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South Portland Community Newsletter

Issue 278

This City of South Portland Community E-Newsletter includes information about Ciy sponsored events, projects and special announcements from South Portland's non-profit community.    Sign up if you would like to receive the newsletter directly to your inbox.
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Community Supper

American Legion Post #35
Corned Beef Supper
4:30 PM to 6:30 PM
March 7th
$10.00 for Adults – Children under 5 Free
For more information visit the Age Friendly South Portland Facebook Page

South Portland Property Tax Assistance Program 
For information on qualifications, click here.

  Download the application for 2019/2020 and follow the instructions below.

  1. Fully complete the application.  Both sides of the application must be completed. Make sure that you sign the application.  Incomplete applications will not be processed.
     
  2. Attach a signed copy of your 2019 Form 1040ME, including Schedule PTFC (Property Tax Fairness Credit).
     
  3. Return the application to:

City of South Portland
Attn:  Vicki Inman
P.O. Box 9422
South Portland, ME 04116


Applications must be received on or before May 1, 2020.

A Look Back...
Article from Maine Startups Insider, October 6, 2017:
Update: South Portland resident and "South Portland Startup" Winner shared with us last month that his startup has received first round funding for "Friday Feedback" -- congratulations and best wishes, Luke Thomas!
Municipal Assessing Revaluation
Requests Your Help!

from the City Assessor's Office

The City is in the process of updating all real estate property values for 2020.

Significant changes have occurred in the real estate market in South Portland (and the region) in recent years. Updating these property values is necessary to ensure equity amongst all properties, as some are being assessed well below market value when compared to others. This is not only a fairness issue but a state law issue, as well.

This effort will lead to new assessments for all properties on April 1, 2020 for the tax year that begins in July 2020.


The City's Assessor presented an update on this process at the February 11 City Council Meeting. 

 

In order to help ensure the proper assessments are made, the Assessor's office is seeking the help of all property owners to check their property information contained within the Assessor's database and correct and errors: 
  • Visit http://gis.vgsi.com/southportlandme/ and then choose "Enter Online Database
     
  • Search for your property by address, owner’s name, or the Assessor’s map and lot number.
     
  • Review the “Building Attributes” in the “Building Information” section, including the sketch shown in the “Building Layout” section. 
If any discrepancies are found, property owners should contact the Assessing office at smnadeau@southportland.org or at 207-767-7604.  Those without internet access can stop by the Assessor’s Building adjacent to City Hall to review the property card information.
The Transfer Facility has a new fee schedule effective November 1, 2019. 



The Transfer Facility will require resident permit stickers starting January 2020.  These stickers are now available at Public Works (Municipal Services Facility, 929 Highland Avenue) and at City Hall (25 Cottage Road).  

To obtain your resident Transfer Facility sticker: 
Please bring both your driver's license and vehicle registration as proof of South Portland residency. Limit 2 stickers per residence. The first sticker is free; the second costs $5.00.

Contractor Stickers:
Contractor's stickers are also available, and cost $150.00 (additional stickers are $20 per vehicle). A contractor's permit authorizes the contractor to dispose of yard debris from a South Portland residence. No other use is permitted. The residence being serviced will also require a permit, and its permit number must be referenced at the time of disposal.

Please click here to view the new fee schedule and review information regarding the new sticker system. 
 
The City's Winter Parking Ban is in effect from December 1 to April 1. During the winter months, public parking lots at Waterman Drive and the Boat Launch at Bug Light Park are available for city residents and their guests to temporarily park during the winter parking ban.   Residents and guests are asked to move their cars as soon as possible from these locations after storms so that the areas may be plowed.

Sec. 23-12. Prohibited placement of snow and ice
Effective December 3, 2019, with the passage of Ordinance #11:
 
No person shall remove, or cause to be removed, any snow or ice from any private property and place, or cause to be placed, the same on any public street or sidewalk. No person shall remove, or cause to be removed, any snow or ice from any private property and place, or cause to be placed, the same on any public or private property located across the street from that person’s lot or parcel of land. A property owner utilizing an agent or contractor for snow and/or ice removal is liable for the actions of the property owner’s agent or contractor.
Are you looking for a volunteer opportunity?
The City is seeking applicants to fill vacancies on several different
City Boards and Committees. 

If interested in serving, fill out an application online or in the City Clerk's office.  Applications are sent to City Councilors who then nominate and appoint members to the committees.  To view all Boards and Committees, click here.
 
Employment Opportunities

Looking for a career?  The City of South Portland is hiring for several positions.  View the current job openings and learn how to apply online here.  

Positions opening soon for seasonal employment! Openings may include positions in Summer Camp; Lifeguards; Parks and Public Works Department Seasonal Groundskeepers; Boat Ramp Attendants; Turf and Event Management; and several possible Internships, such as in Stormwater Management, Sustainability, and Economic Development. Check periodically online at our website www.southportland.org under Human Resources, or request information about opportunities you are seeking to apply@southportland.org . Consider working for our community and spread the word about our open positions!
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For a schedule of all City Meetings, Events, Public Hearings & Current Notices, please visit the City Calendar on the City's website.
The City of South Portland Community Newsletter is published by the City of South Portland.  It is a compilation of the best available information at the time of publication.  Events may be subject to change without notice in the time between publication of this e-newsletter and the actual event.  To send information to be considered for inclusion into this newsletter, send to news@southportland.org.
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