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Assess

To determine financial worth. To ascertain the amount of damages. To fix and adjust the individual shares to be contributed by several persons toward a common beneficial objective in proportion to the benefit each person will receive. To tax by having qualified experts estimate the value of property by considering the nature of the property, its size, the value of other comparable property, and the proportionate share of services that is used by that property. To levy a charge on the owner of property that has been improved at the expense of the local government unit, such as when sewers or sidewalks are installed.

assess

v. to set a value on property, usually for the purpose of calculating real property taxes. The assessed value is multiplied by the tax rate to determine the annual tax bill. This function is usually performed by employees of the County Assessor. In California, under Proposition 13, the new assessment can only take place upon sale of real property.

assess

(Appraise), verb aestimare, apprize, ascertain, calculate, calibrate, compute, consider, count, determine, estimate, evaluate, fix the value, gauge, judge, measure, mensurate, mete, rate, reckon, set, valuate, value, weigh
Associated concepts: assess a penalty, assess damages, assessed valuation

assess

(Tax), verb affix an impost, charge with one's share, demand a payment, demand toll, exact a charge, exact a toll, excise, fix a valuation, impose a charge, impose a levy, lay an impost, levy
Associated concepts: assess taxes
See also: adjudge, arbitrate, calculate, compel, consider, criticize, encumber, evaluate, exact, excise, gauge, judge, levy, measure, mete, notice, observe, rate, require, tax

TO ASSESS. 1. To rate or to fix the proportion which every person has to pay of any particular tax. 2. To assess damages is to ascertain what damages are due to the plaintiff; in actions founded on writings, in many cases after interlocutory judgment, the prothonotary is directed to assess the damages; in cases sounding in tort the damages are frequently assessed on a writ of inquiry by the sheriff and a jury.
     2. In actions for damages, the jury are required to fix the amount or to assess the damages. In the exercise of this power or duty, the jury must be guided by sound discretion, and, when the circumstances will warrant it, may give high damages. Const. Rep. 500. The jury must, in the assessment of damages be guided by their own judgment, nd not by a blind chance. They cannot lawfully, therefore, in making up their verdict, each one put down a sum, add the sums together, divide the aggregate by the number of jurors, and adopt the quotient for their verdict. 1 Cowen, 238.

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The plan identified ten discipline areas and two competency areas, including information management (which includes both information literacy and computer competencies), that would be assessed system-wide.
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According to information on MPAC's Web site, all properties in Ontario were assessed as to their estimated value on June 30, 2001.
The New York Public Interest Research Group released a study last week showing that nearly one-third of 213 New York City neighborhoods are unfairly assessed for one-, two--and three-family home property tax assessments.
In this latest version of the report, which is released every two years, the EPA assessed 19% of the nation's river and stream miles, and found that 39% do not support all their intended uses (for example, drinking water supplies or fishing areas).
Improved linkage between the assessed risks and the nature, timing, and extent of audit procedures performed in response to those risks.
Any credible evidence provided by teachers or peers that one or more students are planning a mass homicide of their schoolmates and teachers needs to be assessed with different measures and afforded a graver concern than the more typical anonymous bomb threat.