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Relocation to MaineLocal government in Maine is primarily supported by local property taxes. Until the early 1950s, the property tax was the only major tax in Maine.

In 1953, the sales tax on retail transactions was enacted, and in 1969, the state´s personal income tax was adopted.

Over the last 50 years, neither the sales nor the income tax has come close to generating the governmental revenues generated by the property tax.

During the decade after the economic recession of the late 1980s, the state's over-reliance on the property tax became even more pronounced. In 1997, 44% of the total revenue raised by the state´s three major tax systems was generated by the property tax. The personal and corporate income tax generated 30% of that total, and the sales tax generated 26%.

This misalignment of burden among the three major taxes was partially addressed by the Legislature in 1998 with the enactment of the property tax Homestead Exemption.

Property Tax Rates - Cumberland County

Town 
 Phone  Mill
Rate

  Assessment
Ratio

       
Biddeford 
 284-9003
 $20.07
 100%
Bowdoinham 
 666-5531
 $16.85 100%
Brunswick 
 725-6650
 $18.37  100%
Cape Elizabeth 
  799-1619   $18.00  100%
Casco 
  627-4515   $15.10  100%
Cornish 
  625-4324   $13.45  100%
Cumberland 
 828-2204  $18.80  100%
Durham 
  353-2561  $18.85 100%
Falmouth 
  781-5253  $15.62 100%
Freeport 
 865-4743 $14.95  100%
Gorham 
 222-1600 $17.10  100%
Gray 
 657-3112 $19.00  90%
Harpswell 
  833-5571 $6.46 
 100%
Hollis 
  929-8552  $12.50  100%
New Glouscester 
  926-4126  $15.60  100%
North Yarmouth 829-3705 $16.27 100%
Portland 
 874-8486 $21.65  100%
Raymond 
  655-4742   $12.30   100%
Saco 
  282-1611 $19.38 93%
Scarborough 
  730-4061  $16.49  100%
South Portland 
  767-7604  $18.00  100%
Standish 
  642-4572  $13.25   100%
Westbrook 
  854-9105  $18.88  100%
Windham 
  894-5960  $16.43  100%
Yarmouth 
 846-2401  $17.16 
  100%


Today, property taxes in Maine generate approximately $1.8 billion a year to fund local government services.

Both real (land and buildings) and personal property (tangible goods) are subject to taxation, unless they are exempted by law or subject to another form of taxation, such as the excise tax for motor vehicles and boats.

Since home furnishings are largely exempt from personal property taxes, the property tax bill for most Maine homeowners is based on the value of the land, the house, and the outbuildings.

 
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