AUGUSTA – Political
pundits and budget experts who say Governor Janet Mills’ proposed budget will
not result in lower property taxes are being handed a prime piece of evidence
to support their position with the introduction of the new Portland Public
Increasing school funding to ‘reduce’ property taxes was a core tenet and promise of Mills’ 2018 campaign for Governor as well as many other Democrats, but, as typically happens during local school budget presentations and debates, the message from Botana was that he was grateful for the increase, but it was not enough.
Under Botana’s proposed budget, Portland homeowners would see a tax increase on that portion of their bill of 5.4%.
A study from Maine Heritage Policy Center in 2015 showed that similarly, increases in Maine’s revenue sharing to cities and towns have not historically resulted in property tax cuts, although many candidates and politicians, mostly Democrats, often say they will.