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In Depth: Tax Reform, Shifting the Burden in Maine
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The Chebeague Plan

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What's Your Opinion?
The Chebeague Plan
The Maine Land Bank and Community Preservation Program would let property owners limit assessment increases as long as they agree to keep their properties within their families and not sell on the open market. If they sold, they would be hit with huge penalties that - in theory - would offset any municipal revenue losses. Will this help property owners in Maine?


Yes, this will help families keep their homes: 70.77%

No, it forces municipalities to make up the lost revenues: 21.10%

Yes, only if vacation-home owners are exempt: 8.13%

Total Votes: 455

It's a complex issue. Many people feel the issue has many nuances and answers are not this simple. You also can use our online discussion board to explain the issue further.

The Maine Land Bank and Community Preservation Program would let property owners limit assessment increases as long as they agree to keep their properties within their families and not sell on the open market. If they sold, they would be hit with huge penalties that - in theory - would offset any municipal revenue losses.

Opponents say that the penalties would not be enough to offset the loss of revenue to municipalities and other land owners would have the burden. Other opponents say wealthy vacation-home owners will receive the most benefit from the plan.

Maine Land Bank and Community Preservation Program and Maine Citizens for Tax Reform & Reliefare advocates of the plan.

News Coverage
Recent stories and columns about this proposal:

Tension over taxes
Some see a plan to cap property assessments as a way to save island communities in Maine. Otherssee trouble for small towns. [April 27, 2003]

Coastal residents appeal for tax relief
Lawmakers hear arguments over 'the Chebeague plan,' which would limit taxes for those who keep property in the family. [April 16, 2003]

Jim Brunelle: Tax reform ideas abound, including some from grassroots
Among the best ones is the 'Chebeague plan' for tax deferral on high-value property. [April 11, 2003]

Tax reform activists aim straight for voters
Three citizen-initiated referendums are likely to vie for attention on the 2003 ballot. [December 29, 2002]

Tax reform: Not whether, but how
Proposals for property tax caps and tax shifts in many guises are headed for the Legislature as the people demand action. [December 29, 2002]

Chebeague Island tax rebellion is just a hint of things to come
A tax cap can be avoided, but only if lawmakers offer real reforms. [July 24, 2002]


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