Frequently Asked Questions

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Tax Collector & Town Clerk
Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri 9:00 AM 4:00 PM
Wed 12:00 PM 7:00 PM
Code Enforcement Officer
Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri 9:00 AM 4:00 PM
Wed 1:00 AM 8:00 PM
Treasurer
Mon – Thurs 7:00 AM 3:00 PM
Select Board Clerk
Mon – Fri 9:00 AM 4:00 PM
Tax Assessor
Mon, Tues, Fri 9:00 AM 4:00 PM
Wed 12:00 PM 7:00 PM
Thurs – Dayton Town Office
Planning Board Clerk
Wed, Thurs 9:00 AM 11:00 AM
Electrical Inspector
Wed (or by appointment) 6:00 PM 8:00 PM

Town Hall employees typically take lunch from 12:30 pm to 1:00 pm.

Transfer Station Open Close
Tues 8:00 AM 12:00 PM
Thurs 11:00 AM 7:00 PM
Sat 8:00 AM 4:00 PM
Sun 8:00 AM 4:00 PM

Yes. Like most Maine towns, Lyman requires property owners to obtain a building permit for a shed. This helps ensure conformance to set-back and structure requirements.

No, bur you must verify that the fence is strictly on your own property. When checking you property lines, it is important to have a current deed or survey. You should also leave enough space to maintain the fence side which faces your neighbor, as being considerate and staying on your own property for upkeep helps to keep neighbors “neighborly”!

1. Each year, the Municipal Budget is established at Town Meeting in June. Lyman’s share of County spending and Education Spending to support RSU 57 are added to Town spending to get total spending.
2. State revenue sharing, Town revenues gained from excise fees, etc, and any earmarked Town surplus funds are subtracted from the total spending to get the net needed to be raised by property tax.
3. The Assessor documents the total taxable value for the Town’s Real Estate and Business Personal Property. He or she then adds the value which the State reimburses the Town for Homestead and BETE Exemptions to this total taxable value to get the total usable value.
4. The net needed to be raised by property tax is divided by the total usable value to get the minimum allowable tax rate. The Assessor may go over this minimum rate by up to 5% to ensure the Town collects enough tax to cover unforeseen errors in valuation or budgeting mistakes. The money collected under the extra percentage is the overlay; typically, it is prudent to set the overlay around 2.5%, right in the middle.

Your property assessment is meant to represent a value which is fair in proportion to the assessments of other properties in Town. While we aim to have our assessments represent true value, chasing market fluctuations can result in loss of equitable proportionality. Therefore, Assessed Values are based on market conditions bench-marked to their state at the time of the last revaluation, which was completed in 2007. Remember that an assessment is not an appraisal –  appraisals are individualized, current-moment opinions for a specific purpose (refinancing, estate planning, etc), while tax assessments are calculated via mass-appraisal methods.
A mortgage appraisal is made exclusively for a lending institution’s risk assessment purposes. In a normal market, it is not unusual to see mortgage appraisals anywhere from 10% to 20% less than assessed value, so a low mortgage appraisal is no cause for alarm. However, it never hurts to meet with the Assessor to look over the appraisal to verify that the information it holds matches up with Town records.