The Ellsworth Finance Department is responsible for collection of real estate and personal property taxes, motor vehicle excise taxes, and other accounts receivable as well as maintaining the City’s investments, reserve funds, grant funds, and project financing.

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    Tammy Mote

    Deputy City Manager/Finance Director

    Teri Dane - Finance

    Teri Dane

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    Jenn Madore

    Deputy Finance Director

    Finance - Tax Collector - Amanda Tupper

    Amanda Tupper

    Deputy Treasurer - Tax Collector

    Elizabeth Barnes - Finance

    Elizabeth Barnes

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    Finance - Deputy Tax Collector - Virginia (Ginny) Derise

    Virginia (Ginny) Derise

    Deputy Tax Collector

    Kerri Taylor

    Deputy Tax Collector

  • Real estate and personal property tax collection

    Motor vehicle registration

    Sewer and water billing & collection

    Solid waste billings

    Septage billing

  • When are property taxes due?

    The exact dates vary each year but are always approximately during the second week of September and the second week of March. For FY 2016, which covers the period July 1, 2015 – June 30, 2016 the due dates are September 10, 2015 and March 10, 2016.

    Where do I send my property tax payment?

    Property tax payments can be mailed to 1 City Hall Plaza. Checks should be made payable to City of Ellsworth.

    How much did I pay in property taxes last year?

    You can obtain a copy of your prior year tax bills through the Self Service Portal or you can contact our office at 207-669-6620.

    How Do I pay my Property Taxes?

    It is important to know when taxes are due. The exact dates vary each year but are always approximately during the second week of September and the second week of March. For FY 2016, which covers the period July 1, 2015 – June 30, 2016 the due dates are September 10, 2015 and March 10, 2016.

    Your payments can be mailed to 1 City Hall Plaza. Checks should be made payable to City of Ellsworth.

    The City accepts both debit and credit cards. Debit cards can only be processed in person, and credit cards can be processed in person or over the phone. The City uses Maine PayPort, a credit card processing service, and there is an additional 2.5% charge ($1.00 minimum) to use a credit card.

    You can also pay your taxes by going to the Self Service Portal.

    You may need your Property Tax Bill from last year. You can obtain a copy of your prior year tax bills through the Self Service Portal. Or contact our office for this information.

    How do I find out how much my Excise Tax will be?

    You can get an estimate of the amount of your excise tax using our Excise Tax Calculator.

    What is excise tax?

    Excise Tax is an annual tax that must be paid prior to registering your vehicle. Except for a few statutory exemptions, all vehicles registered in the State of Maine are subject to the Excise Tax.
    Excise Tax is defined by State Statute as a tax levied annually for the privilege of operating a motor vehicle or camper trailer on the public ways. Excise Tax is paid at the local municipal office where the owner of the vehicle resides. The municipality that collects the excise tax can use it as revenue towards the annual municipal budget. Typically, the revenue is spent on local road maintenance, construction and repair.

    The amount of tax is determined by two things: 1.) The age of the vehicle and 2.) MSRP (manufactured suggested retail price). Excise Tax is calculated by multiplying the MSRP by the mil rate as shown below. The rates drop back on January 1st of each year. Step Mil Rate

    Year 1 .0240
    Year 2 .0175
    Year 3 .0135
    Year 4 .0100
    Year 5 .0065
    Year 6 .0040

    For example, a 3 year old car with an MSRP of $19,500 would pay $263.25 in excise tax. To get an estimate of your Excise Tax use our Excise Tax Calculator.

    What is an SR-22?

    An SR-22 is a financial responsibility form that needs to be completed if you have ever been stopped for a traffic violation and did not have vehicle insurance. You would be notified by the State of Maine if this form was required to be completed.

    Can I have my insurance card faxed to city hall?

    Yes – our fax number is 207-667-4908

    Does the city accept debit or credit cards?

    Yes, the City accepts both debit and credit cards. Debit cards can only be processed in person, and credit cards can be processed in person or over the phone. The City uses Maine PayPort, a credit card processing service, and there is an additional 2.5% charge ($1.00 minimum) to use a credit card.

    What are the city hall office hours?

    Ellsworth City Hall office hours are Monday thru Friday – 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

    Ellsworth City Hall is closed for the following holidays:

    • New Year’s Day January 1
    • Martin Luther King, Jr. Day 3rd Monday in January
    • President’s Day 3rd Monday In February
    • Memorial Day Last Monday in May
    • Independence Day July 4
    • Labor Day First Monday in September
    • Columbus Day Second Monday in October
    • Veteran’s Day November 11
    • Thanksgiving 4th Thursday & Friday in November
    • Christmas December 25

    A holiday that falls on a Saturday will be observed on the preceding Friday.

    A holiday that falls on a Sunday will be observed on the following Monday.

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