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Rumford offers tax club service

August 15, 2014

By Terry Karkos, Sun Journal, Lewiston, Maine



Aug. 15--RUMFORD -- Rumford is now offering an interest-free, monthly tax payment plan called a Tax Club Program.

It lets residential property owners pay their real estate property taxes over an eight-month period, Tom Bourret, Rumford tax collector, said Friday.

"It's just a budgeting tool," he said.

Bourret said it's not an incentive for paying taxes.

"It's just a service, like people do with (heating) oil," he said.

Open enrollment started on Aug. 1. As of early Friday afternoon there were 18 people participating.

Once an application is completed, the tax collector issues a payment book. The tax club divides a property owner's tax bill evenly over an eight-month period starting Oct. 15. The final payment is due on May 15 of the fiscal year.

"It's something that I learned from other municipalities when I was in training at a workshop," Bourret said. "It's pretty common in municipalities. It's also part of our tax software package here."

The Tax Club was approved by Rumford voters at the annual business meeting on June 2.

Those interested in the program can get an application online at www.rumfordmaine.net/tax.htm or in person at the Rumford Tax Office in the Municipal Building on Congress Street. The application must be received before Sept. 30.

For more information, call the tax collector's office at 364-2859 ext. 216.

tkarkos@sunjournal.com

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