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Governor's Budget Targets Nonprofits

Governor LePage’s proposed 2016/2017 biennial budget includes provisions that will negatively impact the work of Maine’s land trusts and the state’s broader nonprofit community.

Your Input Needed on Land Trust Standards & Practices

The Land Trust Alliance is currently leading a collaborative process to revise Land Trust Standards and Practices to reflect changes in the legal and operational environment of the land trust community over the past 10 years.

Maine Court Ruling Clarifies that Land Trusts are Eligible for Property Tax Exemption

We are very pleased to share with you the news that the Maine Supreme Judicial Court ruled yesterday that land conservation is a charitable purpose under the Maine Property Tax Exemption statute. The ruling settles a dispute between the Town of Limington and Francis Small Heritage Trust (FSHT) regarding the property tax exempt eligibility of FSHT’s preserves.

A Primer on Property Tax Procedural Choices

Ever since Maine land trusts first incorporated a few decades ago, the question of property tax exemption for their fee lands has remained unresolved. Although most municipalities routinely grant exemption, a few have resisted, and the lack of crystal clear statutory or case law has given towns justification for such resistance. It's possible that we will have clear case law on the matter soon, if the Town of Limington appeals the Superior Court's decision in favor of exemption in its case against Francis Small Heritage Trust.

Judge Rules in Favor of Land Trust in Property Tax Exemption Case

Francis Small Heritage Trust (FSHT) has won their bid for property tax exemption in the Superior Court in York County. Judge Paul A. Fritzsche held that land trusts, like Francis Small Heritage Trust, are eligible for property tax exemption under state law.

Changes to Maine Tree Growth and Open Space Tax Laws

Last Spring, the Maine Legislature enacted significant changes to the Tree Growth and Open Space property tax programs when it passed 2012 Public Law Chapter 618 (L.D. 1138). The bill took effect on August 1, 2012, and has certain provisions that might affect land trusts, as well as landowners whose property is subject to a conservation easement.

Governor LePage Withholding Land Conservation Funding

For the second time in three years, Governor Paul LePage is holding up voter-approved bond funds from the State’s Land for Maine’s Future (LMF) Program.

Dr. Owen Grumbling Recognized with Espy Land Heritage Award

Maine Coast Heritage Trust (MCHT) has named Dr. Owen Grumbling as recipient of the 2015 Espy Land Heritage Award. Each year MCHT presents the award to an individual, organization, or coalition for exemplary conservation efforts in Maine.

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