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Notices

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.

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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.

Dog Licenses For 2023 Now Available

Dogs who are 3 months and older are required to be licensed.

I will need proof of the current rabies certificate and if it is altered and is a new to the island dog, please bring in (or send) the certification of alteration.

If you are not sure if your dog’s rabies shot is current and it was licensed here last year, call the office, email, message or text me and I can let you know.

Altered dogs are $6 and an intact dog is $11.

Dogs not licensed by January 31 2023 are subject to a fine.

Swan’s Island Resident Adult Learner Scholarship


The Town Office of Swans Island now has applications available for Adult Learners who want to continue their education or training for any reason, in almost any field.

  • Rolling deadline – decisions within a week
  • What do you want to do? Vocational training, lessons, college?
  • Short term or long-term programs are supported
  • Simple paper application
  • For more information contact Liz Fickett at efickett@mainecf.org or 207-412-2015 or ask at the Town Office
  • Paper applications available at the town office, and can be downloaded at https://www.mainecf.org/find-a-scholarship/available-scholarships/for-adult-learners/