Ellsworth City Hall

City tax bills mailed out

ELLSWORTH — Tax bills have been trickling into mailboxes this week, the first installment of the 2019 fiscal year. (Those who are particularly eager can also pay their bills online, at ellsworthmaine.gov/taxbills.)

Tax bills in Ellsworth are split in half each year. The first half will be due by Thursday, Sept. 13, and the second half will be due by March 14, 2019 (also a Thursday).

The tax rate this year is $18.24 per $1,000 of property valuation, up 1.5 percent over last year. The majority of taxes (55.81 percent) will go to supporting the school budget. The next largest chunk goes to the city, at 41.89 percent, followed by the county’s share, 2.3 percent.

As a brief reminder, the amount of money that must be raised via property taxes is calculated by taking the city’s revenue — how much money it will take in from sources other than property taxes, such as state and federal grants, licensing fees, excise taxes and tax increment financing (TIF) funds — and subtracting that figure from the budget approved by City Council.

In other words: Budget minus revenue equals the amount that must be raised via property taxes.

To determine what each resident will pay, officials take the amount of money that needs to be raised and divide that figure by the valuation (the assessed value of all the property in city limits).

There were 8,532 real estate and personal property tax bills mailed out in 2017, down from 9,381 the year before. The number of bills mailed out this year was not immediately available.

Kate Cough

Kate Cough

Kate covers the city of Ellsworth, including the Ellsworth School Department and the city police beat, as well as the towns of Amherst, Aurora, Eastbrook, Great Pond, Mariaville, Osborn, Otis and Waltham. She lives in Southwest Harbor and welcomes story tips and ideas. She can be reached at [email protected]