2014 Tax bills will be mailed to the owner of record as of April 1, 2014.  Taxes are due now.   Interest begins on October 1st.  The real estate tax amounts and 2014 Tax Commitment Book, are available here.  To view the 2014 Personal Property Tax Commitment, click here.

Real estate taxes are due September 30th of each tax year.  The tax bills are normally mailed in late July.
  Benton's tax year is January 1 to December 31.   As with other municipalities in Maine, tax bills are issued to the owner of record as of April 1st of the current tax year.  The current (2014) mill rate is 13.6 at 100%.  Partial tax payments (including pre-payments) may be made at any time during the tax year.   Any payments are automatically applied to the oldest tax due.

Delinquent real estate taxes go to lien in May of the following year; e.g., delinquent 2011 taxes that were due 9/30/11 went to lien on 5/4/12. 

TAX BILLS are mailed to the owner of record ONLY (owner on April 1st of the tax year).  For those owners who use an escrow account, the owners are responsible for sending copies of their bills to their mortgage companies and/or escrow companies.

The Benton Town Office staff can answer most inquiries regarding taxes owed for the current and past tax years.  Call 207-453-7191 or e-mail.  For information and forms related to Farmland, Tree Growth, BETE (Business Equipment Tax Exemption) and more, click here.

HOMESTEAD
EXEMPTIONResidents who have owned and lived in their homes for more than 12 months are eligible for a Homestead Exemption which reduces the tax amount due each year.   Applications (with instructions) are available at the Town Office or click here.   Application remain on file and the exemptions are applied each tax year.  If a resident moves to another Maine municipality, then the resident must re-apply in that municipality. 

VETERANS EXEMPTION.   Many veterans are eligible for a Veterans' Exemption which reduces the tax amount each year.   In general, the exemption applies to veterans who "served during a recognized war period" and have reached the age of 62.   Applicants must provide a copy of their discharge papers (i.e., DD-214) when applying.  Certain disabled veterans are eligible as well.  Applications (with instructions and eligibility requirements) are available at the Town Office or click here.      

ZONING.   Benton has Shoreland Zoning as well as local zoning for properties that are in rural, industrial and residential zones.  For general information about Shoreland Zoning and to see the Benton Shorerland Zoning Map, refer to the panel at left.  Any questions should be referred to the CEO, Albert Tempesta at 270-5191.

Selectmen's Resolution
: "URGING THE MAINE STATE LEGISLATURE TO CRAFT A BIENNIEL STATE BUDGET THAT PREVENTS A SIGNIFICANT INCREASE IN PROPERTY TAXES." To view the Benton Selectmen's Resolution 01-13, click here.

Tax Maps, zoning information, the Land Use Ordinance Manual  and assessing info can be viewed at the following links:

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2013 Tax Map Index

2013 Map 1, 2013 Map 2, 2013 Map 3, 2013 Map 4, 2013 Map 5, 2013 Map 6, 2013 Map 7, 2013 Map 8, 2013 Map 9, 2013 Map 10, 2013 Map 11, 2013 Map 12, 2013 Map 13, 2013 Map 14, 2013 Map 15, 2013 Map 16, 2013 Map 17, 2013 Map 18, 2013 Map 19, 2013 Map 20, 2013  Map 21, 2013 Map 22, 2013 Map 23, 2013 Map 24.   

Land Use Ordinance Manual 
Benton Zoning Map
Rural District Basic Information
Village and Growth District Info
Industrial District Basic Information

For land value, building value, book/page information and taxes for 2013 tax year, click here.    

Flood Zone Maps.  For information, click here.

Shoreland Zoning.  To view the Town's Shorland Zoning Map, click
here.  Shorland Zoning information from the State's website is available here.

STREET MAP.  Two maps showing the streets in Benton are located here and (the west side of Benton) here.  Directions to various streets in Benton are here.

Copies of tax cards can be e-mailed.  To receive a tax card via e-mail, call (453-7191), fax (453-4428) or e-mail ( 
benstaff@roadrunner.com ) - the Town Office staff.

Planning Board
Lance Shores (Chair), Patricia Lanning (Co-Chair), Kathy Bolster (Secretary), Roger Averill, Pastor Sheldon Keezer, Leo Caron.
 

The Benton Planning Board meets at 7:00 PM on the second Tuesday of every month at the Benton Town Office.  The meeting is open to the public.

While the Planning Board issues Shoreland Zoning and Conditional Use Permits, the Code Enforcement Officer is able to take action on many projects and building permits that don't require Planning Board action or approval.  Any questions should be referred to the CEO, Albert Tempesta, 270-5191, and he will advise applicants if Planning Board approval/action is required.

For rules regarding setbacks and minimum lot sizes, refer to the Land Use Ordinance Manual which is available here.   The pdf files in the above panels have information regarding zoning.
 
The following standards for single-family detached dwellings are excerpted from the Land Use Ordinance manual:

Minimum Lot size (for single family detached dwelling). 
       10,000 sq. ft. (sewered) - Village, Industrial and Growth Districts
       20,000 sq. ft. (unsewered) - Village, Industrial and Growth Districts
       30,000 sq. ft. - Rural District.

Minimum Street Frontage.
       125 feet - Village and Growth Districts 
       150 feet - Rural and Industrial Districts

    Minimum Front Setback.
       15 feet - Village and Growth Districts
       25 feet - Rural District
       50 feet - Industrial District

    Minimum Side Setback and Rear Setback.
       10 feet [Residential] - Village, Industrial, Rural and Growth Districts 
       20 feet [Commercial, Industrial, Other] - Village, Industrial, Rural and Growth Districts

Any questions should be referred to the CEO, Albert Tempesta.

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