Franklin County towns’ valuation, taxes
2008 2009/10

Town state valuation county tax state valuation county tax
Avon: $33.4 million $31,777 $35.5 million $33,370
Car. Valley: $546.3 million $518.985 $573.9 million $539,466
Carthage: $24 million $22,847 $26.4 million $24,816
Chesterville: $70.5 million $67,022 $78.65 million $73,931
Coplin Plt.: $26.3 million $24,985 $29.5 million $27,871
Dallas Plt.: $113.3 million $107,682 $123.9 million $116,466
Eustis: $144.6 million $137,417 $158.45 million $148,943
Farmington: $430.1 million $408,595 $455.1 million $427,794
Industry: $74.7 million $70,965 $80.55 million $75,717
Jay: $930.2 million $883,737 $939.65 million $883,271
Kingfield: $93.85 million $89,157 $102.75 million $96,585
New Sharon: $78.7 million $74,765 $90.65 million $85,211
New Vineyard: $55.6 million $52,820 $59.1 million $55,554
Phillips: $61.3 million $58,235 $76.250 million $71,675
Rangeley: $586.1 million $556,842 $596.150 million $560,381
Rangeley Plt.: $234.7 million $223,120 $219.35 million $206,189
Sandy Riv. Plt.: $89.6 million $85,120 $99.55 million $93,577
Strong: $58.6 million $55,670 $75.95 million $71,393
Temple: $37.2 million $35,340 $41.4 million $38,916
Weld: $84.6 million $80,417 $85.5 million $80,370
Wilton: $233.3 million $221,682 $268.85 million $252,719
Source: Franklin County Commission

FARMINGTON — Franklin County commissioners did it again. They dropped the tax rate for the third straight year on Tuesday.

Commissioners set the rate for 2009-10 at 94 cents per $1,000 of property valuation. It’s 1 cent lower than the 2008 rate of 95 cents, and 11 cents lower than the 2007 rate of $1.05.

Even with the lower tax rate, 18 towns will see an increase in their county tax assessments; Jay, Rangeley Plantation and Weld will see slight decreases.

Unorganized territories’ share of county taxes increased from $203,917 in 2008 to $215,354 this year.

This is the first year the county has offered two payment plans to towns for paying taxes.

Commissioners agreed to the payment method after town managers requested it to help them deal with the county’s change to a fiscal year budget in 2009. The budget runs from July 1, 2009, to June 30, 2010. Previously, it was a calendar-year budget that went from Jan. 1 to Dec. 31.

On Tuesday, commissioners voted to approve a $4.17 million tax assessment for the 2009-10 fiscal year and a $28,730 overlay.

The board also set due dates for tax bills: Sept. 1, 2009, and Feb. 1, 2010. Interest will begin to accrue 60 days after each due date at the rate of 8 percent, Deputy Clerk/Treasurer Charisse Keach said.

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