March 23, 2018
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Veazie hires Bangor assessor to fill vacancy, meet tax deadline

By Nick McCrea, BDN Staff

VEAZIE, Maine — The town has hired Bangor’s city assessor to finish this year’s tax commitment and get bills out on time, according to Town Manager Bill Reed.

Veazie will pay Bangor $17,000 per year for providing the services of Bangor assessor Ben Birch and other city staff, Reed said.

Ex-Veazie assessor and code enforcement officer Allan Thomas, who quit in June after councilors decided not to reappoint him, will meet with Reed and Birch Thursday to “start the process of making sure that everyone knows where everything is and how things were done in the past,” Reed said.

“Our goal is to have the [tax] commitment done by the end of August, with Allan’s assistance, and to have the bills out by September,” Reed said.

Attorneys for Thomas and the town reached a monetary settlement over a wrongful termination claim in late July.

Thomas said he planned to help the next assessor get the commitment done on time, but only if a settlement was reached and he had a good working relationship with the replacement.

Birch and Thomas have worked together in the past, according to Reed.

Birch did not return phone calls seeking comment Wednesday afternoon.

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