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August 23 Agenda Item 6
Order to abate property taxes assessed to the Mussel Cove Association.

ACTION: Council action is anticipated.
According to Maine property tax law, the Assessor can abate for one year and the Council can abate for an additional two years for errors and omissions only, not for valuation appeals.  Taxpayers have 185 days after each commitment date to appeal their assessed values.  The deadline to appeal for 2009 (FY09/10) was March 29, 2010.

Sometime in May 2010, Carl Gercke, Treasurer of the Mussel Cove Association, spoke to Assessor Anne Gregory about the assessed value of the beach.  She explained why she does not separately assess such neighborhood amenities.  Unfortunately, there is no grand list of such “amenity” parcels so eliminating the Map/Lot #s and values has happened on a case by case basis over the years as owners have stepped forward. She agreed to abate for 2009 and delete the parcel moving forward but has no authority to abate for prior years.  

Mr. Gercke is asking the Council to abate for 2007 & 2008 as follows.
2007: $26,800 assessed value x $.01460 tax rate = $391.28 tax
2008: $49,300 assessed value x $.01235 tax rate = $608.86 tax


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