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Local Tax Rates 

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 30 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


Equalized
To 100%









 
Biddeford 

284-9003

 

$17.53

 

100%

 

$17.53

Bowdoinham 

666-5531

 

$15.40

 

100%

 

$15.40

Brunswick 

725-6650

 

$26.54

 

70%

 

$18.58

Buxton 

929-5191

 

$12.50

 

100%

 

$12.50

Cape Elizabeth 

799-1619

 

$16.28

 

100%

 

$16.28

Casco 

627-4515

 

$14.25

 

100%

 

$14.25

Cornish 

625-4324

 

$12.50

 

100%

 

$12.50

Cumberland 

828-2204

 

$17.00

 

100%

 

$17.00

Durham 

353-2561

 

$14.95

 

100%

 

$14.95

Falmouth 

781-5253

 

$14.21

 

100%

 

$14.21

Freeport 

865-4743

 

$15.85

 

100%

 

$15.85

Gorham 

222-1600

 

$17.30

 

90%

 

$15.57

Gray 

657-3112

 

$17.20

 

85%

 

$14.62

Hollis 

929-8552

 

$11.00

 

100%

 

$11.00

New Gloucester 

926-4126

 

$13.45

 

100%

 

$13.45

North Yarmouth 

829-3705

 

$16.38

 

100%

 

$16.38

Portland 

874-8486

 

$19.41

 

100%

 

$19.41

Raymond 

655-4742

 

$11.25

 

100%

 

$11.25

Saco 

282-1611

 

$18.58

 

96%

 

$17.84

Scarborough 

730-4061

 

$14.77

 

100%

 

$14.77

South Portland 

767-7604

 

$16.70

 

100%

 

$16.70

Standish 

642-4572

 

$12.08

 

100%

 

$12.08

Westbrook 

854-9105

 

$17.20

 

100%

 

$17.20

Windham 

894-5960

 

$14.45

 

100%

 

$14.45

Yarmouth 

846-2401

 

$22.00

 

100%

 

$22.00

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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