Small town has big county tax bill 

ELLSWORTH — With about 2,150 permanent residents, the town of Mount Desert has 3.9 percent of Hancock County’s population of 55,500. 

But this year, the town will be assessed 15.7 percent of the county’s budget of $6.99 million. That is because Mount Desert’s total state property valuation of $2.32 billion is higher than that of any of the county’s 36 other municipalities. 

The town’s county tax assessment will be $1.09 million, including $320,139 for jail operations and $774,747 for all other county operations and services. 

Bar Harbor, with a state property valuation of $1.9 billion, will pay $896,366 or 12.8 percent of the county budget. 

Ellsworth is the only other municipality in Hancock County with more than one billion dollars in property valuation. It will be assessed $554,119 or 7.9 percent of the county budget. 

For other towns in the MDI area, the county tax bill will be: 

Southwest Harbor, $346,133; Tremont, $271,420; Trenton, $184,534; Cranberry Isles, $93,809; Frenchboro, $6,852; and Swan’s Island, $62,018. 

While Mount Desert will be responsible for the largest percentage of the county budget, Frenchboro will pay the least. 



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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