Property Tax Relief
Two new property tax relief/assistance programs are available in 2022.
Both are available only to taxpayers who are at least 65 years old.
Information about both programs below.
Property Tax Stabilization for Senior Citizens (State program)
In 2022 The State of Maine passed the Property Tax Stabilization For Senior Citizens, Title 36 MSRA Chapter 908-B.
The Senior Tax Stabilization Program requires that at least one applicant be age 65 by April 1st of the year in which you are requesting to join the program. Please provide copy of an official document, such as a driver's license that indicate a birth date with the program application to avoid delays or denial of your application.
Applications should be submitted to the Assessor's Office.
Senior Taxpayer Assistance Program (Town program)
The Town Council adopted a new town ordinance, Chapter 162, Senior Taxpayer Assistance Program, that took effect September 15, 2022.
To qualify, applicants must be 65 years of age or older and have lived in Bar Harbor for five consecutive years.
Applicants must also have been approved to receive a Maine Property Tax Fairness Credit for the 2021 income tax year.
Applications should be submitted to the Town Manager's Office by December 1, 2022.
- Senior Property Taxpayer Assistance Program Application Form and Instructions
The Property Tax & Rent Refund program was repealed and replaced with the Property Tax Fairness Credit
In 2022 The State of Maine implemented the State Property Tax Deferral Program More information can be found here
For more information about setting up a Tax Payment plan, Click Here