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Town of Freeport
FINANCE DEPARTMENT

Hours & Contact Information

Office Hours:
Monday through Thursday 7:30 a.m.- 6:00 p.m.

Office Telephone: 207-865-4743 | Fax: 207-865-0242

Mailing Address: 30 Main Street, Freeport, ME 04032

Director: Jessica Maloy | jmaloy@freeportmaine.com
Asst. Tax Collector |Todd Reynolds
Payroll/Accounts Payable | Debbie Reeder
Excise/Tax Collections | Diane Hutchinson or Gail Pinard
BUDGET PROCESS

The Finance Department acts as advisory and support staff to the Town Council and Manager in the annual budgeting process. More information on the budget can be viewed on Budgets webpage.
ANNUAL FINANCIAL REPORTS

The Department annually compiles a report of the municipal financial activities for the year that are audited by an independent contractor. Copies of past reports may be viewed HERE.
TAX BILLING AND COLLECTIONS

Annually, a list of taxes for each property is committed to the Tax Collector by the Assessor. Taxes may be viewed by going CLICKING HERE.
You may pay them ONLINE by CLICKING HERE.
Disclaimer: All credit card payments are processed through a third-party payment processor, Maine Payport. There will be a $1.00 or 2.5% fee, whichever is greater, added to each credit card transaction.

For future reference, these links will also be available in the "Online Services" dropdown menu on the Town's home page.


Taxes are due in two payments (November 15 and May 15 this fiscal year) and are collected all year long. Interest due on late payment of taxes is calculated by computer. If taxes are not paid in due course, a lien may be placed on the property. If taxes are still not paid, the town will foreclose on the lien.

When the commitment is received from the assessor, prior year's tax receipts are purged and new tax commitment is balanced and bills processed. Receipts for tax payments are posted to applicable year receivable. Interest collected is credited to estimated revenue.

Tasks related to the collection process include:

A. Processing of Tax Bills
B. Collection of Real Estate Taxes
C. Collection of Personal Property Taxes
D. Correspondence with Attorneys, Banks, and Taxpayers on Tax Problems
E. Filing of Tax Liens
F. Registry Research for Liens
G. Foreclosure of Liens
H. Inquiries from Banks, Realtors, and Mortgage Companies for Tax Information.
I. Discharges and Deeds Prepared
REGISTERING VEHICLES AND EXCISE TAX

The Town of Freeport is a full service agent for the State of Maine for the purpose of issuing New Registrations and transfers for vehicles. This enables residents to get their vehicle registrations and plates at the Town Hall without going to the BMV.

The following vehicles must be registered and excised at the Finance Office: Motor Vehicles, Registration of Boats, Registration of ATV's, snowmobiles.

Re-registrations: Bring in the following paperwork- Current or expired registration (yellow form); current proof of insurance (with good expiration date on card); and current odometer reading. You may also renew registrations online HERE.

New Vehicle Registrations: Bring in the following paperwork-

If purchased from a Maine Dealer: Window sticker (required for ALL new car purchases), Title Application, Sales Tax form Current proof of insurance (with good expiration date on card)

If purchased from a private sale: Bill of sale, previous owner title, and current proof of insurance. Title Application and Sales Tax Form will be given to you by the clerk. You must fill these out before completing the transaction. You will be charged $33 for the Title application and 5.5% of the purchase price of the vehicle.

If previously registered out-of-state: Bring in the following- Out of state title, Out of state registration, current proof of insurance from State of Maine, and proof of Maine residency. Proof of residency will be required.

NOTE: If a vehicle is sold or traded, the plates and registration should be retained. It may be advantageous to transfer the plates and excise credit when registering a new vehicle. The clerk will help you calculate the better option. There are NO CASH REFUNDS on unused excise tax for retired vehicles.

For Excise Tax information from Maine Revenue Services, please click HERE.
State statues govern collection of excise tax and registrations.

Reports for the registrations are filed monthly, balanced with collections and funds are forwarded to the State.
BOAT REGISTRATION

Boats expire annually in December. The excise tax is assessed based on the year, length and use. The registration fee is based on the horsepower of the motor. A $1.00 town fee is also charged. If purchased from a Maine dealer, the sales tax form is required. If purchased from a private sale, a bill of sale is required. Sales tax will be collected at the time of registration.

Registration Fees: with milfoil without milfoil

*10 HP and under -----------------------$25.00-----------$15.00

*11HP to 50 HP ---------------------------$30.00----------$20.00

*51 HP to 115 HP -------------------------$36.00----------$26.00

*Over 115 HP ------------------------------$44.00----------$34.00

*Personal Water Craft ------------------$44.00----------$34.00

*Duplicate Boat Regis. & Sticker ----$2.00------------$2.00

*Boat Temporary Transfer ------------$4.00------------$4.00

*Milfoil Upgrade---------------------------$10.00-----------N/A


State of Maine law requires boat owners who keep their boats kept in the water more than 75 consecutive days to pay an excise tax on that boat. This includes federally documented vessels. Please contact the Harbormaster regarding boat questions, and the finance department regarding excise tax questions. Excise tax is due no later than July 1 to the Town in which you reside or keep your boat. 12 M.R.S.A. Section 7791 , 36 M.R.S.A. Section 1504, 12 M.R.S.A. Section 7801 (28)
PERSONAL WATERCRAFT REGISTRATION

$29.00 (Jet Ski, pontoon boats) plus a town processing fee of $1 on renewals, or $2 if new. If purchased from a Maine dealer, the sales tax form is required. If purchased from a private sale, a bill of sale is required. Sales tax will be collected at the time of registration.
ATV REGISTRATION

ATVs expire annually in June. The registration fee is $33.00, plus a town processing fee of $1 on renewals, or $2 if new. ATVs are not charged an excise tax. If purchased from a Maine dealer, the sales tax form is required. If purchased from a private sale, a bill of sale is required. Sales tax will be collected at the time of registration.
SNOWMOBILE REGISTRATION

Snowmobiles expire annually in June. The registration fee is $45.00, plus a town processing fee of $1 on renewals, or $2 if new. Snowmobiles are also not charged excise tax. If purchased from a Maine dealer, the sales tax form is required. If purchased from a private sale, a bill of sale is required. Sales tax will be collected at the time of registration.
OTHER COLLECTIONS

Other collected revenues include:

A. Selling of Maps and Ordinances

B. Processing of Money for Permits, Fines, Licenses, and moneys received from all departments

C. State Funds, Grants, and School Receipts.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Does the Town of Freeport accept Visa, Mastercard or debit cards?
Yes, we accept credit cards, but there is a 2.5% fee. Personal checks and cash are also accepted.

What is the required paperwork when registering a vehicle?
For RE-REGISTRATIONS:
  • Current or expired registration (yellow form)
  • Current proof of insurance (with good expiration date on card)
  • Current odometer reading

  • For NEW REGISTRATIONS:
    If purchased from a Maine Dealer:
  • Window sticker - required for ALL new car purchases
  • Title Application
  • Current proof of insurance (with good expiration date on card)
    If purchased from a private sale:
  • Bill of Sale
  • Current proof of insurance
  • Title Application and Sales Tax Form will be given to you by the clerk.
  • NOTE: If a vehicle is sold or traded, the plates and registration should be retained. It may be advantageous to transfer the plates and excise credit when registering a new vehicle. The clerk will help you calculate the better option. There are NO CASH REFUNDS on unused excise tax for retired vehicles.
    If previously registered out-of-state:
  • Out of state title
  • Out of state registration
  • Current proof of insurance from state of Maine
  • Proof of Residency (e.g. power bill, phone bill, etc.)

    When are property taxes collected in Freeport?
    Freeport collects real estate and personal property taxes twice a year. The due dates are November 15th and May 15th.