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The abatement process enables taxpayers to contest the property taxes billed by a county, and its use is required to change tax amounts after the tax warrant is delivered to the Treasurer. The term "abatement" is frequently used to refer to either an abatement or a refund because the abatement petition is used under both circumstances. A property owner or the owner's agent may file an abatement petition with the County to officially request either an abatement or refund. It should be noted that filing a petition for abatement does not change or extend the due date of taxes owed, as shown on your tax bill.

Abatement petitions may be filed within two years of the date the taxes were due, provided that:

  • the property valuation has not been previously protested; and
  • the person or entity filing for abatement was the owner of record for the year(s) being abated.

The filing of the Petition For Abatement or Refund of Taxes, available below, is the first step in a process of appeal that is lengthy and may take up to six months before a decision is rendered on the appeal. Filing an abatement does not change or extend the due dates on your tax bill.

Related Information

The Abatement Process  PDF Icon

Additional information about the abatement process

Clerk to the Board - Appeal Your Property Valuation

Additional information on the Abatement Process (follow the "Enter Abatement" process on the flowchart)

Additional Resources

One Year Abatement Petition  PDF Icon 

Petition form to file an abatement for one tax year

Two Year Abatement Petition  PDF Icon 

Petition form to file an abatement for two tax years.


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