Moose Island Opens to Public

TREMONT — A Tremont landowner’s decision to deed public access to 46-acre Moose Island has, in essence, created a public park, assessor Carl Young said Tuesday.

In November, Mr. Young approved Moose Island owner C.W. Eliot Paine’s application to amend the property tax classification of the island to “permanently protected open space with public access.”

Moose Island is in Blue Hill Bay, a short distance from the Seal Cove boat ramp. Public access to the undeveloped island is by water only.

The property already was classified as permanently protected open space, which prohibits any buildings or other development on the island. The property also is protected under two conservation easements, one held by the federal government, the other by Maine Coast Heritage Trust.

As a result, the Moose Island property was valued at $307,200, Mr. Young said. The most recent tax bill was for $2,411.

With the new classification, the valuation has dropped to $95,200. That would result in a tax bill of $747, which means $1,664 less in the town’s coffers.

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Mark Good

Mark Good

Reporter at Mount Desert Islander