Property Tax Collection
Residents of the Town of Washburn may pay their real estate and personal property tax any time online or at the Town Office during regular business hours of 7 AM – 4 PM on Monday -Thursday, 7 AM – 12 PM on Friday, CLOSED 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM for lunch.
Most homeowners whose principal residence is in Maine are entitled to a $20,000 reduction in valuation, adjusted by the community’s valuation ratio to actual market sales. Using the 2017 tax rate, if you qualify for this homestead exemption, your property taxes would be reduced by approximately $545.60. The actual amount of the reduction will, of course, be based on next year’s tax rate.
To qualify, the taxpayer needs to fill out an application certifying that your home in Washburn is your permanent residence. You cannot claim residency in more than one community in Maine or another state. You must also have owned and resided in a Maine homestead for the past 12 months.
It is a simple form. Just fill in the blanks for your name, address, property description, and check off the items that attest this property is your principal residence. Return the form to Washburn Town Office, 1287 Main Street, Washburn, ME 04786.
You must return this form to qualify. The municipality is not allowed to give you this exemption without proof of your application. To download or print the homestead application, click here.
A property tax exemption is available to veterans ages 62 or over, to veterans under 62 if certified by the Veterans’ Administration Office to be totally disabled, or to the un-remarried widow or minor child of any veteran entitled to such exemption if living, or in receipt of a pension or compensation from the Federal Government.
Those not already receiving this exemption who wish to apply should do so at the Town Office no later than April 1st. People receiving such an exemption are not required to apply annually.
The maximum property valuation exemption for veterans or their widow whose service period was prior to or during World War I, is $7,000. For veterans or their widows whose service period is after World War I, the maximum property valuation exemption is $6,000.
To download or print an Application for Exemption for Widow, Widower, Minor Child or Widowed Parent of a Veteran, click here.