Town of Raymond, Maine

401 Webbs Mills Road, Raymond, Maine 04071 - Tel: 207-655-4742 Fax: 207-655-3024

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On November 3rd the voters of Raymond are being asked to vote on the following question:

 

Do you favor the withdrawal of the Town of Raymond from the regional school unit RSU 14 subject to the terms and conditions of the withdrawal agreement dated July 24, 2020?

 

Click HERE to view the Withdrawal Agreement.

 

Click HERE for Zoom Instructions for the October 20, 2020 Public Hearing at 6:30pm.

 

Absentee ballots are available now.  You can to request to have ballots mailed to you by online, call 207-655-4742 x124, or you can come to the Town Office and either vote in-person or request a ballot to take home with you.

 

To return your absentee ballots there is a drop-box in front of the Town Office or you can mail it to 401 Webbs Mills Rd, Raymond  ME  04071.

 

Tax Bills have gone out and are due October 31, 2020. 

There are several ways to pay your bill without having to come to the Town Office and wait in line. 

 

To Pay Online Go HERE.      Tax bills can be viewed HERE. 

 

Send a check to 401 Webbs Mills Rd, Raymond Maine 04071

 

You can also put payment into the drop box located by the front door (it says Tax Payments on the flap). 

 

As always, if you would like a receipt, please let us know and we will mail one to you. 

 

Due to concerns for citizen safety and health in conjunction with the guidelines set forth by the CDC regarding Halloween, the Town of Raymond and Cumberland Country Sheriff’s Office do not recommend that Raymond citizens participate in traditional trick or treating in the Main St area, where traditionally over a thousand children and adults gather in a short window of time.  We encourage everyone to stay safe and vigilant this Halloween by participating in other lower risk activities outlined below. 

 

Moderate risk activities:

  • Participating in one-way trick-or-treating where individually wrapped goodie bags are lined up for families to grab and go while continuing to social distance (such as at the end of a driveway or at the edge of a yard) Remember to wash hands before and after preparing bags!
  • Having a small group, outdoor, open-air costume parade where social distancing is easy.
  • Attending a costume party held outdoors with mask wearing and social distancing.

Tips to keep in mind: A costume mask (such as for Halloween) is not a substitute for a cloth mask. A costume mask should not be used unless it is made of two or more layers of breathable fabric that covers the mouth and nose and does not leave gaps around the face. Also do not wear a costume mask over a protective cloth mask because it can make it hard to breathe. Instead, consider using a Halloween-themed cloth mask.

Lower risk activities

  • Carving or decorating pumpkins with members of your household and displaying them
  • Carving or decorating pumpkins outside, at a safe distance, with neighbors or friends
  • Decorating your house, apartment, or living space
  • Doing a Halloween themed outdoor scavenger hunt
  • Having a virtual Halloween costume contest
  • Having a Halloween movie night with people you live with
  • Having a scavenger hunt-style trick-or-treat search with your household members in or around your home rather than going house to house

You may notice a difference in your exemptions amounts this year. This is due to MRSA Title 36: In determining the local assessed value of the exemption, the assessor shall multiply the amount of the exemption by the ratio of current just value upon which the assessment is based as furnished in the assessor's annual return to the State Tax Assessor.  

For the 2020-2021 assessment, the Town of Raymond certified the maximum ratio available of 97% to the State of Maine.  Therefore, all exemptions noted below have been adjusted by 3% to comply with State Law. The adjusted amounts are as follows:

Homestead: $24,250

Veterans: $5,820

Blind: $3,880

Parsonage: $19,400

 

If you have any questions regarding these changes, please contact Kaela Gonzalez at kaela.gonzalez@raymondmaine.org or call 207-655-4742 x133. 

 

 

Spectrum Northeast, LLC, locally known as Spectrum, will be making changes to the channel lineup for customers in the Cumberland channel lineup. On or around July 29, 2020, Public Access channels 1301 will be dual illuminated on channel 2, channel 1302 will be dual illuminated on channel 3 and Community Access channel 1303 will be dual illuminated on channel 5.

 

Additionally, on or around July 29, 2020, WPXT 2 MyTV will be relocated from channel 3 to channel 7.

 

To view a current Spectrum channel lineup visit www.spectrum.com/channels.

From Maine.gov/ConnectMe website:

 

Mission Broadband has offered a quick survey to collect data on some of the impacts of this current COVID-19 is having on all aspects of our broadband network. They put together a survey to try to capture the end users perspective that might help guide efforts to improve broadband across the state.The survey focuses on a few key items during this crisis, the influx of at home usages from families staying at home. It’s designed to highlight the gaps in coverage, inadequate coverage and social-economic factors. 

To take the survey please follow the link here: https://www.maine.gov/connectme/home

 

 

The Town of Raymond staff, along with some dedicated volunteers, will be using  a phone tree list and making phones calls to check in on our families that might need help during this national health emergency due to the Coronavirus or COVID-19.

If you know of some elderly residents or a resident that might benefit from assistance - encourage them to call to get added to the phone tree.

Residents of Raymond who want to be added to the phone tree or need help securing food or medications can call the Town Hall at 655-4742 ext. 124 or Cathy Gosselin, Town of Raymond Health Officer at 756-2374 or cathy.gosselin@raymondmaine.org, or email Covid19@raymondmaine.org. 

 

 

The Town of Raymond has been working with Standish, Windham, and Gray to explore the possibility of bringing broadband internet service to this region.

 

Information relating to these efforts:

 

If you have any feedback or questions please contact:

  • Don Willard, Raymond Town Manager via email or 207-655-4742 x131
  • Thomas Bartell, Windham Economie Development Executive Director via email or 207-892-1936

Become a Foster Grandparent or Senior Companion!

 

The Opportunity Alliance has meaningful volunteer opportunities available for adults 55 and older in Southern Maine. Foster Grandparents are placed in schools and child development centers to support school readiness and academic achievement of children. Senior Companions make independence a reality for isolated elders by visiting clients in their homes and providing transportation assistance for doctor’s appointments and/or grocery shopping.

 

Volunteers who commit to a minimum of 15 hours/week and meet generous income guidelines, receive a tax-free stipend, mileage and meal reimbursement. All volunteers receive ongoing training, recognition, and supervision.

 

We are also accepting referrals for individuals interested in having a Senior Companion provide socialization and local transportation.

 

To learn more about becoming a volunteer or client, please call 207-773-0202 or toll-free at 1-800-698-4959.

 

 

Any residents that are having trouble this time of year with the effects of the extreme cold, whether it be frozen/burst pipes, reduced or no access to heating fuel are encouraged to use 211 Maine as a resource. 211 is a free, confidential information and referral service that connects people of all ages across Maine to local services and is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

 

You can call, text, email or search their website.

 

They are available to discuss options, programs and services that can help with heating and utility assistance. Along with financial assistance, health care, mental health, domestic violence and addiction treatment. 

 

Just a reminder to all citizens to make sure your mailbox and/or house has proper identification so that emergency services can locate your home in the event of an emergency. 

 

The Public Safety Building located at 1443 Roosevelt Trail offers FREE mailbox numbers to those who need them.

 

Remember: They Can't Help You, If They Can't Find You.

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Town Office Hours

Mon - Closed

Tues - 8:30am to 7pm

Wed - 8:30am to 4pm

Thur - 8:30am to 4pm

Fri    - 8:30am to 4pm

Sat   - Closed

Sun  - Closed

 

2020-2021 Tax Rate:
$13.95/$1,000

 

Community & Informational Brochures

Includes important local information including:

  • Firework Safety
  • RTP Bus Route Information
  • Welcome to Raymond Brochure

 

Town Office Directory
Please be aware that the Town Office Extensions have changed. Please view our directory for more information.

 

Video Streaming
You can  now watch a LIVE STREAM of Raymond TV on your computer or mobile device by going here!

You can also view Archived meetings here!

 

Raymond Parcel Maps and Assessing Data in Google Earth!
You can view an overlay of Raymond's property parcel maps in Google Earth with tax assessing data.

 

Raymond Village Library
Come see all that the Library has to offer from Children's Story Times, booksales, wireless internet, access to ebooks and MORE!

 

Volunteer Opportunities
View some of the openings that we have on government boards and learn other ways that you can help your local community!


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