2017 Tax bills will be mailed to the owner of record as of April 1, 2017. Taxes are due now. Interest begins on October 1st. The real estate tax amounts and 2017 Tax Commitment Book, are available here. 2017 Personal Property Tax Commitment click here.
Real estate taxes are due September 30th of each tax year. The tax bills are normally mailed in late July. Benton's tax year is January 1 to December 31. As with other municipalities in Maine, tax bills are issued to the owner of record as of April 1st of the current tax year. The current (2017) mill rate is 14.4 at 100%. Partial tax payments (including pre-payments) may be made at any time during the tax year. Any payments are automatically applied to the oldest tax due.
TAX BILLS are mailed to the owner of record ONLY (owner on April 1st of the tax year). For those owners who use an escrow account, the owners are responsible for sending copies of their bills to their mortgage companies and/or escrow companies.
The Benton Town Office staff can answer most inquiries regarding taxes owed for the current and past tax years. Call 207-453-7191 or email the office at Bentonstaff@gmail.com. For information and forms related to Farmland, Tree Growth, BETE (Business Equipment Tax Exemption) and more, click here.
HOMESTEAD EXEMPTION. Residents who have owned and lived in their homes for more than 12 months are eligible for a Homestead Exemption which reduces the tax amount due each year. Applications (with instructions) are available at the Town Office or click here. Application remain on file and the exemptions are applied each tax year. If a resident moves to another Mainemunicipality, then the resident must re-apply in that municipality.
VETERANS EXEMPTION. Many veterans are eligible for a Veterans' Exemption which reduces the tax amount each year. In general, the exemption applies to veterans who "served during a recognized war period" and have reached the age of 62. Applicants must provide a copy of their discharge papers (i.e., DD-214) when applying. Certain disabled veterans are eligible as well. Applications (with instructions and eligibility requirements) are available at the Town Office or click here.
ZONING. Benton has Shoreland Zoning as well as local zoning for properties that are in rural, industrial and residential zones. For general information about Shoreland Zoning and to see the Benton Shorerland Zoning Map, refer to the panel at left.