time school begins.

Summers was reelected as chairman of the board, while Scott McElravy agreed to serve another year as vice chairman.