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Standish Municipal Building
175 Northeast Road [Route 35]
Standish, ME 04084
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(207) 642-4572
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(207) 642-5181
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Monday - Thursday, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
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2013-2014 Tax Year $12.08 per thousand dollars of valuation.

The tax year runs from July 1, 2013 to July 30, 2014.  The yearly bill is legally a single obligation, but is separated into two payments, for our tax payer’s convenience. There is some rounding of numbers in the process to make your tax bills. This usuaully accounts for less than $1 variation. Please pay the bill as written.

Although we have seen more sales in the past year than since the recession hit, the market has continued to remain soft and spotty. Some minor reductions have been made to land values for 2013-2014 to adjust for market conditions.

Taxes have increased this year with one of the reasons, an increase in the School Budget.   The State dramatically reduced the money it allocated to the School District for employee retirement.  That cost was passed on by them to the taxpayers.  Later the State had a change of heart and said it would give  the School District over $600,000 which could have been used to  cover those retirements. Our  Town Manager and a number of our Town  Councilors met with the School Board to ask for a share of those funds. At that meeting we were told that the State had only given them a portion of the money and it was not certain when or if they would receive the balance. Based on that the School District said it would not committ to give us any portion of the funds it had received or might receive in the future.


The Town of Standish has no say over how the School District operates. The School system accounts for almost 75% of the tax burden to Standish Taxpayers. The School System and County together account for 80% of your tax bill.

Nevertheless Standish has the lowest tax rate in Cumberland County at $12.08 per thousand.  Cornish and Buxton are at $12.50, Windham $14.45, Scarborough $14.80 and Gorham $19.42…Some of these figures are projected rates and others have been adjusted to 100%. All provide a reasonably accurate picture of what taxes are like in our neighboring towns.

If you feel there is an error in your assessment please contact us. We will fix any errors promptly and issue an abatement, which generally is handled as a credit on the next tax bill. If you still disagree with our findings you have 185 days from our commitment date of Sept 12, 2013 to file an appeal.

2012-2013 Tax Year $11.60 per thousand dollars of valuation.

The tax year runs from July 1, 2012 to July 30, 2013.  The yearly bill is legally a single obligation, but is separated into two payments for our taxpayers convenience. The first payment is due 11/15/2012 and the second payment 5/15/2013. There is some rounding of numbers in the process to make your tax bills. This accounts for less than $1 variation. Please pay the bill as written.

The market has continued to remain soft with far more sellers than buyers. In order to adjust for market conditons an approximate 4% reduction was made to all structures on a town-wide basis. This includes every house, garage, barn, store. etc.

You may notice an increase in your taxes over the prior years. There are a number of factors responsible for this increase.

Although we have reduced the Municipal budget by over One Million Dollars a more than 10% reduction (the Municipal budget includes Police, Fire, Road Maintenance and all other Town services), what we have to pay to the School System has increased substantially.  On top of this our income and the revenue sharing from the State of Maine has decreased significantly.

The School and County account for nearly 75% of your tax bill. We have no control over their budgets. Despite the increase we continue to have one of the lowest tax rates in Cumberland County and are lower than the surrounding towns.

Mil Rates in Our Area
2011-2012
2012-2013
Gorham adjusted to 100%
14.67@100
14.76@100
Windham   
13.9@100
14.3@100
Scarborough
Cornish
Buxton
13.3@100
12.2@100
10.30@100
13.93@100
12.3@100
12.3@100
Standish
10.36@100
11.60@100


If you feel there is an error in your assessment please contact us. We will fix any errors promptly and issue an abatement, which generally is handled as a credit on the next tax bill. If you still disagree with our findings you have 185 days from our commitment date of Sept 12, 2012 to file an appeal.

Copies of Tax Bills The Standish Finance Officer's Web page has tax bills from the 2004-2005 tax year up to and including current ones.

2011-2012 Tax Year $10.36 per thousand dollars of valuation

The tax year runs from July 1, 2011 to July 30, 2012.  The yearly bill is legally a single obligation, but is separated into two payments for our taxpayers convenience. The first payment is due 11/15/2011 and the second payment 5/15/2012. The market has continued to remain soft with few sales. No adjustments were made to assessments this year for market conditions.

If you feel there is an error in your assessment, please contact us. We will fix any errors promptly and issue an abatement, which generally is handled as a credit on the next tax bill. If you still disagree with our findings, you have 185 days from our commitment date of Sept 13, 2011 to file an appeal.


 
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