AUGUSTA – On Wednesday, Sen. Justin Chenette, D-Saco, introduced a bill before the Legislature’s Taxation Committee that would freeze the property tax rates for Maine seniors.
LD 812, “An Act To Stabilize Property Taxes on Homesteads of Individuals Who Are 66 Years of Age or Older,” would allow municipalities to stabilize and cap property taxes to provide consistency for those on fixed incomes and who have reached retirement age.
"Social Security isn’t increasing at the same rate as property taxes are climbing. If you combine higher costs for everything from food, transportation, electricity and prescription drugs, seniors are increasingly in dire situations,” said Sen. Chenette. “I’m getting phone calls from seniors who can’t afford to stay in their homes. It breaks my heart to hear their stories, and this bill complements existing property tax relief programs to keep seniors in their homes.”
This bill would make it optional for municipalities to offer such a program to its residents. Individuals would have to qualify for the property tax fairness credit in order to take advantage of locking in rates, ensuring that those who are in need the most get the reduction. The difference in property tax would be paid by the State to the municipality.
LD 812 faces further action in the Taxation Committee as well as votes in the Maine House and the Senate.
4/11/2019 04:12:25 pm
I have been thinking about contacting you to get some information about Saco taxes steadily going up and didn't know who to contact about it. Some time ago, there was talk of the high taxes and seniors trying to stay in their homes . I don't know what ever happened with that discussion and I don't know who to contact to get that information. Here in North Saco there has been an explosion of new homes yet our taxes keep going up. We seniors need some help.
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