Town Office Hours

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday: 8:00am to 4:00 p.m.
Thursday: 8:00am to 6:30 p.m.
and Friday: 8:00am to Noon.
Closed Saturday, Sunday, and all Holidays.

Office Closing

The town office will be closed Monday, January 20th to observe Martin Luther King day.

Selectmen's Meeting

The next regular Selectmen's meeting is scheduled for 6:30pm Thursday January 23rd at the Vassalboro Town Office.

Selectmen’s meetings are held at the Vassalboro Town Office, located at 682 Main Street.

The Selectmen’s meeting agenda is usually posted by 3:00 p.m. on the Tuesday prior to the meeting date. To see the agenda for this meeting, click here.

Contact Information.

Mailing Address:
PO Box 129
North Vassalboro
Maine 04962

Phone: (207)872-2826
Fax: (207)872-5414

Physical Address:
682 Main Street

Town Facts

County: Kennebec
Senate District: 15
House District: 80
Congressional District: 1
Population: 4,335
Area: 48 sq miles
Population density per sq. mile: 90.3

Website updates

To contact the webmaster to report errors or to request additions, contact David Jenney at dgjenney@gmail.com or the Town Manager at msabins@vassalboro.net

Welcome to the Town of Vassalboro, Maine


Town office, early winter 2016. Photo contributed by Cathy Coyne Barn in Snow - Stanley Hill Road. Photo contributed by Bernie Welch Outlet Stream water between dams. Photo contributed by Bernie Welch China Lake taken from Rt. #32 public boat launch parking area.  Photo taken by Mary Sabins. Lombard Dam in Vassalboro, outlet stream.  Photo taken by Mary Sabins.  China Lake photo taken from Route #32 public parking area.  Photo by Mary Sabins    January sunrise on China Lake. Winter 2016.  Photo by Jan Clowes    Winter from the China Lake landing note Jupiter shining brightly.  Photo by Jan Clowes    Winter 2016, Nelson Road, north of Suga Farm. Photo by Jan Clowes    Winter 2016, Sunrise at the China Boat Landing. Photo by Jan Clowes
China lake sunrise, winter of 2016, spring is around the corner. Photo by Jan Clowes    Vassalboro Civil War Monument, March 2016. Photo by Jan Clowes
Is the ice already going away on China Lake? March 2016. Photo by Jan Clowes    China Lake taken in cold December of 2017. Photo by Jan Clowes

About Vassalboro

Vassalboro will be celebrating in 2021 its 250th anniversary since incorporation. First settled in 1760, Vassalboro is today a community committed to a rural quality of life, a sound education system and good old Yankee frugality. State data shows Vassalboro’s tax rate below the average municipal rate in Maine and in Kennebec County. Yet, local roads are in good condition, recreational opportunities abound and educational offerings are superb.

On July 1, 2018, the Town formed a municipal school department following the dissolution of AOS 92. Vassalboro offers school choice for grades 9 -12. Most attend Erskine Academy but students also enroll in Waterville, Winslow and other area high schools. School choice draws families to our Town. The pre-K through 8 program is provided at the Vassalboro Community School (VCS). New school Principal Dr. Megan Allen notes that, “last year’s Maine Educational Assessment scores for English/Language Arts and Math showed VCS exceeding state averages, a testament to the wonderful staff, students and community that the school serves”.

  Another big transition is coming soon when the sewage treatment facilities in Town will be replaced with a $7 million connection to the Kennebec Sanitary Treatment District. This investment combined with existing public water service will open up new business and development opportunities for the Town along Route 32.
The enhancement of our lake resources represents another major and ongoing initiative in Town. Through the China Region Lakes Alliance (CRLA) and the Maine Department of Marine Resources (DMR), Vassalboro figures prominently in efforts to restore alewife runs. Successes at Webber Pond led to the clearing of upstream obstructions to Three Mile Pond and now the focus is on China Lake with several organizations working to remove or modify six dams on the outlet stream to facilitate that alewife run. Water quality is improving, the sport fishery is benefiting, annual alewife harvests are providing new revenues to Town coffers, and lakeshore property values are improving

Vassalboro is home to the Maine Criminal Justice Academy and the Kennebec Water District’s treatment facility that serves five area municipalities. Also in Vassalboro is the 36 hole Natanis Golf Course, Duratherm Window Corporation, major Kennebec Land Trust holdings with trails and the Alonzo Garcelon Wildlife Management Area containing Spectacle Pond.

Vassalboro - a great place to live and work.

What's New in Vassalboro

WONDERING WHAT CAN BE THROWN INTO YOUR HOUSEHOLD GARBAGE BAG FOR DISPOSAL?

For a list of unacceptable waste that cannot be combined with your household trash for delivery to the Fiberight plant in Hampden, please click here


 

NOTICE – TOWN OFFICE CLOSURE

The Vassalboro Town Office will be closed on Friday, January 17th, 2020 for computer system maintenance.

We will reopen for business on Tuesday, January 21st at 8:00 a.m. after the Martin Luther King Holiday


Please click here for Tentative Meeting Dates and Timeline For 2020-21 Budget Preparation.


2020 January Library Programs

Chewonki – Traveling Natural History Program – Owls of Maine. Friday, Jan. 10th at 3pm.
Card Making Class – Wednesday Jan. 13th from 1-3pm.
Mr. Drew and his Animals Too – Saturday. Jan. 25th at 11am.
Marine Mammals of Maine– “A Seals Journey” - Friday, Jan. 31st at 5pm

Please click here to see a list of programs in January 2020 at the Vassalboro Public library.


New Property Tax Relief Fund

An Act to Return Funds to Maine Property Tax Payers

This program, administered by the State Treasurer, was established by P.L. 2019 Chapter 448, as proposed in LD 1713 "An Act To Return Funds to Maine Property Tax Payers." It is separate from previous and existing efforts to provide property tax relief such as revenue sharing, certain property tax exemptions and certain property tax credits. The new program requires the Maine Office of the State Treasurer (OST) to provide tax relief payments of no less than $100 to qualifying homesteads, when the Property Tax Relief Fund reaches a threshold of funding to support the payments. In 2019, this threshold will be met based on available funds divided by the number of homesteads, net of expenses to administer the program. To read the latest update on this State Program please read below

The Office of the State Treasurer would like to thank you for your continuing support of “An Act to Return Funds to Maine Property Tax Payers”. Checks will begin to process January 8th and continue until all 310,000 checks have been issued.

Timing of check payments

Due to the large volume of payments, we will process 20,000 per day for 4 days each week. A full list of payment batches and what municipality will be impacted can be found on the State Treasurer’s website. Additionally, we will update the public daily through social media; our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/MaineOST/.

Property Tax Hotline Set up

In anticipation of constituent inquiries, we have set up an operational “hotline” January through March. That number is 207-624-7477, option 3 and will be live between 8:30 am and 4:00 pm Monday through Friday.

Correcting Errors to Checks

The process for correcting checks will begin at our office. We will record requests from constituents and will send a formatted file to each municipality to confirm the requested changes (please make sure we know who specifically should receive these files). Only after confirmation will we make changes to a check. We will compile requests and limit the number of emails. Constituents who have moved and have the wrong address can be updated by our office by providing the last four digits of their SSN. We will also share these address changes with you so you can also update your records.

Insufficient Data Coming Back to You

We have accumulated approximately 7,000 unusable names in our database. These include names with “Trustee” and no trust, names with an “and” but no second owner and several other errors that make it impossible to create checks. We will send these back to municipalities to correct and will not send a check until required to do so by law. We will be collecting information for these properties at our call center as requests are made (please make sure we know who specifically should receive these files).

Paying for Costs of Providing the List

Finally, the law allows for payments to be made to municipalities for costs related to relief payments pursuant to a mandate under the Constitution of Maine, Article IX, Section 21. By law, we are authorized to reimburse 90% of the costs incurred. We will be sending these payments directly to each municipality. If we have received an invoice from a contracted Tax Assessor, we will send the invoice to the municipality for approval and will send payment to the municipality. We will not be sending payment to a contracted Tax Assessor.


Appeals Board Vacancies

The Vassalboro Board of Selectmen are looking for volunteers who are interested in serving on the Appeals Board. If interested, please email your statement of interest to msabins@vassalboro.net


The only thing missing on this dapper boy is his 2020 Dog Tag!!

A late fee of $25.00 per unlicensed dog will be charged beginning February 1, 2020. Please license your dog now and save some money!!


Residents of Vassalboro Can Now Pay their Property/Real Estate Tax and Utility Payments Online

The Town of Vassalboro is pleased to announce our participation in the Maine PayPort Online service; a convenient way for citizens to pay their personal Property/Real Estate Tax and Utility Payments online 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

The Town of Vassalboro already participates in Maine PayPort OTC, an over the counter solution that allows individuals and organizations to be able to pay for any service, fee, license, or product offered by the municipality, using a Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express credit card. While municipal participation in Maine PayPort is optional, the service has now grown to include over 110 municipalities.

Maine PayPort Online is a service offered by a third party working in partnership with the State of Maine and this municipality. As a part of the service, the designated portion of your payment will be remitted to the municipality on your behalf. The balance funds the operation of this and other Maine.gov online services. Conducting business through Maine PayPort Online is voluntary and the final cost may be higher than using other forms of payment.

Maine PayPort Online service is provided by InforME. InforME has been processing electronic payments for Maine state and local government since 1999. All private customer data is secured according to the most up-to-date and stringent security standards. InforME is CyberTrust certified the industry gold standard for security, and PCI/DSS compliant.

Maine PayPort Online can be accessed through the Vassalboro website by clicking on the icon below:

or at http://www.informe.org/payportonline Citizens who would like more information about the online services that are offered by Vassalboro are encouraged to contact the Town Hall at 207-872-2826.


Website Enhancements

The town tax map and assessment data can now be found on the Assessor’s page, and by clicking HERE.


Quick Service - Bureau of Motor Vehicles

Rapid Renewal Service

Vassalboro Library Hours

.Monday and Friday 12:00pm - 6:00pm
Wednesday and Saturday 10:00am - 4:00pm

Transfer Station Hours

Tuesday 6:30 am to 4:30 pm
Thursday 6:30 am to 4:30 pm
Saturday 6:30 am to 4:30 pm
Sunday 6:30 am to 4:30 pm