WEST PARIS — Selectmen have approved raising the property tax rate by a 25 cents.

The rate was set at $17.25 per thousand dollars of assessed property Thursday evening by selectmen, Town Manager John White said. It is up from $17 last fiscal year. 

White said the town’s valuation came in higher than estimates in February when taxpayers approved a $1.1 million municipal budget for the fiscal year. At the time, the tax rate was projected to be around $17.40. However, White said total property in the town increased in value from $88,843,387 to $89,591,687.

The new value does not include a new Dollar General store, which is expected to be included in next year’s valuation. 

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