Error in tax bills, total amount due is correct
Rockland — Rockland tax bills were sent out with an error in valuation and homestead exemption values, according to an email from City Assessor Dennis Reed.
A misplaced decimal resulted in incorrect amounts being displayed on the bills, said Reed. As an example he noted that Homestead Exemption displayed as $100.00 should be $10,000.00.
In spite of this error, the total amount due is correct.
Payment is due September 26, 7% interest will be charged to late payments.
The property tax rate is $20.16 per $1,000 of assessed property value for 2014-2015, up from $19.52 previously.
The increase has been driven by cuts in state aid to schools, a drop in the city's valuation and decreased revenues from taxes on personal property.
A homeowner assessed at $150,000 in property value will see a property tax bill of $3,024, up $96 from last year.
Of that $20.16, the school district receives $10.32, the city receives $8.95 and the county government receives about 89 cents. The school district receives the largest share at 51 percent of the property taxes collected.
Taxpayers with questions may contact the Assessing Office at 270 Pleasant Street or 207-594-0303.
Courier-Gazette Reporter Tina Swanson can be reached at 207-594-4401 or firstname.lastname@example.org.