What is the Portland Downtown assessment?

Portland Downtown is a 501(c)(4) nonprofit organization created to provide day-to-day asset management and marketing services to the designated Downtown Portland area. Its mission is to maintain a clean and safe downtown while building and promoting a vibrant business, residential, and tourism destination.

The organization is funded through a special assessment or supplemental tax on property within the district’s boundaries. The assessed valuations used for the Portland Downtown billing are the same as those for property tax valuation purposes and the rate is $0.57 per thousand for FY2022.

The Portland Downtown office is located at 549 Congress Street, Portland Maine 04101. Call 207-772-6828 or visit them online. To view the boundary map of the Portland Downtown District, click  here.

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1. Why have a property tax?
2. What property is taxed?
3. How is property assessed? (market value)
4. How is the mil rate (tax rate) determined?
5. How does my property value (valuation) affect the amount of taxes I pay?
6. What services do property taxes fund?
7. Why do assessed values change from year to year?
8. Why has my Homestead / Veteran’s exemption changed?
9. How can I appeal my valuation?
10. How can I appeal the tax rate?
11. How can I submit address changes or corrections?
12. What is the Portland Downtown assessment?
13. Was my Homestead Exemption or any other exemption applied to my bill?
14. Where can I get further information?