Holden tax rate remains stable

Posted July 14, 2009, at 11:05 p.m.

HOLDEN, Maine — Town councilors set the property tax rate on Monday night and residents will be happy to hear it is unchanged, Town Manager John Butts said Tuesday.

“That’s exactly the same as last year,” he said.

The town typically sets the tax rate by June, but this year a delay in school funding figures postponed the process. Homeowners will pay $12.32 per $1,000 of property value for the second year in a row, Butts said.

Councilors also heard on Monday that the town’s planning board approved the site plan last week for a new police station, to be built next door to the town hall.

The plan now needs approval by the State Fire Marshal’s Office to move forward. If all goes as planned, requests for bids to construct the building are expected to be issued in August, Butts said.

The town also is offering to sell about 24 to 27 acres on Holbrook Pond — acquired by tax liens — to abutters and is waiting to hear from those landowners if they are interested before the land is put on the market, the town manager said.

During the meeting, town councilors also accepted “Holden Hill” as a town road, renewed contracts for animal control and accepted leftover funds from the construction of the town’s veterans memorial for maintenance of the site.