Tax bill printing error causes confusion

By Stephanie Grinnell | Sep 14, 2017

Stockton Springs — Two errors on property tax bills came to light this week but town officials are working to remedy the problem.

A printing error showed an incorrect exemption amount for certain people, including veterans, but the misprint did not change the total tax owed, according to Town Assessor Amber Poulin.

"There was a duplication on exemptions," she said.

She said the tax bills list a homestead exemption of $20,000, followed by a space for other exemptions. Some bills erroneously showed an additional $20,000 exemption, she said, instead of, for example, the correct $6,000 exemption for veterans. Poulin stressed the amount of property tax due to the town is correct, despite the exemption misprint.

"The bills were all correct," she said.

The printing company with which the town contracts will send corrected tax bills to affected parties during the next couple of weeks, she said, so property owners will have an accurate record.

"The (printing) company is definitely stepping up to the plate," Poulin said, adding the town will not be charged for reprinting the corrected bills.

Additionally, the phone number for people to call with tax bill-related questions also was incorrect. The correct number to call is 207-567-3404. Postcards will be sent by the printing company with the correct contact information as well, Poulin said.

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