11/10/2004

Maine's Rural Towns Increase Taxes

High property taxes in Maine are leading to the demise of many small towns. Maine is the postcard happy place that many people see it as - nice coastal towns. No, rural Maine is falling apart as property taxes increase. Small rural towns with only 100-200 residents aren't great attractions. Business go out of business, the population is aging so they just hand everything over to the state government and don't worry about anything. By so doing the local taxes decrease while government costs are increasing. Small rural towns just become "unorganized territory" that don't have any local government. By doing so, is this going to cause our taxes to increase to help Maine's state government take care of everything from education to snow removal for all these rural towns that are benefited by not doing anything?

7 comments:

peter_parker said...

I agree with the professor in the article that the decision makes sense. It is a very interesting phenomena. I wonder if it will have an effect on our taxes. I doubt it. It might affect sales tax and certain things like that within Maine.

John West said...

I don't agree with Barlow about the Maine situation having a negative affect with our taxes. It is interesting to see what can happen with a small town when businesses leave.

Rufio said...

I really don't think that taxes can be raised nation wide in order to help residents of Maine keep their taxes lower. In order for Maine to get its taxes down they need to increase their population so that the taxes can be spread farther. If Maine can somehow increase the demand for people to move there people will come. Maybe they can give some kind of incentive for people to move there. Its just an idea, what do you think?

Bruce Banner said...

I don't think Maine's taxes will affect us. It will be interesting how this problem turns out.

Biancca said...

We have places like that in Utah too I think. I would guess state property taxes might pay for state problems like that, not federal taxes. Eventually I think people will end up moving away from areas like that.

Bryce Larkin said...

I really think this is a small problem to worry about. There are still residents in Maine and there will always be residents. We have bigger problems to worry about.

Maudi said...

I agree that these poeple are taking advantage of the government and that anyone in the United States whether big group or small should have to pay their fair share of taxes.