Appleton taxes on the rise
Appleton — Appleton residents will see a 5 percent increase in the property tax rate as bills arrive in their mailboxes Sept. 20.
The Appleton Board of Selectmen set the tax rate at $16.55 at its Sept. 11 meeting, which is up from $15.75 assessed this year. This means a person owning a home valued at $150,000 will see an $120 increase in their tax bill.
In total, townspeople will raise $2,379,751, which is an increase of $168,028 from this year. Of that amount, $113,224 will go to Knox County for services (down $2,370), a total of $1,496,599 will go to School Union 69 and the Five Town Community School District for education (up $120,649) and $757,955 will be raised for town services (up $56,504). The town will pay an additional $90,306 to Appleton Village School for a total of $1,113,769 and an additional $30,343 for educating students at Camden Hills Regional High School for a total of $382,830.
The town's real estate valuation increased by $916,498 to $120,292,389.
Selectman Donald Burke said assessors made some corrections to discrepancies in valuations to make them more consistent. As a result, some residents will see their taxes increase, while others will see a decrease, he said.
Taxes are due Nov. 30 and residents who pay their bills by Oct. 18 will receive a 2 percent discount.