In a Thursday email blast to Maine Democrats, Democratic Party Chairman Ben Grant falsely stated that Gov. Paul LePage’s proposed budget will raise property taxes.
“The GOP budget slashes funding to towns and municipalities, drives up property taxes on Maine families and puts our children’s education in jeopardy in order to pay for tax cuts for the wealthy,” said Grant in the email. (Emphasis added)
As readers of The Maine Wire know, property taxes are controlled by cities and towns—not by the State. Only municipal governments can change property taxes. Although raising property taxes is one route a municipality could pursue in response to the Governor’s proposed belt-tightening, cutting costs and reducing services is another. Regardless of the path a city or town chooses, it is simply false to claim that the Governor’s budget would be the causal agent of property tax increases.