Understanding Maine Property Taxes

Overview of Maine Taxes

Maine collects a total of $12,267,698,000 in revenue every year. Of that, $2,867,844,000 comes from property taxes, or 23.4% of total revenue. As a result, Maine has the 17th highest property tax rate in the country, which is 11.8% more than the national average of 1.06%. Generally speaking, states where property taxes make up a higher percentage of total state revenue have higher property tax rates, and states where property taxes make up a smaller percentage of state revenue have lower property tax rates.

How does this translate to what homeowners actually pay? The average home value across Maine is $212,047, meaning the average Maine homeowner pays 1.19% of their home value every year in property taxes, or $11.90 for every $1,000 in home value.

Property Tax Calendar

Maine's property tax system is governed by state statute, which means that despite significant variation in what homeowners in different parts of Maine, there are important constants. Maine's assessment date, which is both the point in time when the owner of a property is liable for property tax and the point in time at the property's value is determined, is Apr-1. Maine property tax appeals, which allow homeowners to contest the assessment, starts 185 days following the finalization of the tax roll. The date which property tax bills become due on is Varies.

Property Tax Calculator

If you are are a current homeowner in Maine or are looking at buying a specific property in Maine, check out our Maine Property Tax Calculator to determine if you should consider appealing your property tax assessment.

Property Tax Tool

If you are planning to buy a home in Maine and want to understand the size of your property tax bill, check out our Maine Property Tax Tool to see what your bill would be.

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Property Tax Information for Maine Counties

The table below will help provide more information about how property taxes work in each county in Maine.

County Average Home Value Average Tax Bill Bill per $1,000
Androscoggin County $170,286 $2,466 $14.50
Aroostook County $112,429 $1,476 $13.10
Cumberland County $286,443 $3,694 $12.90
Franklin County $177,041 $1,729 $9.80
Hancock County $265,692 $2,186 $8.20
Kennebec County $166,636 $2,021 $12.10
Knox County $252,473 $2,847 $11.30
Lincoln County $278,441 $2,467 $8.90
Oxford County $163,713 $1,802 $11.00
Penobscot County $146,672 $1,984 $13.50
Piscataquis County $142,403 $1,598 $11.20
Sagadahoc County $229,887 $2,818 $12.30
Somerset County $128,412 $1,570 $12.20
Waldo County $183,376 $2,119 $11.60
Washington County $143,249 $1,522 $10.60
York County $269,361 $3,004 $11.20

Want to learn more about Maine property taxes? Check out out our county-specific property tax pages linked below:

Androscoggin County Aroostook County Cumberland County
Franklin County Hancock County Kennebec County
Knox County Lincoln County Oxford County
Penobscot County Piscataquis County Sagadahoc County
Somerset County Waldo County Washington County
York County

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