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Posted on: August 2, 2023

Senior Tax Stabilization Program Update

The LD 290 “Property Tax Stabilization for Senior Citizens” program, enacted in August 2022 was repealed by the Maine Legislature on July 6, 2023, with an effective date of October 11, 2023. The repeal of this program means there will be no reapplication process and no need to follow-up with the Assessing Department. Although the program has been repealed, your initial application will still be administered this year for the 2023-2024 billing cycle, with a tax amount equal to that of the 2022-2023 billing cycle. 

To help lower-income seniors avoid higher property taxes and remain in their homes, two existing State programs are being expanded:

  1. The Property Tax Fairness Credit, which currently allows eligible Mainers to take a
    $1,500 credit, has increased to $2,000; it also loosens the limits on the program in a way that allows the benefits to remain constant for a Mainer whose spouse passes away. Note: This program is not administered by the Town of Bar Harbor; to claim the credit, you must file Form 1040ME and Schedule PTFC/STFC for the tax year during which the property tax or rent was paid. For help, call (207) 624-9784. For more info, visit
  2. The Property Tax Deferral Program, a lifeline loan program that covers the annual property tax bills of Maine seniors age 65 and older who cannot afford to pay them on their own, has been expanded. It doubles the income limit on that program to $80,000 and also raises asset limits. Taxes must be paid back when the home is sold or becomes part of an estate. Note: This program is administered by the State; however, applications must be filed with the Assessor’s Office between January 1 and April 1 each year. Applications are forwarded to Maine Revenue Services who review and make the determination for acceptance and approval. Questions can be referred to Maine Revenue Services Property Tax Division at (207) 624-5600 or For more info, visit

It is important to note that these are State programs and while the Town plays a role in the administration of them, the Town is not responsible for the policy objectives of these initiatives. Any questions or concerns you may have regarding this program should be directed to your legislative representative. To find your representative, please visit:

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