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Maine, tax, property tax, Muskie School of Public Service


In January, 1997, Governor Angus King established a 10 person committee representing a broad cross-section of citizens interest to investigate what changes are needed in the Maine tax system to address the issue of high property taxes. The Governor's Select Committee on Property Tax Reform (the "Committee") was charged with examining how to reduce the burden of the property tax. The Committee was asked to recommend steps the State and local governments in Maine could take to reduce the burden of the property tax as well as changes in the way that the property tax is administered and collected to relieve the apparent burden of the tax. The Governor charged the Committee not to consider drastically reducing state government expenditures in favor of local governments and not to increase the overall burden of taxes. The Committee was advised to keep in mind the relatively high taxes Maine imposes on businesses, compared to neighboring states.



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