MECHANIC FALLS — The Town Council voted Monday night to set the property tax rate at $22.25 per $1,000 of assessed value, 65 cents more than last year.

It means a $65 increase for a home valued at $100,000.

In a related matter, Town Manager Vic Hodgkins advised that applications for property tax stabilization for older residents are available through the town website or the town clerk.

The stabilization program recently enacted by the state is designed for certain residents over age 65 “to stabilize, or freeze, the property taxes on their homestead.”

In other town business, Hodgkins told councilors that since the town began refitting streetlights with energy-efficient LEDs, it saw $737.60 in monthly electricity costs.

The town contracted this year with RealTerm Energy to switch the streetlights. According to Hodgkins, the changes should be finished by late August or September.

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The council appointed Aaron Ouellette to the Planning Board.

In its monthly report to the council, the Mechanic Falls Public Library announced it has passes for card holders to The Children’s Museum in Portland and the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens in Boothbay. The museum pass is good for a year and the Garden pass ends in October.

The next council meeting is Tuesday, Sept. 6, because of the Labor Day holiday.

The town clerk’s office will be closed Wednesday, Oct. 12, for training in election procedures and Tuesday Nov. 8, for the gubernatorial election.


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