All Things Maine
All Things Maine

Monday, May 08, 2006

Unorganized Territory Not Uninhabited

Doreen Sheive of the Maine Department of Audit holds the purse strings for half of Maine: 9.4 million acres of Unorganized Territory, including 75 offshore islands. Exclude land in Tree Growth and that's "a half million liveable acres with less than 8,000 year-round people."
Once home to seasonal camps or remote locations where back-to-the-land hippies, societal castoffs or hermits holed up in the woods, the UT now is home to multi-million dollar residences.

One township has a $16 million home, complete with a helipad, while massive resorts are planned for other areas.

"That homeowner paid a $75 application fee for a $16 million home," Sheive said. "We need to begin looking at this growth from all angles." [Link]
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2 Comments:

At 6:59 AM, May 09, 2006, Blogger Jim said...

"That homeowner paid a $75 application fee for a $16 million home," Sheive said. "We need to begin looking at this growth from all angles."

Talk about an understatement! Yeah, Ms. Sheive, let's begin looking at growth from more ways than merely your myopic, bureaucratic angle.

One of my pet peeves (among many) is that Maine spends inordinate amounts of money promoting tourism. While I'm not opposed to folks from away, visiting our fair state, I am a bit disturbed about the recent trend of some of them returning and buying up our prime real estate.

I would like to see the state do more in the way of shifting taxes from lifelong Mainers and begin making it a bit more difficult for multi-millionaires, buying second and third homes, from setting up shop in the Pine Tree State.

If they want to come here, buy up our coastline and mountain vistas, driving up real estate for those of us who scrape by keeping a roof over our heads, I say let's shift a bit of the tax burden onto their shoulders. Certainly, charging more than $75 for an application fee might be a place to start.

 
At 1:43 PM, May 09, 2006, Blogger Chris said...

Agreed. It's getting hard to find a lakeshore or a ridgeline without an ostentatious McMansion on it. And Mainers with family homesteads in prime locations are getting squeezed out.

 

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