The tiny settlement of Cary Plantation in Aroostook County formed more than 120 years ago from a logging camp. Now residents say rising property taxes have made local control an expensive burden and that the time has come to join the vast Unorganized Territory. It’s a familiar story to many small towns on the edge. But with 218 residents, according to the 2010 Census, Cary might not be small enough.
Lawmakers on the State and Local Government Committee on March 9 rejected a bill that would have allowed residents to dissolve the plantation’s government and deorganize, fearing that a cascade of other towns, desperate for lower taxes, would follow suit. Earlier that day, lawmakers gave the thumbs up to Oxbow Plantation, with 66 residents, to join the Unorganized Territory in Aroostook County.
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