Tax Exemptions

Must file applications with the Assessor on or before April 1 each year. 

For more information please head to the Maine Revenue Services website or call the Orono Town Office at (207)889-6909.

Homestead Exemption

Property owners would receive a valuation exemption of $25,000 from property tax in the place where they reside provided:

  • they are a legal resident of the State of Maine 
  • they have owned a homestead property in Maine for at least the past 12 months as of April 1st.
  • they declare this homestead as their primary residence and it must be the only property for which a homestead exemption is claimed (summer camps, vacation homes, and multiple residences do not qualify).

 Please click here for an application.

Veteran Exemption

A veteran who served on active duty in the armed forces may apply for a valuation exemption of $6,000 from property tax in the place where they reside provided: 

  • they served during a recognized war period and have reached the age of 62 years; or
  • they served during a recognized war period and are receiving any form of pension or compensation from the United States Government for total disability, service-connected or non-service-connected as a veteran; or
  • they were injured during active military service in the line of duty and are receiving 100% service-connected disability from the United States Government; or
  • they were awarded the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal and are receiving any form of pension or compensation from the United States Government for total disability, service-connected or non-service-connected, as a veteran; or
  • they served during a recognized war period and received a grant as a paraplegic veteran or specially adapted housing units

Unremarried Widow, Widower, or the Minor Child of a Veteran and Unremaried Widowed Parent of a Veteran may also be eligible for this exemption. 

Please click here for an application.

Paraplegic Veteran Exemption

A veteran who received a federal grant for a specially adapted housing unit may receive $50,000 provided that they meet the requirements above.

Please click here for an application.

Blind Exemption

An individual who is determined to be legally blind may apply for a valuation exemption of $4,000 from property tax in the place where they reside provided: 

  • they are real estate property owners who have been determined to be blind by a licensed Doctor of Medicine, Doctor of Osteopathy, or Doctor of Optometry may be eligible for this exemption.

Please click here for an application.

The Maine Tree Growth Program

The Maine Legislature enacted the Tree Growth Tax Law in 1972 to help Maine landowners maintain their property as productive woodlands, and to broadly support Maine’s wood products industry. By choosing to develop a Woodland Management Plan designed to realize the value of your timber (and meet other goals for your forest) through well-planned harvests over time, your property may be eligible for enrollment. 

To enroll your property in the Maine Tree Growth Tax Program, you must have at least ten acres of forest land managed primarily for the production of commercial forest products. You may benefit from a reduction in property taxes, making it more affordable for you to own and manage your woodland. The decision to enroll land in the Maine Tree Growth Tax Program is a long term one. The penalties for removing land from the program can be high, so consider all the aspects before enrolling.

For more information or to apply for the Maine Tree Growth Program click here.