Taxes stay the same

SOUTHWEST HARBOR — For the fourth year in a row, the property tax rate here has remained at $12.86 per $1,000 in valuation.

According to Town Manager Don Lagrange, keeping the same rate was accomplished by maintaining a flat municipal budget. Also, less money was needed for the town’s share of the Mount Desert Island High School budget.

There was an increase in county taxes and the budget for the Pemetic Elementary School, Lagrange said, but these increases were offset by a $2 million increase in overall valuation and a $30,000 cut in the municipal overlay budget.

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