Board of Assessment Review

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February 2021


Notice is hereby given by the Cumberland County Board of Commissioners to fill one (1) vacancy on the Cumberland County Board of Assessment Review (BAR). The BAR By-laws require candidates meet the following requirements: They must be a resident of Cumberland County and must be one of the following – a lawyer that has property experience; a certified assessor; a certified appraiser or a realtor. Candidates must possess knowledge of taxation and property values. The term of this volunteer service will expire December 31, 2023. The BAR Committee meets the first Thursday of a hearing month at 6:30 PM. There is a small stipend for attending meetings and travel expenses will be paid.

Please send you letter of interest and resume to the following:

Jim Gailey

142 Federal Street, Room 100

Portland, ME 04101 

Or email to:

This position is open until filled.


  • 6:30 p.m. on the First Thursday of each month
  • Peter J. Feeney Conference Room, Cumberland County Courthouse
    142 Federal St., Portland, ME 04101


  • Stephen D. Bither, Term expires 12/2023
  • Peter Coyne, Term expires 12/2023
  • Jamie M. Crain, Term expires 12/2023
  • Alex Coupe, Term expires 12/2023
  • David Silk, Term expires 12/2022 
  • Elizabeth McFadden, Term expires 12/2022
  • Vacant

About the Board

The Cumberland County Commissioners appoint a County Board of Assessment Review (BAR) to hear tax abatement appeals for those municipalities in Cumberland County that do not have a local board of assessment review.

Currently, the BAR hears appeals for the towns of:

  • Baldwin
  • Bridgton
  • Casco
  • Chebeague Island
  • Frye Island
  • Harpswell
  • Harrison
  • Naples
  • New Gloucester
  • Pownal
  • Sebago

The 7-member board is comprised of volunteers who serve without compensation.

The BAR is guided by Title 36 M.R.S.A. § 844-M.