Why are taxpayers billed for services not received?

Property assessment is an ad valorem tax, a Latin phrase meaning for its worth. Any lack of services, such as rubbish collection, snow plowing, etc. presumably would be reflected in the selling price. Property taxation is a sharing of the total operating costs in relation to the value of one’s reality. 

As such, it is not a user fee in which the taxpayer is liable only for services available or utilized. The most common illustration is that all property owners pay a proportionate share for schools and fire and police protection whether or not they use those services.

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1. Map/Lot - Where can I find mine?
2. Do you have to pay taxes when visiting Hampton campgrounds?
3. What exemptions and credits are available to taxpayers?
4. What should taxpayers do if they have questions about their assessments?
5. How does a taxpayer file for abatement?
6. How does the prevailing real estate market affect assessments?
7. Why are taxpayers billed for services not received?
8. What is the Town of Hampton tax year? vs. Fiscal year?
9. Must taxpayers pay the bill if they disagree with the assessment?
10. What further recourse does a taxpayer have?
11. How does a property owner change the name or mailing address on a tax bill?
12. May the taxpayer compare assessments to those of their neighbors?
13. How often does the Town update property values?
14. What is the definition of market value?