Governor Janet Mills recently signed an Executive Order that will provide municipalities with additional options in their administration of local property tax in response to the COVID-19 emergency. The Executive Order allows municipal officers to extend and reestablish property tax due dates and the dates when interest will begin to accrue on property taxes that were previously committed in 2019. The Executive Order also allows the municipal officers to set the due dates, interest rate, and interest accrual dates for property taxes committed in 2020 if the municipality is unable to hold its annual budget meeting prior to the property tax commitment date.
In addition, the Executive Order allows municipal tax collectors the option of delaying the property tax lien process for delinquent taxpayers. The Executive Order allows a tax collector to delay sending a notice, detailing the delinquent tax and lien warning, until 60 days after the state of emergency has terminated. If the tax collector has already sent the notice, but not yet placed a lien on the property for taxes that remain unpaid, the collector may decline to file the lien and may re-initiate the lien process by sending another notice within 60 days after the state of emergency has terminated.
The Executive Order can be viewed at www.maine.gov/governor/mills/official_documents
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