A commitment book lists every taxable real and personal property in the City of Bath. This record include property owner's names and addresses, property valuations, property tax exemptions, and the amount of property tax assessed for each property. Each year's commitment is recorded in a document that is a permanent public record.
Due to past fires, many older Bath records are missing. The few commitment books we have from the 1800s have been microfilmed or photographed and are available digitally. Some are in our office; most are at the Sagadahoc History and Genealogy Room of the Patten Free Library. Recent commitment books generally also include lists of those real and personal properties that are exempt from taxation.
The Assessor creates property record cards describing each potentially taxable property (real or personal) in the City of Bath. New cards are generally created when a revaluation is completed. The card provides information on the method and basis of assessing that property, and can be reviewed for any property upon request.
Property record cards back to 1967 are available in the assessor's office. Cards since 1978 generally include a photograph of the property.
Tax maps showing lot numbers or other characteristics representing parcels assessed for taxation are permanent records. Our earliest tax maps are from the 1930s.
Materials related to E9-1-1 addressing in the City of Bath are public records. The E9-1-1 program was first completed in Bath in 1999.
Aerial photographs of land use in Bath are permanent public records.
Record books recording tax abatements and supplemental assessments made in the City of Bath are permanent public records.
Although most information in the Assessor's Office is a public record, under Maine law, the following types of information is confidential.