New Gloucester voters reject tax-relief, public safety ordinances — Sun Journal

By Ellie Fellers — Sun Journal – June 19, 2019

The Property Tax Assistance Ordinance would have helped residents at least 70 years old who have household incomes of no more than $40,000 and have lived in town for at least 10 years.

It failed by a vote of 25-21.

“I want to support someone poor, but the ordinance doesn’t impact one’s net worth,” resident Carleton Wilcox said. “If you can’t afford to live in your home, then live in a smaller place.”

Laura Jane Sturgis, 79, said she lies awake at night wondering how she will pay her taxes.

“I feel like I’m giving to my town and I just don’t have a lot of money,” she said. “I will be 80 in July and can’t get another job.” Keep reading Ellie Fellers’s article in the Sun Journal.