TITLE 44
Taxation

CHAPTER 44-5
Levy and Assessment of Local Taxes

SECTION 44-5-11.6


§ 44-5-11.6 Assessment of valuations – Apportionment of levies.

(a) Notwithstanding the provisions of § 44-5-11 [repealed], beginning on December 31, 2000, the assessors in the several towns and cities shall conduct an update as defined in this section or shall assess all valuations and apportion the levy of all taxes legally ordered under the rules and regulations, not repugnant to law, as the town meetings and city councils, respectively, shall, from time to time, prescribe; provided, that the update or valuation is performed in accordance with the following schedules:

(1)(i) For a transition period, for cities and towns that conducted or implemented a revaluation as of 1993 or in years later:

Update Revaluation
Lincoln 2000 2003
South Kingstown 2000 2003
Smithfield 2000 2003
West Warwick 2000 2003
Johnston 2000 2003
Burrillville 2000 2003
North Smithfield 2000 2003
Central Falls 2000 2003
North Kingstown 2000 2003
Jamestown 2000 2003
North Providence 2001 2004
Cumberland 2001 2004
Bristol 2004 2001
Charlestown 2001 2004
East Greenwich 2002 2005
Cranston 2002 2005
Barrington 2002 2005
Warwick 2003 2006
Warren 2003 2006
East Providence 2003 2006

(ii) Provided that the reevaluation period for the town of New Shoreham shall be extended to 2003 and the update for the town of Hopkinton may be extended to 2007 with no additional reimbursements by the state relating to the delay.

(iii) The implementation date for this schedule is December 31st, of the stated year.

(iv) Those cities and towns not listed in this schedule shall continue the revaluation schedule pursuant to § 44-5-11 [repealed].

(2)(i) For the post transition period and in years thereafter:

Update #1 Update #2 Revaluation
Woonsocket 2002 2005 2008
Pawtucket 2002 2005 2008
Portsmouth 2001 2004 2007
Coventry 2001 2004 2007
Providence 2003 2006 2009
Foster 2002 2005 2008
Middletown 2002 2005 2008
Little Compton 2003 2006 2009
Scituate 2003 2006 2009
Westerly 2003 2006 2009
West Greenwich 2004 2007 2010
Glocester 2004 2007 2010
Richmond 2004 2007 2010
Bristol 2004 2007 2010
Tiverton 2005 2008 2011
Newport 2005 2008 2011
New Shoreham 2006 2009 2012
Narragansett 2005 2008 2011
Exeter 2005 2008 2011
Hopkinton 2007 2010 2013
Lincoln 2006 2009 2012
South Kingstown 2006 2009 2012
Smithfield 2006 2009 2012
West Warwick 2006 2009 2012
Johnston 2006 2009 2012
Burrillville 2006 2009 2012
North Smithfield 2006 2009 2012
Central Falls 2006 2009 2012
North Kingstown 2006 2009 2012
Jamestown 2006 2009 2012
North Providence 2007 2010 2013
Cumberland 2007 2010 2013
Charlestown 2007 2010 2013
East Greenwich 2008 2011 2014
Cranston 2008 2011 2014
Barrington 2008 2010 2014
Warwick 2009 2012 2015
Warren 2009 2012 2016
East Providence 2009 2012 2015

(ii) The implementation date for the schedule is December 31st of the stated year. Upon the completion of the update and revaluation according to this schedule, each city and town shall conduct a revaluation within nine (9) years of the date of the prior revaluation and shall conduct an update of real property every three (3) years from the last revaluation. Provided, that for the town of Bristol, the time for the first statistical update following the 2010 revaluation shall be extended from 2013 to 2014 and said statistical update shall be based on valuations as of December 31, 2014, and the first revaluation following the December 31, 2014 and 2015 statistical revaluation shall be extended from 2016 to 2019 and said revaluation shall be based on valuations as of December 31, 2018.

(b) No later than February 1, 1998, the director of the department of revenue shall promulgate rules and regulations consistent with the provisions of this section to define the requirements for the updates that shall include, but not be limited to:

(1) An analysis of sales;

(2) A rebuilding of land value tables;

(3) A rebuilding of cost tables of all improvement items; and

(4) A rebuilding of depreciation schedules. Upon completion of an update, each city or town shall provide for a hearing and/or appeal process for any aggrieved person to address any issue that arose during the update.

(c) The costs incurred by the towns and cities for the first update shall be borne by the state in an amount not to exceed twenty dollars ($20.00) per parcel. The costs incurred by the towns and cities for the second update shall be borne eighty percent (80%) by the state (in an amount not to exceed sixteen dollars ($16.00) per parcel) and twenty percent (20%) by the town or city, and in the third update and thereafter, the state shall pay sixty percent (60%) of the update (not to exceed twelve dollars ($12.00) per parcel) and the town or city shall pay forty percent (40%); provided, that for the second update and in all updates thereafter, that the costs incurred by any city or town that is determined to be a distressed community pursuant to § 45-13-12 shall be borne eighty percent (80%) by the state and twenty percent (20%) by the city or town for all updates required by this section.

(d) The office of municipal affairs, after consultation with the League of Cities and Towns and the Rhode Island Assessors' Association, shall recommend adjustments to the costs formula described in subsection (c) of this section based upon existing market conditions.

(e) Any property that is either exempt from the local property tax pursuant to § 44-3-3 or pays a city or town an amount in lieu of taxes is not required to have its values updated pursuant to this section and the property is not eligible for the reimbursement provisions of subsection (c) of this section. However, those properties that are exempt from taxation and are eligible for state appropriations in lieu of property tax under the provisions of § 45-13-5.1 are eligible for state reimbursement pursuant to subsection (c) of this section, provided, that these properties were revalued as part of that city or town's most recent property revaluation.

(f) No city or town is required to conduct an update pursuant to this section unless the state has appropriated sufficient funds to cover the state's costs as identified in subsection (c) of this section.

(g) Any city or town that fails to conduct an update or revaluation as required by this section, or requests and receives an extension of the dates specified in this section, shall receive the same amount of state aid under §§ 45-13-1, 45-13-5.1, and 45-13-12 in the budget year for which the new values were to apply as the city or town received in-state aid in the previous budget year; provided, however, if the new year's entitlement is lower than the prior year's entitlement, the lower amount applies, except for the town of New Shoreham for the fiscal year 2003.

(h) Any bill or resolution to extend the dates for a city or town to conduct an update or revaluation must be approved by a two-thirds ( 2/3) majority of both houses of the general assembly.

History of Section.
(P.L. 1997, ch. 179, § 1; P.L. 1998, ch. 16, § 1; P.L. 1998, ch. 208, § 1; P.L. 1998, ch. 446, § 1; P.L. 2000, ch. 55, art. 19, § 1; P.L. 2000, ch. 219, § 1; P.L. 2002, ch. 28, § 1; P.L. 2002, ch. 105, § 1; P.L. 2002, ch. 335, § 1; P.L. 2002, ch. 373, § 1; P.L. 2006, ch. 299, § 1; P.L. 2006, ch. 497, § 1; P.L. 2008, ch. 98, § 37; P.L. 2008, ch. 145, § 37; P.L. 2011, ch. 101, § 1; P.L. 2011, ch. 137, § 1; P.L. 2014, ch. 288, § 1; P.L. 2014, ch. 342, § 1; P.L. 2014, ch. 530, § 1; P.L. 2014, ch. 541, § 1; P.L. 2016, ch. 221, § 1; P.L. 2016, ch. 263, § 1.)