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TAX AND SEWER OFFICE

The Tax Office is responsible for collecting monies received for various taxes, sewer fees and charges. These include Real Estate and Personal Property taxes, motor vehicle taxes and fees, registration fees, and other taxes related to Inland Fisheries & Wildlife, and various other charges. The Tax Collectors Office strives to provide the highest possible level of customer service to the Town’s residents and taxpayers while maintaining strict control to ensure the proper posting and accounting of the funds received.

 

2021 Tax Club Applications are now available

The Rumford Tax Club provides taxpayers an alternative way to pay their Real Estate Property Taxes.  Residential property owners who enroll before September 30, 2020 will have the opportunity to make 8 monthly, interest free, tax payments, for the 2021 fiscal tax year.   A copy of the Tax Club Rules and Regulations and Application and Agreement are available below. The completed Agreement must be returned to the Tax Office by September 30, 2020 to be eligible for enrollment. Certain terms and conditions apply.

Tax Club Rules and Regulations

Tax Club Application and Agreement

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Notice from Town Manager

RUMFORD — On August 27, 2020, the Town of Rumford Police Department was notified that a police officer has tested positive for COVID-19, commonly known as the novel coronavirus. The officer involved is a resident of Rumford and his case is under investigation.

The officer was experiencing minor symptoms and was tested prior to leaving for a vacation out of state. Since testing positive, the office was directed to self-isolate and self-quarantine until September 5th. The origin of how the officer contracted the virus is under investigation.
“Our dedicated Public Safety personnel are on the frontlines every day, bravely protecting our community,” said Stacy Carter, Town Manager. “We are providing support to the impacted police officer and continuing our efforts to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in our community.”
The Town of Rumford, Rumford Hospital, a Central Maine Healthcare Hospital, and the CDC are actively investigating details surrounding this exposures as well as facilitating contact tracing to minimize further risk to the community, as well as other public safety and town personnel. The Police Department will continue to work with Rumford Hospital Health Department and the CDC to assist in their contact investigation. As the investigation progresses, appropriate notifications will be made to employees, community members and other individuals who may have been exposed. Exposure is considered having unmasked contact with someone less than 6 feet for a period of more than 15 minutes.
“We recognize the potential impact of a positive test for a first responder,” said Carter. “We are committed to ensuring that this officer receives the necessary guidance and support to manage this health issue.”
Since learning of these positive test results, the Town of Rumford took the following actions:
• Notified additional Town employees who may also have been exposed.
• Completed a deep cleaning of affected facilities and designated police cars.
• Initiated the Health Department’s contact investigations and will be conducting additional testing as needed.
“We have been preparing for this possibility and are working collaboratively with our partners at Rumford Hospital and the CDC to provide additional information to all of our employees regarding this development” said Carter. “I want to assure our community that we have this under control and that there is no cause for panic.
This news should not deter the public from calling 9-1-1 when needing emergency assistance. Rumford Police and Fire Departments continue to take extensive precautions to safeguard community members and other emergency personnel.
We have taken additional precautionary steps by reducing contact with Office personnel until we receive initial test results.
The Town’s public health efforts will continue to focus on containing the spread and mitigating the impact of COVID-19 in the community.

NORSWB Transfer Station UPDATE

Please follow the link below for information on the NORSWB Spring Cleanup schedule.

Please note there will be NO PICK UP of material by the Town. The Transfer Station is open the weeks of May 11-23 to accept spring cleanup material from the residents hauling it themselves.

2020 spring clean up

Property Taxes Due on April 1, 2020

The second installment of the 2020 Fiscal Year Real Estate and Personal Property Tax is due on Wednesday, April 1, 2020.  

Payments may be made in person or by mail addressed to the Tax Collector, Town of Rumford, 145 Congress Street, Rumford, ME 04276 and payable to the Town of Rumford.  If paying by mail, please enclose the payment stub from the tax bill, or as much information as possible on the account (acct#, address, map/lot, etc.)  If requesting a receipt, enclose a self addressed, stamped envelope.  The town also accepts payments online through a third party payment service. Click here to pay online.  Third party fees apply to all online transactions.

INTEREST AT 7% PER ANNUM CHARGED STARTING THE DAY AFTER EACH DUE DATE.

Motor Vehicle Agent fee increase on November 1, 2019

In accordance with state law, LD 917 amended, “An Act Increasing Municipal Agent Fees for motor Vehicle Fees”, The Town of Rumford has adjusted the BMV Agent Fees effective November 1, 2019.

A $5.00 Agent Fee will be collected for each re-registration and $6.00 for each new registration issued to residents of the municipality.

This Agent Fee can avoided by completing the registration at the Motor Vehicle Branch Office where there is no agent fee required.

2020 Tax Club Applications are now available

The Rumford Tax Club provides taxpayers an alternative way to pay their Real Estate Property Taxes.  Residential property owners who enroll before September 30, 2019 will have the opportunity to make 8 monthly, interest free, tax payments, for the 2020 fiscal tax year.   A copy of the Tax Club Rules and Regulations and Application and Agreement are available below. The completed Agreement must be returned to the Tax Office by September 30, 2019 to be eligible for enrollment. Certain terms and conditions apply.

Tax Club Rules and Regulations

Tax Club Application and Agreement

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When are property taxes due?

Property taxes are due in two installments. Normally the first installment is due on or before October 1st and the second installment is due on or before April 1st.

Can I use a credit and/or a debit card to pay my taxes?
The Tax Collector’s Office currently accepts Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Discover for all transactions EXCEPT property tax payments that are in lien status. However, debit card transactions are not accepted.

Credit cards are accepted with online transactions through PayPort Online Payment Portal at: https://epayment.informe.org/payportonline/welcome. Third party fees apply to all credit card transactions.

I sold my property, why did I get a tax bill?
Although the Town’s tax year runs from July 1st to June 30th the taxes are assessed against the owner of record on April 1st. The April 1st date is set by State Law and is used by all communities. If you disposed of or sold your property after April 1st you are still responsible to pay the assessed taxes, even if they have not been committed yet. A purchase / sale agreement is a private agreement between you and the buyer of the property and does not automatically terminate your tax obligation. If the Town is required to file a tax lien for unpaid taxes, the lien will be filed in the name of the assessed owner as of April 1st. The Rumford Tax Collector highly recommends that all taxes, not just the current installment, be paid in full at your closing.
What if I lost my tax bill?
The Town mails one tax bill a year, normally in early September.  If you have lost or misplaced your bill you can contact the Tax Office at (207) 364-4576 ext 215 to obtain the balance due and your account number.  Referencing the account number on your payment will ensure proper posting and reduce processing delays.