Easing the Municipal Property Tax Burden

Portland’s increasing property tax burden is making it hard for some Portlanders to remain in their homes and drives up the cost of rent.  Planning and clear guidance from the Council ensures that the City makes targeted investments without forcing residents out of the City. As Mayor, Spencer will work with the City Manager and City Council to hold two annual Council planning meetings in January of each year: one to provide clear guidance on budgeting, and one focused on Council priorities.


  • Working with Portland’s State delegation and our partners in Augusta to find ways to ease the municipal property tax burden for all Portlanders.  

  • Ensuring Portland’s success and booming tourism industry benefits the City as a whole with a local option sales tax.  

  • Finding alternative revenue sources to provide property tax relief that will help ensure that the City retains its population and can continue to meet its obligations.