Property Tax Relief & Exemptions

Property Tax Relief 

Property Tax Stabilization Program

The Property Tax Stabilization for Senior Citizens program has been repealed by the State Legislature. This was a State program that allowed certain senior-citizen residents to stabilize, or freeze, the property taxes on their homestead. Those who qualified to stabilize their 2024 tax bills, still received that benefit for the 2024 bill only. Going forward, the "tax freeze" is no longer in place. Since the program is repealed, there is no longer an application available.

To ease the burden of this program being repealed, the State has expanded the Property Tax Fairness Credit and Property Tax Deferral Program. 

Property Tax Fairness Credit 

This program is administered through the Income Tax Division of Maine Revenue Services, and not the York Assessing office. Eligible Maine taxpayers may receive a portion of the property tax or rent that's been paid during the tax year on the Maine individual income tax return whether they owe Maine income tax or not. If the credit exceeds the amount of your individual income tax due for the year, the excess amount of credit will be refunded to you.

Please find the Property Tax Fairness Credit tax return form Here.

For questions or to determine eligibility please visit the MRS website: https://www.maine.gov/revenue/taxes/tax-relief-credits-programs/income-tax-credits/property-tax-fairness-credit

If you qualified for the Property Tax Fairness Credit, you may also be eligible for up to $450 from the Town of York through YCSA and the General Assistance Program. 

For questions and more information visit: https://www.ycsame.org/family-services#:~:text=Tax%20Relief%20Program,runs%20until%20June%2015th%2C%202023.
 

Property Tax Deferral Program -

This is a lifeline loan program that can cover the annual property tax bill of Maine People who are ages 65 and older, or are permanently disabled and who cannot afford to pay them on their own. The loan program allows Maine's most vulnerable community members to age in place and ensures that property taxes are still delivered to municipalities, requiring repayment of the loan (with interest) once the property is sold or becomes part of an estate. Applications are returned to the York Assessing Office to be qualified in accordance with State guidelines.  

For more information visit the MRS website: https://www.maine.gov/revenue/taxes/tax-relief-credits-programs/property-tax-relief-programs/deferral-program

Application Form: https://www.maine.gov/revenue/sites/maine.gov.revenue/files/inline-files/Deferral%20Application.pdf

Tax Exemptions for Maine Residents

Homestead Exemption: The Homestead exemption reduces the property tax bill of all York resident homeowners who apply for the exemption by April 1st and who have owned and lived in their house for the prior 12 months. The exempt amount of $25,000 is deducted from the property’s total taxable value. Applications (PDF) can be downloaded or obtained in the Assessor’s Office and must be filed on or before April 1st of the year it will go into effect.

Veteran Exemption: Any York resident who was in active service in the armed forces of the U.S during a federally recognized war campaign period and, if discharged or retired under honorable conditions, may be eligible for a $6,000 reduction in valuation. The veteran must have reached age 62 or be receiving a pension or compensation from the U.S Military for total disability. Applications (PDF) can be downloaded or picked up in the Assessor’s Office and must be filed with discharge documents on or before April 1st of the year it will go into effect. (Request military service records online)

Widow/Widower of Veteran Exemption:  Any York resident who is a non-remarried widow or widower of a veteran who would have been entitled to the Veteran exemption, may be eligible for a $6,000 reduction in valuation. Applications (PDF) can be downloaded or picked up in the Assessor’s Office and must be filed with discharge documents on or before April 1st of the year it will go into effect.

Blind Exemption: Any York resident who is certified to be legally blind by their eye care professional is eligible for a $4,000 reduction in valuation. Applications (PDF) can be downloaded or picked up in the Assessor’s Office and must be filed with letter from eye are professional on or before April 1st of the year it will go into effect.

Renewable Energy Investment Exemption -This program exempts renewable energy equipment, such as solar panels, from property tax beginning April 1, 2020. Taxpayers must apply for the credit by April 1 of the first year the exemption is requested. Applications (PDF) can be downloaded or picked up in the Assessor’s Office.