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Property Tax Stabilization REPEALED
LD 290 “PROPERTY TAX STABILIZATION FOR SENIOR CITIZENS” HAS BEEN REPEALED BY THE STATE LEGISLATURE
The LD 290 “Property Tax Stabilization for Senior Citizens” program, enacted in August 2022 was repealed by the Maine Legislature on July 6, 2023. This popular program had allowed Maine seniors 65 and older who owned a permanent residence for at least 10 years and were receiving (or eligible for) a homestead exemption, to freeze taxes at the previous year’s level regardless of income.
The repeal of this program means there will be no reapplication process and no need to follow-up with the Assessing Department in August, as previously thought. Although the program has been repealed, your application that was filed in 2022 will still be administered this year for the upcoming 2023 Tax Commitment. As a result, for this year’s upcoming bill, approved applicants will only be responsible for the "frozen" property tax bill amount—this amount will be equal to the tax amount the owner was billed last year, unless their new billed amount would be lower, in which case they'd owe the lower of the two amounts. Per the law, the State will reimburse the Town for 100% of the difference between actual and frozen taxes.
It is important to note that these are State programs and while the Town plays a role in the administration of them, the Town is not responsible for the policy objectives of these initiatives. Any questions or concerns owners have regarding this program should be directed to your legislative representative. To find your representative, please visit: https://legislature.maine.gov/senate/
TWO EXISTING STATE PROGRAMS BENEFITING LOW-INCOME SENIORS TO BE EXPANDED
To help lower-income seniors avoid higher property taxes and remain in their homes, two existing State programs are being expanded:
1. The Property Tax Fairness Credit, which currently allows eligible Mainers to take a $1,500 credit, has increased to $2,000; it also loosens limits on the program in a way that allows the benefits to remain constant for a Mainer whose spouse passes away. Note: This program is not administered by the Town; to claim the credit, you must file Form 1040ME and Schedule PTFC/STFC for the tax year during which the property tax or rent was paid. For help, call 207-624-9784. For more info, visit:
2. The State Property Tax Deferral Program, a lifeline loan program that covers the annual property tax bills of Maine seniors age 65 and older who cannot afford to pay them on their own, has been expanded. It doubles the income limit on that program to $80,000 and also raises asset limits. Taxes must be paid back when the home is sold or becomes part of an estate. Note: This program is administered by the State; however, applications must be filed with the Assessor's Office between January 1 and April 1 each year. Applications are forwarded to Maine Revenue Services who review and make the determination for acceptance and approval. Questions can be referred to Maine Revenue Services, Property Tax Division, at 207-624-5600 or Prop.firstname.lastname@example.org.
NEW OFFICE HOURS
Thursday 10 - 2
Friday 10 - 2
Open the LAST Friday of the month 10 - 6
Voting Questions &
Our Clerk Barbara Reed works from home. Please contact her with any and all voting related questions 943-5538
Credit Cards Accepted!
We now accept any major debit/credit cards! We use Municipay so there is a 2.65% convenience fee ($3 minimum) that will be added on to your purchase total.
Lake View Assessors’ meetings are scheduled monthly on the 2nd Thursday at 4:00 PM at the Lake View Plantation Office, 27 Church St., Brownville, ME. Meeting times are subject to change.
Celebrating 130 Years!
Our municipal office is located at 27 Church St, Brownville, Maine, behind the Post Office. Hours are Thursday 10:00 am - 2:00 pm,
Friday 10:00 am - 2:00 pm & the LAST Friday of the month 10:00 am - 6:00 pm. Call 207-965-8119.
At the Lake View Plantation Municipal Office, we can help you with:
Motor Vehicle Transactions
Hunting and Fishing Licenses
ATV, Boat, and Snowmobile Registrations
(Excise taxes for Motor Vehicles and Boats must be paid to Lake View Plantation directly)
The Lake View Plantation Town Clerk works from a home office and is readily available to assist you with:
Leave a message at 207-943-5538 for a prompt return call.