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Frenchville lowers property tax rate, plans park improvements

FRENCHVILLE, Maine — Residents may have noticed lower property tax bills this year due to a .65 reduction in the town’s mill rate.

Town Manager Ryan E. Pelletier attributes the lowered tax rate to higher property values and a new state valuation.

“The housing market is healthier in the town of Frenchville value wise,” Pelletiers said.

The new mill rate is $24.60 per $1,000 in property value, down from $25.25 last year.

He said the decrease occurred in spite of an increase of about $50,000 in the town’s share of the school budget. If not for that increased school budget obligation, the mill rate would have decreased by $1.65 per $1,000, Pelletier said.

“Moving forward, the [municipal] administration is dedicated to keeping taxes flat with future projects and budgets. We will continue to try to do the best we can with what we have in front of us to keep everything flat and maintain the same structure,” Pelletier said.

Also in Frenchville, construction is set to begin on the public works/fire station building.

At the annual town meeting in March, voters approved spending $17,000 to repair and maintain the building. Improvements will include a new garage door, new insulation and and enhancements to the buildings facade.

The town also will build a new 16-foot by 32-foot pavilion at Heritage Park as well as two 16-foot by 7-foot handicap accessible bathrooms.

“This is one improvement that will make its mark for sure,” Pelletier said. He pointed out that residents can use the pavilion for weddings and family functions from May to October.

Editor’s note: This version corrects a previous one that inaccurately attributed the mill rate decrease in part to a lower school budget obligation.

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