High-end property abatement request denied
Cushing — The Cushing Board of Assessors unanimously voted Sept. 6 to deny a property tax abatement request by property owners in Meduncook Bay Colony, a waterfront subdivision.
The decision denied a 55 percent abatement sought by property owners in the Meduncook Bay Colony for 2011. A previously denied abatement request of 22 percent for 2010 land values is still pending in court after 36 property owners, including Machias Savings Bank, filed a court appeal with the Knox County Superior Court in March.
This appeal was filed after the Board of Assessment Review rejected the landowners' abatement request.
According to attorney Alton Stevens, representing property owners, property sales in 2009, 2010 and 2011 within the subdivision sold for an average of 53 percent of the properties' assessed value.
The subdivision consists of three communities — Hornbarn Hilll, Gaunt Neck and Meduncook Plantation. Each community shares a pier and tennis courts.
Board of Assessors Chairman Evelyn Kalloch said the requests were denied because, "the properties were assessed fairly from the beginning and they couldn't prove we were manifestly wrong."
Richard Palm, one of the property owners seeking an abatement, said he is "sure it [the decision] will be appealed."
Another property owner Gary Simel said they will appeal to the town assessment review board. He added he is hopeful their appeal will be successful.
Kalloch said the town-wide property re-evaluations will be completed by the end of the month and the tax bills will be sent out mid-October.
Board member Carole Leporati said they are looking for "fairness across the board."
Courier Publications reporter Juliette Laaka can be reached at 594-4401 ext. 118 or via email at JLaaka@courierpubicationsllc.com.