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Camden's property tax rate up less than 1%

By Susan Mustapich | Sep 09, 2020

CAMDEN — Camden's 2020-21 property tax rate is $15.03 per thousand dollars of property valuation, up less than 1% from the previous year.

Camden's share of the school budgets for SAD 28 (K-8) and Five Town CSD (9-12) accounts for 62.44% of residents' property taxes, up slightly from 61.76% last year.

The municipal budget accounts for 30.17% of the tax bill, down from 31.2% last year.

This year, Knox County government accounts for 7.4%, up slightly from 7.04% in 2019.

Tax bills were mailed Sept. 1 and local residents were expected to receive them by Sept. 3 and 4, according to Kerry Leichtman, who is assessor for both Camden and Rockport.

Camden voters approved a $9,553,887 municipal budget by absentee ballot and at polls July 14.

Voters also  approved $3,632,206 in non-property tax revenues to reduce the property tax burden for expenditures.

The remaining $5,921,681 is the amount to be paid by residents and businesses through property tax.

Instead of voting on the budget at a June open town meeting, this year, voters cast their decision on the municipal budget by paper ballot in July. The use of paper ballots, and encouragement of the use of absentee ballots was a measure to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

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