MDI towns get big county tax bills

ELLSWORTH — The four towns on Mount Desert Island, which together have about 11,000 year-round residents — 20 percent of the population of Hancock County — will be responsible for 37 percent of the $5.83 million cost of county government for fiscal year 2018.

That is because the amount owed by each of the county’s 37 municipalities plus unorganized territories is based on their property tax valuations.

Mount Desert, with a state valuation of nearly $2.13 billion, will pay the county $942,317, or 16.15 percent of the total county budget. Bar Harbor, the state valuation of which is $1.58 billion, will be billed $698,528, or 11.97 percent of the total.

Southwest Harbor will pay the county $275,345, or 4.72 percent. Tremont will pay $220,493, 3.78 percent.

Trenton will send the county $136,388; Cranberry Isles, 81,868; Swans Island, $70,685; and Frenchboro, $5,536. That is the smallest amount to be paid by any town in the county.

The tax to be assessed each Hancock County municipality was approved by the County Commissioners at their Feb. 6 meeting.


Dick Broom

Dick Broom

Reporter at Mount Desert Islander
Dick Broom covers the towns of Mount Desert and Southwest Harbor, Mount Desert Island High School and the school system board and superintendent's office. He enjoys hiking with his golden retriever and finding new places for her to swim. [email protected]

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