The purpose of this article is to establish a Board of Assessment Review in the Town of Bar Harbor to handle appeals pursuant to 36 M.R.S.A. § 843(1).
The Board of Assessment Review shall consist of five members, all of whom shall be residents of Bar Harbor. Members shall be appointed by the Town Council for terms of three years, except upon initial appointment two members shall be appointed for terms of three years, two members shall be appointed for terms of two years, and one member shall be appointed for a term of one year. All members shall be sworn by the Town Clerk or other person authorized to administer oaths.
When there is a permanent vacancy in the Board of Assessment Review, the Town Council shall, within 60 days of its occurrence, appoint a person to serve the remainder of the unexpired term. A vacancy shall occur upon the resignation or death of any member, when a member ceases to be a resident of the Town of Bar Harbor, or when a member fails to attend at least 75% of all meetings during the preceding 12 months.
Members of the Board of Assessment Review shall not receive compensation for their services.
The Board of Assessment Review shall meet within 10 days of its date of appointment and elect from its membership a Chairman, Vice Chairman and Secretary and shall file with the Town Clerk within five days of said meeting the record thereof, including the names of its officers. The terms of all officers shall be one year with eligibility for re-election.
The Chairman shall preside at all meetings. The Vice Chairman shall preside at meetings in the absence of the Chairman. The Secretary shall keep minutes of all meetings. The Board may fill any vacancies of officers during the year for the remainder of a term. The members present at a meeting may elect a Chairman Pro Tem for said meeting in the absence of the Chairman and Vice Chairman and may elect a Secretary Pro Tem for said meeting in the absence of the Secretary.
Following its organizational meeting, the Board of Assessment Review shall meet on an as-needed basis and always within 30 days after the Town Office receives an appeal pursuant to 36 M.R.S.A. § 843.
No meeting of the Board of Assessment Review shall be held without the presence of a quorum, which shall consist of at least three members. The Board shall act by a majority vote of the members present and voting.
All meetings of the Board shall be conducted in accordance with 30-A M.R.S.A. § 2691(3) and in accordance with Robert's Rules of Order unless the Board shall adopt its own rules which shall supersede Robert's Rules of Order to the extent they are contrary to the same. All meetings shall be electronically or stenographically recorded.
The Board of Assessment Review shall have all of the powers and duties given to it by the Constitution and laws of the State of Maine, by the Charter of the Town of Bar Harbor and by this article.