We are looking for residents to assist during elections, either for an hour or a few. Elections are held from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., which makes for a long day for our election clerks. If you are interested in finding out more information on how you can help, please contact Town Clerk Amy Eldridge at 207-338-3819 X3.
This is a reminder that you may qualify for the following property tax exemptions:
Paraplegic Veterans Exemption
Business Equipment Tax Exemption
To see if you qualify for any of these, go to the Maine Revenue Services website at https://www.maine.gov/revenue/propertytax/sidebar/exemptions.htm or call them at 207-624-5600. If you qualify, the form must be turned into the Town’s Assessor before April 1st in order to be applied to the next years’ property tax.
A reminder to residents about the Town’s right of way on all Town roads. (This does not include Village roads or private roads.)
Depending on the width of the road, measured by the number of rods, the Town owns from the center to beyond on both sides of the road. For example, a 3-rod road is 49.5 feet wide. The Town owns from the center to 24.75 feet on both sides. If you have plantings, walls, gardens, grasses, lawn ornaments, etc., in the Town right of way, it is subject to removal when work is done in that area. It will not be replaced.
The purpose of the right of way, which is a long standing law, is to maintain the traveled area to keep it safe for passage. This includes the road itself and the sides of the road to be maintained for ditching, culvert placement, etc. When traveling on roads you need to be able to pass safely without going around overhanging trees, brush, grass, etc. If you need to pull over, you need to be able to see if there is a ditch or drop off. Hence the purpose for the Town right of way.
The free online Open Burning Permits through http://wardensreport.com, are available again.
Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap has announced that Rapid Renewal is now available in Northport. Rapid Renewal is an e-commerce service allowing citizens to conduct business with municipal government and state government in one easy online transaction. With Rapid Renewal, citizens are able to quickly and easily renew their vehicle registrations and pay their municipal excise taxes online, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Rapid renewal may be accessed through maine.gov/online/bmv/rapid-renewal/
Several of our volunteers on both the Fire Department and First Responder units have voiced their concerns regarding the inability to locate some of our residents in an emergency. There have been a few 911 calls where responders were not able to find the residence in a timely manner because there were no house numbers that were easily visible from the road.
Please number your house so that you may be found quickly in an emergency, with a reflective sign that is also visible at night and is placed where they can be seen easily from the road. Get as creative as you would like. You may also purchase a numbered sign from the Town for $12.00, which will be made by Toupie Rooney, Town E911 Addressing Agent and First Responder, and will be available for pick up at the Town Office.
To order a sign, please complete this form and either mail or drop the form off at the Town Office along with your $12.00 payment. Remember, our responders cannot help you if they cannot find you.