Assessment Department

Tax Appeal Form Notice:

All 2022 Tax Appeal Forms will be made available starting July 31, 2022.

The Assessment Department is responsible for establishing the value of all real and personal properties for taxation purposes. Duties include updating and maintaining all information with deeds, exemptions, mapping, motor vehicles, personal property, and real estate. The Assessment Department is also responsible for discovery of real estate improvements without permitting, discovery of new businesses, as well as the oversight of improvements for the purpose of accurate valuation.
Welcome Homeowner:
On behalf of the Town of Westerly, we would like to welcome you to our community. Please take a moment to look at the Exemption page for programs for which you may be eligible. The forms are available by clicking on the name of the Exemption. If you have any questions please call or email the Assessment Department through our staff directory.

Revaluations are completed every three years in conformity with Rhode Island General Statutes. Westerly completed a full revaluation effective December 31, 2018, which is the date reflected in the present valuations. The revaluation included exterior measurements of all structures and a request to inspect the interior of all buildings. The next statistical revaluation is effective December 31, 2021.

Real estate values have risen significantly since the last revaluation, and the new values will reflect this strong market. Please note that higher property values do not necessarily result in higher taxes; the tax rate will be adjusted downward to account for the rise in the grand list.

Tax bills are mailed at the beginning of July. A property owner may then formally appeal their assessment to the Town Assessor within the ninety days from the date the first tax payment is due.  Directions for appeal may be found on the reverse side of the tax bill and in the Assessment Appeal Forms section. The deadline to appeal to the Assessor is October 29, 2022.