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A new law freezes property taxes for some older Mainers

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This is a rebroadcast of an earlier show (original air date Aug 9, 2022); no calls will be taken.

A new law passed by the legislature last spring with very little attention will freeze property taxes for older Mainers (L.D. 290: “An Act To Stabilize Property Taxes for Individuals 65 Years of Age or Older Who Own a Homestead for at Least 10 Years.”) We’ll discuss the implementation of this tax freeze, and the impact it will have on Maine residents—as well as municipal budgets.

Panelists:
Kate Dufour, legislative advocate, Maine Municipal Association
Harold “Trey” Stewart III, Maine State Senator (R-Aroostook); serves on the Energy, Utilities, and Technology Committee and the Health Coverage, Insurance and Financial Services Committee

VIP callers:
Rebecca Kirk, executive director, Eastern Area Agency on Aging
Joy Barresi-Saucier, executive director, Aroostook Agency on Aging

Resources:
To apply for the property tax freeze: https://www.maine.gov/.../property.../stabilization-program

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Jonathan was born in Monsey, New York. A field trip to Washington, DC when he was in 7th grade started him on his circuitous path to a career in public radio. The trip inspired a love of politics and led to his desire to one day call DC home. After graduating from Grinnell College, he worked on a couple of campaigns in Iowa (presidential and congressional) and moved to Washington, DC.