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2023 Commitment Books

The Real Estate Commitment Book is available as two PDFs.
One ordered by Account Number and one Alphabetical.

2023 Tax Assessment Information

Title 36, Section 706, Maine Revised Statutes Annotated Taxpayers to list property, notice, penalty, verification

Before making an assessment, the assessor or assessors, the chief assessor of a primary assessing area or the State Tax Assessor in the case of the unorganized territory may give seasonable notice in writing to all persons liable to taxation in the municipality, primary assessing area or the unorganized territory to furnish to the assessor or assessors, chief assessor or State Tax Assessor true and perfect lists of all their estates, not by law exempt from taxation, of which they were possessed on the first day of April of the same year.

The notice to owners may be by mail directed to the last known address of the taxpayer or by any other method that provides reasonable notice to the taxpayer.

If notice is given by mail and the taxpayer does not furnish the list, the taxpayer is barred from their right to make an application to the assessor or assessors, chief assessor or State Tax Assessor or any appeal therefrom for any abatement of their taxes, unless he/she furnishes the list with their application and satisfies them that he/she was unable to furnish it at the time appointed.

The assessor or assessors, chief assessor, or State Tax Assessor may require the person furnishing the list to make an oath to its truth, which oath any of them may administer, and may require the taxpayer to answer in writing all proper inquiries as the nature, situation, and value of their property liable to be taxed in the State; and a refusal or neglect to answer such inquiries and subscribe the same bars an appeal, but such list and answers shall not be conclusive upon the assessor or assessor, chief assessor or State Tax Assessor.

If the assessor or assessors, chief assessor, or the State Tax Assessor fail to give notice by mail, the taxpayer is not barred from their right to make an application for abatement provided that upon demand the taxpayer shall answer in writing all proper inquiries as to the nature, situation, and value of their property liable to be taxed in the State; and a refusal or neglect to answer the inquiries and subscribe the same bars an appeal, but the list and answers shall not be conclusive upon the assessor or assessors, chief assessor or the State Tax Assessor.

=======NOTICE=========

In accordance with the above, all taxpayers are hereby requested to bring to the Assessors of the Town of Swan’s Island true and perfect lists of the estates, real and personal, as of April 3, 2023.  The posting of this notice in the Town Office, on the Town’s website, and/or the mailing of this Town Report to non-resident taxpayers will be considered a reasonable request by law.

The Assessors will be in session at the Town Office on Monday,

April 3, 2023, from 1:00 P.M. to 4:00 P.M. for the purpose above stated.

SHELLFISH HARVESTING LICENSES

Applications for Shellfish Harvesting Licenses for the period April 1, 2023 to March 31, 2024 may be printed from the Swan’s Island Website at 2023 Shellfish License Application and mailed to Town Clerk at PO Box 11, Swan’s Island, ME 04685.

The application must be received no later than March 30, 2023. At 9:00 AM on Saturday, April 1st, there will be a drawing to determine who will receive the Non-resident Commercial Shellfish License. This will be will be aired on Facebook Live from the Town of Swan’s Island Page.

            At that time the Town Clerk shall issue one license to a non-resident. Thereafter, when ten licenses are issued to residents then one more shall be awarded to the non-resident whose name was drawn next.

            Resident Commercial Shellfish Harvest License             $200.00

            Non-Resident Commercial Shellfish Harvest License    $400.00

            Resident Recreational Shellfish Harvest License            $   20.00

            Non-resident Recreational Shellfish Harvest License    $   40.00

Recreational licenses will not be sold to any person holding a State of Maine Commercial Shellfish License and will be revoked if that person subsequently acquires a State of Maine Commercial Shellfish License.

Cemetery Internment

It has come to our attention that people are burying their loved ones in the family plots without notifying the sexton, Seth Joy.

Seth needs to be notified before the remains are placed per State law because there is paperwork to be filled out and filed with the Town Clerk.

Undersea Cable Ordinance

TOWN OF SWAN'S ISLAND

UNDERSEA CABLE ORDINANCE

 

Section 1      General

    This Ordinance is prepared in accordance with the provisions of 30-A

M.R.S.A. Section 3001 and 38 M.R.S.A. Sections 2 and 7, and shall be known and may be cited as the "Undersea Cable Ordinance" or the "Ordinance."

    The purpose of this Ordinance is to regulate activities within the "territorial waters" of the Town, as defined in 38 M.S.A. Section 1, and located in proximity to underwater critical infrastructure, in order to promote public safety and compatible uses of these areas.

    The requirements of this Ordinance shall be in addition to, and shall not diminish, the authority of the State of Maine or the United States Army Corps of Engineers to regulate the harbor areas of the Town as may be provided by state and federal

Section 2       Rules

    No person shall place or cause to be placed any temporary or permanent mooring, anchor or any other property or obstruction within the area designated as the "Protected Undersea Cable Area" on the plan attached to this Ordinance at Exhibit "A."

    No person shall dump, discharge, or add any waste, garbage, dirt, gravel, logs, planks or other material within the area designated as the Protected Undersea CableArea.

    No person shall dredge, fish, clam, swim, set equipment or engage in any other activity that will result in direct or indirect contact or impacts to the ocean floor inthe Protected Undersea Cable Area, including tidal

    No person shall sink or abandon, or negligently permit to be sunk or abandoned, any Watercraft (as that term is defined in 38 R.S.A Section

11) inthe Protected Undersea Cable Area.

Section 3      Administration and Enforcement

    This Ordinance shall be interpreted and enforced by the Harbormaster, who shall have those powers and authority as may

,          generally be provided by 30-A M.R.S.A. Section 4452 and 38 M.R.S.A Sections 2 through 7.

 

    The Harbormaster shall enforce the requirements of this Ordinance and shall cooperate with other governmental agencies, as appropriate, including police, fire, or other emergency personnel, to maintain safe conditions, direct the relocation of Watercraft or other property maintained in violation of the requirements of the Ordinance, or take other action necessary or prudent to ensure compliance with the requirements of this Ordinance.

    The Harbormaster shall instruct any person, including any owner or operator of any Watercraft acting in violation of this Ordinance, to cease and desist any such action and, as appropriate, relocate or remove any Watercraft or other property maintained in violation of this Ordinance.

 

    If a Watercraft described in this section has no crew on board or if the owner, master, or person in charge neglects or refuses to move such Watercraft, as directed by the Harbormaster, or if the Harbormaster is unable to located the owner or master or person in charge after reasonable efforts, then the Harbormaster may take steps to remove said Watercraft, in accordance  with the  provisions  of 38 R.S.A. Section 5. Watercraft so taken into custody shall be released  to the owner by the Harbormaster  only after  satisfactory  proof of ownership has been presented, full reimbursement made to the Town for all costs incident to recovery, movement  and  storage;  and  a signed  release of all claims is executed by the Watercraft owner or duly authorized representa tive.

    In a case of a situation deemed an emergency by the Harbormaster in the exercise of his/her sole discretion, the Harbormaster may board any Watercraft as may be necessary to ensure compliance with this Ordinance, and the owner of the Watercraft shall be liable for any costs incurred by the Town in effecting such

    Any person aggrieved by any decision, act or failure to act by the Harbormaster in the administration or enforcement of this Ordinance may appeal such decision to the Municipal Officers within thirty (30) days of the date of the decision.

    Any violation of any requirement of this Ordinance shall be subject to an action brought by the Harbormaster in accordance with the provisions of 38 M.R.S.A. Sections 3 and

    The failure to obey any order of the Harbormaster shall be a Class E crime. Violations of this Ordinance, other than failure to obey an order of the Harbormaster, shall be subject to civil penalties in accordance with 30- A R.S.A. Section 4452.

 

Sec tion 4     Severability

 

If any section, subsection, sentence, clause, phrase or portion of this Ordinance or its application thereof to any person(s) or circumstance(s) is deemed invalid or unconstitutional by a court of competent jurisdiction, such portion or application shall be deemed a separate, distinct and independent provision or application and such holding shall not effect the validity of the remaining portions or applications thereof.

 

Attested By:

I hereby attest that this is a true copy of the Swan's Island Undersea Cable Ordinance, as enacted July 18, 2016.

Gwen J. May