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Town Wide Property Tax Revaluation Complete

RJD Appraisal has completed their town wide property tax revaluation for the 2024 (FY25) tax year. The Select Board authorized the town wide revaluation in the fall of 2021 to comply with state law that, All taxes upon real and personal estates, assessed by authority of this State, shall be apportioned and assessed equally according to the just value thereof. The equalized just value must be uniformly assessed in each municipality and unorganized place and be based on 100% of the current market value. The last town wide revaluation in Tremont was completed in 2015. Revaluation notices will be mailed out June 7th, and will include an "Estimated 2024 Tax Amount". RJD will be conducting one on one appointments with anyone who would like to come in and discuss their valuation. These are by appointment only and can be arranged by calling the Town Office the week of June 17th to scheduled your appointment. Appointments will be scheduled for the week of June 24th.

Revaluation Mailing in ALPHA Order Click here

Committee Member Openings

The Town of Tremont is seeking volunteers for the following committees:

Board Of Appeals:     2 at-large seats
                                   1 at-large alternate

 Harbor Committee:   2 Commercial Fisherman seats

Planning Board:      2 at-large seats

Library Trustees:     3 at-large seats

Sustainability Committee:     4 at-large seats
The Select Board will also appoint a representative from its own membership

If you are interested in volunteering your time, please visit the Tremont Town Office, 20 Harbor Dr., Bass Harbor, Me, 04653. We are open Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. Applications may be submitted in person, via email to clerk@tremont.maine.gov, or by mail to PO Box 159, Bernard, ME 04612. Applications must be received by 4 p.m. on Friday, June 14, 2024. The Select Board anticipates making these appointments at their meeting in Monday, June 17, 2024, at 5pm at the Town Office.

New Maine License Plates

Beginning May 1, 2025, the state Bureau of Motor Vehicles will no longer issue plates with the chickadee design. Anyone who currently has chickadee plates will be required to obtain new plates when they renew their registration or obtain a new registration on or after May 1, 2025.
For new registrations and renewals in the passenger car class code, registrants can choose:
• A Pine Tree Plate for no additional cost.
• A plain plate with no tree for no additional cost.
• One of the current specialty plates (normal fees apply).
Beginning immediately, registrants who would like to keep their current chickadee plate numbers may reserve their plate number for a $25 fee. Visit maine.gov/online/reservemyplate or contact platereserve.bmv@maine.gov for more information.

Well Water PFAS Testing Available for Tremont Residents

Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, also known as PFAS or "forever chemicals", are man-made substances in many household products that can negatively affect human health. By testing well water samples for these chemicals, we can better understand the health risks for Tremont families.
 
The Town of Tremont has allocated funds for fifty PFAS test kits. These are available on a first come, first served basis. If you live near Tremont Consolidated School, there may be other funds available to cover the costs of testing. You may request a test here.

Job Openings -  Public Works Laborer

Public Works Laborer or Driver - The Town of Tremont is seeking a fulltime, year-round Public Works Laborer or Driver to assist the Public Works Department with mowing, raking, shoveling, snowplowing, paving, flagging, and general construction work.  Minimum requirements include possession of a driver’s license and a team player attitude.  Application forms available on line at www.tremont.maine.gov or at the Town Office, 20 Harbor Drive, Bass Harbor.  Applications accepted until position filled. Applications may be submitted by mail to PO Box 159, Bernard, Me 04612, in person at the Town Office, or by email to manager@tremont.maine.gov.~ The Town Of Tremont Is An Equal Opportunity Employer ~

Senior Property Tax Rebate

Annual Town Meeting recently passed the Senior Property Tax Rebate Ordinance. 

The purpose of this ordinance is to establish a program to provide property tax assistance to persons 70 years of age and over who reside in the Town of Tremont. Under this program, the Town of Tremont will provide refund payments to those individuals who maintain a homestead in the Town of Tremont and meet the criteria established by this ordinance. 
~Senior Property Tax Rebate Ordinance 
~Senior Property Tax Rebate Letter & Application
~Senior Property Tax Rebate Worksheet Owner
~Senior Property Tax Rebate Worksheet Renter 

Governor Mills Announces Applications for Funding to Help Working Waterfront Properties Rebuild from Winter Storms


Augusta, MAINE – Governor Janet Mills announced today that applications for funding are now available to help repair and rebuild working waterfronts damaged by the winter storms that hammered Maine’s coastline.

The $25 million in funding is available through the Working Waterfront Resilience Grant Program, a joint initiative from the Maine Department of Transportation, the Maine Department of Marine Resources, and the Governor’s Office of Policy Innovation and the Future. The funding comes from the $60 million secured by the Governor, and approved by the Legislature, to rebuild in the wake of the terrible winter storms.

Absentee Ballots Available

Absentee Ballots are available for the State of Maine Primary Election, June 11, 2024

Click here to request an absentee ballot online, or visit the town office Monday-Friday 8am- 4pm

Absentee ballots will be available until June 6, 2024


Public Hearing - Referendum Ballot Questions - April 22nd 5pm

Town of Tremont Select Board’s Notice for Public Hearing on Monday, April 22, 2024 At 5:00 p.m. On Secret Ballot Referendum Issues:
The Board of Selectmen of the Town of Tremont will hold a public hearing on Monday, April 22, 2024 at 5:00 p.m. in the Harvey Kelley Meeting Room, to hear public comment on Annual Town Meeting Warrant Articles C through F, which will be voted by secret ballot at the election to be held on Monday, May 13, 2024.
Article C         Short Term Rental Licensing Ordinance: Shall an ordinance entitled “Short Term Rental Licensing Ordinance” as certified by the Select Board on April 22, 2024, be enacted?

Recommendation:  The Selectboard recommend adoption.
   Note:      Copies of the ordinance proposed above are available from the Town Clerk. And Available Here

Article D         Comprehensive Plan: To see if the voters of the Town of Tremont shall adopt the “Town of Tremont Comprehensive Plan 2023”, and thereby replace the Comprehensive Plan adopted in 2011. 

Recommendation:  The Selectboard recommend adoption.

                        Note:      Copies of the comprehensive plan proposed above are available from the Town Clerk. and Available Here 

 Article E         Land Use Ordinance:  Shall an ordinance entitled “Tremont Land Use Ordinance Amendment” as certified by the Select Board on April 22, 2024, be enacted?

Recommendation:  The Selectboard recommend adoption.

                        Note:      Copies of the ordinance proposed above are available from the Town Clerk. and Available Here 

 Article F          Site Plan Review Ordinance: Shall an ordinance entitled “Site Plan Review Ordinance Amendment” as certified by the Select Board on January 16, 2024, be enacted?

 Recommendation:  The Selectboard recommend adoption.

                        Note:      Copies of the ordinance proposed above are available from the Town Clerk. and Available Here

 

FEMA Disaster Assistance

FEMA Disaster Assistance team members will be available to meet with town residents on April, 17th 2024, from 9A.M to 3 P.M. at the Tremont Town office (lower level), Harvey Kelley meeting room 20 Harbor Dr. Bass Harbor to provide information and take applications for financial assistance from homeowners and renters that experienced financial losses as result of the 09-13 January storms that occurred in Hancock County.  

If you’re unable to meet with FEMA on April 17th you’re welcome to visit the FEMA Disaster Recovery Center, every day, 8 A.M. to 6 P.M. at the Moore Community Center, 125 State Street, Ellsworth. Or, residents may call: (800) 621-3362 at their convenience to begin the assistance process. Thank you

Absentee Ballots Available

Absentee Ballots are now available at the Town Office for the Annual Town Meeting Election of May 13, 2024 until Thursday, May 9th at 4pm.
Sample Ballot
Absentee Application

Disaster Assistance Approved by FEMA for Hancock County

Eight counties have been approved for disaster relief funds following the January 10th and 13th storms. Residents who sustained losses in the designated areas can begin applying for assistance at www.DisasterAssistance.gov , by calling 800-621-FEMA (3362), or by using the FEMA Federal Emergency Management Agency App. Information on Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) locations will be made available on maine.gov/flood soon for those that may prefer to meet in person with a FEMA representative.

Browntail Moth Mitigation Grant Available Now

The purpose of this program is to provide Browntail Moth mitigation assistance to eligible households, and is possible due to a grant obtained by the Town of Tremont through the State of Maine’s Department of Agriculture and Forestry. 

Planned Electrical System Outage to effect Tremont March 20th

Versant Planned Electrical System Maintenance Outage

Location of Maintenance or Repair: Mount Desert, Pretty Marsh, Seal Cove, Somesville & Tremont

Date of Maintenance/Repair: 03.20.2024

Time & Expected Duration: 9 a.m. for approximately 2 hours

Rain Date: (if applicable) 03.21.2024

Description of Work:
Versant Power Crews have scheduled maintenance to the electrical system in Mount Desert, Pretty Marsh, Seal Cove, Somesville and Tremont beginning at 9 a.m. Wednesday, March 20. The project is expected to take approximately 2 hours to complete.

Customers may experience service interruptions during this time as crews work upgrade equipment to improve reliability and prevent future outages.

March 10th Storm Damage Reporting

Below are the links for reporting damages specifically related to the March 10th storm: 

Individual, Homeowner, Small Business & Agriculture Initial Damage Assessment Reporting Tools:

Individuals & Households Initial Damage Assessment Survey (online)

Individuals & Households Initial Damage Assessment Form 12-26-23 (pdf)

Business and Agriculture Initial Damage Assessment Survey (online)

 

Roads Posted - March 1st

The Town of Tremont is announcing that certain roads will be posted for weight limits to prevent damage during the spring thaw. The weight limit for non-exempt vehicles during the posted time is a registered vehicle weight of 23,000 pounds. Effective March 1, 2024 the roads are posted and will remain posted until further notice.
If there are any special needs or concerns, please feel free to call the Town Office at 244-7204. Thank you in advance for your cooperation.

 

Help Wanted - Custodian/Cleaner


The Town of Tremont is currently seeking a Custodian for the Town Office. The ideal candidate will be detail-oriented, flexible and willing to take on routine and non-routine cleaning and special projects as the need arises. The Custodian will be responsible for cleaning and sanitizing all areas of the Town Office and performing minor maintenance and related projects. Previous experience as a Custodian is preferred and physical ability to perform related duties and ability to pass a background check is required. This is a part-time, 4-6 hour per week position with competitive wages. For consideration, submit application to: Town Manager, PO Box 159, Bernard, ME 04612 or manager@tremont.maine.gov. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. The Town of Tremont is an equal opportunity employer.

Permitting information for storm damaged property

Guidance from the Maine Department of Environmental Protection on permitting requirements to repair or replace storm damaged properties. In addition to the guidance from the Maine DEP found here, You should reach out to the Code Enforcement office to discuss what local permitting may be required.

Vulnerabilities and Opportunities: Tremont Responding to Coastal Change

January 23, 2024 5:30pm @ Bass Harbor Library - Join scientists and experts from Gulf of Maine Research Institute as they share the results of Tremont’s Vulnerability Assessment. The report provides insights into expected sea level rise, coastal flooding, infrastructure risk, ecological shifts, and more. This information will empower the town to proactively plan for coming changes, and community members are a key part of this work. A Climate to Thrive will also share insights into the town’s energy consumption and related strategies for creating cost savings, protecting our coastal resources and vulnerable neighbors, and cultivating future opportunities that will feature in the town’s developing Community Resilience Plan. To join us via Zoom, register here. A recording will be posted afterward.

Following the presentations, there will be time for questions and community discussion, as well as information on ways to stay involved in this work locally. This event is made possible by Maine’s Community Resilience Partnership. Reach out to brianna@aclimatetothrive.org with any questions

Storm Recovery Resources

The Island Institute has set up a Storm Recovery page. The Institute is also opening up its Business Resilience Grant program and raising the maximum amounts, so if you know of any working waterfront businesses who could benefit from this support, please encourage them to apply at this link,

Storm Damage Resources

The Maine Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) has provided the following update to the previously released information on reporting storm damage:

Harbormaster Appointed

Tremont Harbormaster Selected

Tremont, Maine – On Tuesday, the Select Board confirmed Town Manager Jesse Dunbar’s appointment of Tyler Damon as the new Harbormaster for Tremont. Damon will replace Harbormaster Justin Seavey, who has been filling in since August. Damon officially assumed this role on Tuesday, January 2.

 

Tremont Holiday Lobster Trap Tree Lighting

Join us Saturday, December 9th at 4:30PM at the Tremont Community Building for a Lobster Trap Tree Lighting 

Absentee Ballots Available Now until 4pm Nov 2nd

Absentee Ballots  for the November 7th State referendum are available now at the Town Office. 
Sample Ballot -11-7-23

Surplus Property Sale - Invitation to bid

The Town of Tremont is now accepting sealed bids from the public to purchase the following: 

  • Left Over Pier Pilings in various lengths
    • Winning bidder must remove within 14 days from award of the bid.
    • Being sold AS IS.

 

 

A History of MDI through Vintage Postcards - 175th Event

TREMONT – Award-winning Maine author and journalist Earl Brechlin will share the rich history of Mount Desert Island and Acadia National Park through images from his extensive collection of historic postcards at the Kelly Room of the Tremont Town Office on Wednesday, October 18, at 6  p.m. The talk is part of the Tremont Historical Society’s celebration of the town’s 175th birthday.

Update - Property Tax Stabilization for Seniors

The LD290 "Property Tax Stabilization for Senior Citizens" program, enacted in August 2022 was repealed by the Maine Legislature on July 6, 2023.

175th Fun at the Country Store Museum - POSTPONED TO SEPT 30TH

Saturday, September 16th from 2pm-4pm

Aerial Maps & Property Data - Now Live!

Our interactive Property Maps are now live!

Now Hiring - Deputy Code Enforcement Officer

The Town of Tremont is seeking qualified candidates for the full time position of Deputy Code Enforcement Officer / Licensed Plumbing Inspector. This position is responsible for inspections of plumbing and enforcement of all local codes and land use regulations, and serves as the 911 Addressing Officer. This position is contracted out for 20 hours per week to the Town of Southwest Harbor. The Deputy CEO must have the ability to interact with the public professionally in order to secure compliance.  Customer service, education, and violation prevention are a primary responsibility.

Harbormaster Update

New Town Clerk Selected

Sarah Abbott has been selected as the next Town Clerk for the Town of Tremont. Abbott will officially be appointed to the position on September 1st. She will be training alongside outgoing Town Clerk Katie Dandurand, two days a week for the remainder of August. Abbott will continue in her current role as Deputy Code Enforcement Officer until September 1st.

Comprehensive Plan Draft - Public Hearing - September 21st

Comprehensive Plan Update Draft

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING
TOWN OF TREMONT, COMPREHENSIVE PLAN TASK FORCE
TREMONT COMPREHENSIVE PLAN UPDATE
Thursday, September 21, 2023 5:30 pm
Harvey Kelley Meeting Room, Tremont Town Office

Reminder - FY24 Property Taxes are due September 18th.

A friendly reminder that FY24 tax bills have been sent. The due date this year is September 18th. Interest begins accruing September 19th. 
If you have not received a bill and believe you should have, feel free to call the Town Office or stop by. 

Have you experienced coastal flooding in Tremont?

The Gulf of Maine Research Institute is
partnering with the Town of Tremont
and A Climate to Thrive to develop a
community resilience plan for the Town
of Tremont.
We need your help to understand how
coastal flooding currently impacts the
town. Please share any photos or
videos of coastal flooding (flooding
from ocean water) in Tremont.

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSenULwxhDqgFC6Thojp2VCG0U-M3gM_bfNy4LYAk9UZE9s5uA/viewform

Now Hiring - Town Clerk / Tax Collector

The Town of Tremont on beautiful Mount Desert Island is seeking a fulltime Town Clerk/Tax Collector to carry out the statutory duties of these offices, as well as other highly skilled administrative, financial and clerical responsibilities.

Board / Committee Openings

The Town of Tremont is seeking volunteers for the following Board/Committee openings

Our new website has launched!

Our new website is here! Please be patient as there are some finishing touches in process and it will be ever changing. 
Take a look around and let us know what you think!

Board / Committee Openings

The Town of Tremont is seeking volunteers for the following boards and committees:

Board of Appeals, 2 regular seats and 1 alternate seat
Harbor Committee, 1 seat (at-large); 1 seat (boat storage-repair)
Library Trustees, 3 seats
Planning Board, 2 seats

 

Homestead Exemption

Beginning in 2020 the homestead exemption will increase from $20,000 to $25,000. To qualify, homeowners must fill out a simple form declaring property as their principal residence by April 1 in the tax year claimed. Once the application is filed, the exemption remains until the owner sells or changes their place of residence. Forms are available in the Assessor’s Office or by clicking the link below.

Homestead Application

Tremont Comp Plan Survey

This survey is the online version of the activities from the Visioning Open House for the Tremont Comp Plan Update. It is intended for any members of the Tremont community who wish to participate in the Comp Plan Process. 
 
The survey is open from October 4 until December 1, 2022.  Below is the link for the survey.

https://forms.gle/FjMVvfDGCghFAdV99

Absentee Ballots Available

Absentee Ballots are now available at the Town Office for the Annual Town Meeting Election of May 13, 2024, until Thursday, May 9th at 4pm.
Sample Ballot
Absentee Application