Property tax reduction in Bucksport for second straight year

BUCKSPORT — Despite a higher education budget, the town of Bucksport was able to reduce the mill rate by a dime for the second year in a row.

That means the property tax bill for an average $100,000 property will be $10 lower this year, according to Bucksport Assessor Jef Fitzgerald.

The Town Council unanimously approved the new rate, reducing it to $16.30 from $16.40, on June 28.

So, according to Fitzgerald, the owner of an average $100,000 property would receive a tax bill of $1,630 for FY 2018-19, which started Sunday.

That’s a decrease of $10 from last year’s property tax bill of $1,640 for a $100,000 property.

Town Manager Sue Lessard said the mill rate “has been reduced .80 cents since it went up $3 in 2015.” That was the year the Verso mill closed.

Town Council Chairman David Keene remarked that being able “to hold the mill rate and maintain a full-service community is quite a lot.”

Bucksport was able to whittle away at its municipal budget, including reducing electricity costs at the wastewater treatment facility, by installing a solar array system, saving $20,000 annually.

Another cost-cutting measure was for the town to begin hauling its own transfer station waste for a savings of $27,000 annually.

Property owners must raise $7,264,630 this year for education and municipal budgets and county government tax.

Jennifer Osborn

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