Abatements are reductions in one's taxable valuation. They are granted when the Assessor discovers an error in assessment or if the owner notifies the assessor of such an error. If the owner believes that the current value placed on their property is inaccurate, unfair, or overvalued relative to other like properties, they may contact the assessing office and request a review of the property or they may take the following steps:
1. Review the property record card (available in the Assessor's office) to assure the accuracy of its data.
2. Check the assessments of similar properties.
3. Provide evidence to the Assessor that the property is overvalued.
4. Contact the Assessor to request a site visit and valuation review by the Assessor.
5. If not satisfied with the review, make a formal abatement request by completing the Application for Abatement of Property Taxes (link below) and returning it with supporting documentation to the Assessor with 185 days of the tax commitment date.
6. If still unsatisfied with the assessment, make a formal appeal to the York County Commissioners The property owner has 185 days from the commitment date (which is usually at or around September 15) to file a formal abatement request with the Assessor.