Exemptions

(Title 36, M.R.S.A. Sections 651-678)

There are several classes of exempt property (property upon which real estate taxes need not be paid) such as government-owned property. In addition, several other personal exemptions exist. 
Application forms and bulletins that describe them are available on the state's website.

Homestead Exemption

Under this law, homeowners are now eligible for up to a $20,000 reduction (and 25,000 beginning in 2020) in their permanent residence's property valuation. If you have owned a home in Maine for 12 months prior to April first, you may apply for this program. Forms are available at the Tax Assessor's office or on the state's website.

Veteran's Exemption

(Title 36, M.R.S.A. Section 653)
A property owner may be eligible for a reduction in the valuation of their property if they: Own a residence in Freeport on April 1 of the tax year in question; Are a veteran who is not dishonorably discharged; Served during a recognized war period in the U.S. Armed Forces; Are over 62 or are an unremarried widow/widower of a qualifying veteran.

If the veteran is under 62 but is 100% disabled due to a service-connected disability, he/she might likewise qualify. In any case the veteran must fill out a form and provide proof of service and discharge, such as a copy of their DD214 form. For veterans who served during World War II or later, the exemption is $6000, beginning April 1, 2008. For veterans serving prior, the exemption is $7000. Paraplegic veterans may receive an exemption of $47500 for a specially adapted housing unit. Applications for these exemptions are available in the Tax Assessor's Office or on the state's website.

Blind Exemption 

(Title 36, M.R.S.A. Section 654)
The residential real estate of residents who are legally blind as determined by the Department of Education Division for the Blind and Visually Impaired may be exempt up to the just value of $4,000. Applications for this exemption are available in the Assessor's Office or on the state's website.