THOMASTON — The Thomaston Board of Assessors rejected Thursday morning, April 7, a request by Walmart for an abatement that would have cut the giant retailer’s tax bill by more than half.

The Board voted 3-0 to deny the request of Walmart Real Estate Business Trust for an abatement at its retail complex at 55 Thomaston Commons Way. This is the fifth consecutive year that the Board has said no to Walmart’s request.

The latest abatement request was for the town to lower the valuation of its property from nearly $15.5 million to $7.4 million. That would have cut Walmart’s tax bill for 2021-2022 by $174,000.

The Board agreed the company had not provided supporting documentation to supports its contention the property was worth $7.4 million

Walmart has appealed the past four years of denials to the Maine Board of Assessment Review. Those are for the fiscal years 2018, 2019, 2020, and 2021. The state Board had been scheduled to hold a hearing on the 2018 and 2019 abatement requests on March 30 and 31 but voted to continue the hearing once again at the request of Walmart.

Assessors’ Agent David Martucci noted he spoke out against another continuance. The State Board has about 60 cases pending before it from across the state. Thomaston is first in line whenever the state board holds another hearing in the face of a massive backlog.

Martucci pointed out if Walmart won its appeals, the town would have to repay the company $950,000, which includes interest, for all the abatements sought since 2018.

The assessors agent voiced optimism a state law would be approved that would negate one of the arguments raised by Walmart in its appeals. Walmart has claimed if the company closed its store, the value of the empty store would be far less than what the town is claiming it is currently worth.

If the state law is enacted, however, it would only impact future appeals and not the four current appeals as well as the abatement request denied April 7.

The Thomaston Board of Assessors met Thursday, April 7 with Assessors’ Agent David Martucci, right. Pictured with him are Assessors Ron Gamage, left, and Peter Lammert, Photo by Stephen Betts