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Dunphy submits measure to protect Old Town taxpayers

Lawmaker’s bill seeks to prevent valuation crisis in event of Old Town mill closure

September 30, 2015

AUGUSTA – Rep. Michelle Dunphy will sponsor a measure to prevent Old Town from losing out on state dollars in the event of a possible drastic devaluation.

Dunphy, D-Old Town, submitted the bill Tuesday following news that the Old Town pulp mill will close by the end of the year unless a buyer is found.

“While I remain hopeful a buyer will be found to continue operations, my bill will ensure that state funding for our schools is calculated fairly should the mill close,” said Dunphy. “So much is already at stake for our community without also missing out on state funding for education and local services, which would only make things harder on our city and property taxpayers.”

Under current law, the valuation used to determine state aid for education and other state funding may not reflect the sudden, dramatic devaluation caused by the closure of the mill. Dunphy’s bill would ensure Old Town property taxpayers receive fair treatment in state aid calculations.

“Old Town workers are facing an enormous challenge in the wake of this announcement, but we have seen challenges like this before. As we have always done, we will persevere,” said Dunphy. “It will take a lot of hard work, and I stand with my neighbors to make sure they have the answers and resources they need to move forward in the weeks and months ahead.”

Nearly 200 people are employed by the Old Town mill.

Dunphy is serving her first term in the Maine House. She represents Old Town and Penobscot Indian Island.

Contact:

Ann Kim [Dunphy] 233-1838