NEWRY — Town Office employees were busy Wednesday morning printing off 3,447 property tax bills and stuffing them into envelopes.

Selectmen set the new tax rate Tuesday night at $9.47 per $1,000 of valuation, Administrator Loretta Powers said. It is a 42-cent increase.

“The tax bills will be in tomorrow’s mail,” she said.

Despite the low rate, compared to Rumford’s $26.95 or Canton’s $22.75, Powers said there will be residents who will complain about their taxes going up.

“But at town meeting (in March), they voted to raise $150,000 for the Letter S project, so we have to raise that money through taxation,” she said.

The Letter S project calls for reconstructing a stretch of Sunday River Road between Nordic Knoll subdivision and the Letter S swimming hole. Work by contractor Steve Swasey began Monday.

In other municipal news, the board approved bylaws and a cyber policy for town employees required by Maine Municipal Insurance. They also discussed going from three to five selectmen. That was a request by a resident. Powers said they didn’t make a decision.

The board also fielded a request by a resident wanting permission to drive his all-terrain vehicle on Sunday River Road, but Powers said the board couldn’t grant that because Newry doesn’t have an ATV road access ordinance.

The board’s next regular meeting is at 5 p.m. Tuesday, July 21, in the Town Office.

[email protected]


Only subscribers are eligible to post comments. Please subscribe or to participate in the conversation. Here’s why.

Use the form below to reset your password. When you've submitted your account email, we will send an email with a reset code.