HOULTON – Municipalities across Aroostook County soon will receive a bill for their share of the county tax after county commissioners set this year’s tariff at their monthly meeting late last week.
Cities, towns, plantations and unorganized territories each will shoulder a portion of the $4,202,415.98 tax this year, according to County Administrator Doug Beaulieu. Payments are due by the first week of September.
“That is the total amount that we will be collecting this year,” Beaulieu said. “The biggest contribution will come from the unorganized territories. We have set a final due date of November 7, and an 8 percent interest rate kicks in after that date for delinquent payments.”
The figure is up 2.5 percent from last year, a fact that the administrator attributed to inflation and several other factors.
“Some of our big-ticket items factored into that,” he said. “The cost of fuel has increased, as well as regular increases in the costs of different contracts.”
In other business, commissioners approved the hiring of four new Aroostook County Sheriff’s Department deputies.
Blaine resident Mitchell Wheeler and Kristopher Malmbourg, who resides in Fort Kent, were hired for full-time positions.
Houlton residents Troy Fitzpatrick and Matthew Quint were approved for reserve positions within the department, according to Beaulieu.