It took less than a hour for 90 voters to pass the Bar Harbor Town Budget on Tuesday, June 30th. Because of COVID-19, the Financial Town Meeting was held "drive-in" style at MDI High School at 7 p.m. on a misty evening.

Bar Harbor Financial Town Meeting June 30, 2020 Photo Chris Popper

Bill Ferm was elected moderator and in a rare show of unity, all items presented were unanimously endorsed by the Warrant Committee 15-0 and by the Town Council 7-0.

There was one amendment from the floor (or parking lot to be exact), and that was introduced by Ted Koffman to add $5000 to the municipal budget for Island Housing Trust which passed.

Also elected to the Warrant Committee were

  • Juie Berberian
  • Steve Boucher
  • Robert Chaplin
  • Sherri Dyer
  • Michael Good
  • Emily Henry
  • Donna Karlson
  • John Kelly
  • Meagan Kelly
  • Amanda Kendall
  • James Kitler
  • Seth Libby
  • Allison Sasner
  • Christine Smith
  • Kathleen St. Germain
  • Lawrence Sweet
  • Mary Jane Whitney

First half taxes are due and payable on or before September 30, 2020 with the 2nd half taxes due and payable on or before March 31, 2021

The Mill Rate for Fiscal Year 2021 (July 1, 2020 to June 30, 2021) is 11.95 an increase of .10 from Fiscal Year 2020. In 4 years from Fiscal Year 2018 to Fiscal Year 2021, the Mill Rate has increased from 10.96 to 11.95, an increase of 0.8%