St. Agatha maintains mill rate for fourth year

Posted July 20, 2010, at 11:48 p.m.
Last modified Jan. 29, 2011, at 11:54 a.m.

ST. AGATHA, Maine — For the fourth year in a row, taxpayers in this St. John Valley community will see no increase in their tax bill thanks to a number of factors.

St. Agatha Town Manager Christy Sirois said recently that during the July 12 Board of Selectmen meeting, the panel set the 2011 property tax mill rate at $18.50 per $1,000.

It is the same rate that was set in 2007. It has held ever since.

“I am very pleased we were able to hold the mill rate,” Sirois said. “It has been important to the selectmen to make sure that our taxpayers are not burdened further with taxes in these difficult economic times.”

Sirois said that while municipal expenses are down by 10 percent, the town also has seen a decrease in revenues by 11 percent.

The town also is expecting a decrease in municipal revenue sharing money from the state, and St. Agatha’s share of school costs has increased by 2 percent and County taxes are up by 1.5 percent.

While the decreases in revenue could have had a negative impact on the town, Sirois said that increases in value from new construction, remodeling and renovations during the past year helped bring in new money to offset some of the loss in revenues.

The town has worked hard to keep the 18.5 mill rate despite challenges over the past four years.

In 2007, the mill rate decreased from 18.75 to the current level. In 2008, the skyrocketing cost of heating oil and energy and an increase in the cost of education, put a strain on the town, but the property tax rate remained unchanged.

Last year, the town held the mill rate despite a decrease in municipal revenue sharing from the state and a slight increase in municipal expenses. The town’s share of school costs also increased by more than 7 percent, and Aroostook County taxes also were up.

Sirois said that tax bills are being completed and should be mailed within the week.

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