City Hall - Brewer, Maine

Exemptions & Tax Relief Programs

To receive an exemption, you must qualify under the applicable laws of the State of Maine.  The applicable exemption amounts will be deducted from the property assessment before taxes are calculated.  All exemption applications must be filed on or before April 1st in the year in which you are first applying for the exemption. For more information, please contact the Assessing Department at 207.989.7560 or visit the State of Maine web site for the complete list of Exemptions.

Homestead Exemption

In 2016 the Homestead Exemption increased to $15,000. To qualify for this exemption, you must be a legal Maine resident and have owned homestead property for at least one year in the State of Maine as of April 1 of the year in which you are first applying for the exemption.  You must declare the property to be your permanent place of residence and the only property for which you claim a homestead exemption. To download Homestead Exemption application click here.

An owner of property receiving an exemption under M.R.S.A. Title 36 Subchapter 4-B shall notify the assessor promptly when the ownership or use of the property changes so as to change the qualification of the property for an exemption under this subchapter.

Veteran Exemption

The estates up to the just value of $6,000, having a taxable situs in the place of residence, of veterans who served in the Armed Forces of the United States during any federally recognized war period.   To qualify, you must be a resident of the State of Maine, be 62 years of age on or before April 1st of the year in which you are first applying for the exemption, and have served in the Armed Forces during any federally recognized war period or be receiving any form of pension or compensation from the United States Government for total disability, service–connected or non-service connected, as a veteran.  Exemption is also allowed for an un-remarried widow or widower or minor child of any veteran who would be entitled to the exemption if living or who is in receipt of a pension or compensation from the Federal Government as the widow or widower or minor child of a veteran.  Click here for the Veteran Exemption Application.

The veteran exemption applies to the property of that veteran, including property held in joint tenancy with that veteran’s spouse or held in a revocable living trust for the benefit of that veteran, widow, widower, minor child or parent of a deceased veteran who qualifies.

Blind Exemption (Estates of certain persons)

The Blind Exemption amount is currently $4,000.  To qualify, you must be legally blind as determined by a properly licensed Doctor of Medicine, Doctor of Osteopathy or Doctor of Optometry.

Property of institutions and organizations

An organization or institution that desires exemption under this section must file a written application accompanied by written proof of entitlement for each parcel on or before the first day of April in the year in which the exemption is first requested with the assessor of the municipality in which the property would otherwise be taxable.  If granted, the exemption continues in effect until the assessor determines that the organization or institution is no longer qualified.  Proof of entitlement must indicate the specific basis upon which exemption is claimed.  Call 207.989.7560 and an application for exemption from the City of Brewer will be emailed or sent to you, or you can download it here.

If you have any questions involving exemptions, please call the Assessor’s Office at 207.989.7560.

Visit the State of Maine Website to see all available Exemptions and programs at www.maine.gov/revenue/propertytax.

Tax Relief for the Business Owner

Information regarding the State of Maine Circuit Breaker Program and changes made as part or the 2014 state biennial budget  can also be found on the State website.

There are two State programs that are available to the business property owner.  The programs are the Business Equipment Tax Reimbursement Program (BETR) and Business Equipment Tax Exemption Program (BETE).

Information concerning BETR can be found at the State website.

Information concerning the Business Equipment Tax Exemption (BETE) can be found at the following State website.

This exemption is for qualified business equipment purchased after April 1, 2007. In order to qualify, a business owner must apply for this exemption using the prescribed State form on or before May 1st each year.  The application should be sent to the Assessing Department.

Information regarding Working Waterfront Land Application is available on the State website.