Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Recap of Tax Informational Meeting 2/24/2015 by Joe Hill

Last night five of Lisbon Councilors sponsored an informational meeting to give the public an update on the ongoing property revaluation Lisbon has been undergoing for the last four years.  The following is a brief summary of the nights events.

The meeting opened with a five minute talk given by a representative from Maine Revenue Services.  This was followed by a rather lengthy talk by Mr. Van Tuinen.  He basically Went over the methods used to determine our new valuations.

The Information in a nut shell:
  • Notices of the new valuations will go out in May.
  • Informal appeal hearings will be scheduled in May and June.
  • The new valuations will be reflected in this years tax bills.        
  • It is unlikely we will lose any educational funding or revenue sharing due to the new revaluations.
  • If you are unhappy with your new valuation you will have several chances to appeal the new valuation.
 After the talks the public was offered a chance to ask questions. 
 Several people ask questions about the revaluation but the most interesting one's came from Dot Fitzgerald. She asked how Lisbon's new "Slum and Blight" District, that Lisbon councilors recently approved,  would affected the revaluation process.  

Mr Van Tuinen was clearly uncomfortable with Lisbon's  new "Slum and Blight" designation but he did his best to dance around directly condemning the new designation.   He did manage to say that it could cause problems with the proposed TIFF area as well as problems if the power generating plant next to Worumbo  was included in the district.

Joe Hill

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