Exemptions

Abatement/Exemption Link

Tree Growth Application :  This program provides a benefit for owners of at least ten acres of forested land used for commercial harvesting. A forest management and harvest plan must be prepared and a sworn statement to that effect submitted with the application. Applications must include a map of the parcel indicating the forest type breakdown as well as all other areas to be excluded from the tree growth program.

Property Tax  Exemption Forms (Homestead,  Veteran, Etc.)   

Homestead Exemption -This program provides a measure of property tax relief for certain individuals that have owned homestead property in Maine for at least 12 months and make the property they occupy on April 1 their permanent residence. FAQ's

Veteran Exemption - A veteran who served during a recognized war period and is 62 years or older; or, is receiving 100% disability as a Veteran; or, became 100% disabled while serving, is eligible for $6,000.

 

Important Real Estate Information:


~The State-recognized assessment of ownership date is April 1 of each year. If you sold your property after April 1 of a given tax year, that year's tax bill will be issued in your name. The municipality is not responsible for forwarding the bill to the new owner.


~The Tax Collector has a duty BY LAW to collect taxes committed to him/her. State law allows the Tax Collector to place a tax lien on any real estate property when the tax remains uncollected between 8 months to 1 year after tax commitment. Municipal tax lien certificates create a tax lien mortgage that has priority over most other mortgages, liens and attachments.


~If the taxes remain unpaid 18 months after the tax lien is recorded, the Town will have the right to foreclose on the tax lien and you will no longer own your property. You have first rights to reclaim your property if you pay all the back taxes owed, not just the tax year that was foreclosed, plus costs and interest.