May 28, 2018
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MaineHealth seeks tax exemption for headquarters in Portland

The Associated Press

PORTLAND, Maine — Officials at Maine’s largest health care network are asking the city of Portland to waive a portion of the tax bill on its new corporate headquarters.

City officials have asked MaineHealth for more information.

If the Free Street building is removed from the tax roll it could cost the city up to $100,000 in annual tax revenue.

City Councilor John Anton told the Portland Press Herald that in the 2008-2009 fiscal year, when the city froze salaries of its ambulance crews, MaineHealth’s CEO earned $1.2 million.

MaineHealth spokesman Mark Harris says the nonprofit company offers a variety of services, including health campaigns aimed at childhood obesity, diabetes and asthma, programs to fight domestic abuse, school clinics and elder care.

MaineHealth would pay taxes on a portion of the building.

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