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Author: Melissa Doane

Maine is Replacing its General Issue Chickadee Plate in 2025 – Here’s How You Can Request to Keep Your Current Chickadee Plate Number in Advance

Beginning May 1, 2025, the Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV) and Agents will no longer issue license plates with the chickadee design. Anyone who currently has plates with the chickadee design will be required to obtain new plates when they renew their registration or obtain a new registration on or after May 1, 2025.

This means municipalities, including Bradley will be issuing a new plate when registrants with a chickadee plate renew their registrations.  For new registrations and renewals in the Passenger Class (PC) class code, registrants can choose:

  • a Pine Tree Plate (existing PC class code) for no additional costs or:

  • a “no tree plate” (new NT class code) for no additional costs or:

Plate Reservations:

Beginning June 3, 2024, registrants who would like to keep their current chickadee plate numbers may reserve their plate number for a $25 one-time fee. This includes people with vanity, low digit, and National Guard (PC class code) plates.

The BMV will be mailing postcards to registrants with active low digit, vanity, and National Guard plates in June, with information on how to reserve their plates. Registrants also may reserve if they simply like their current plate number.

  • Class codes that can be reserved are: Antique Auto (AQ), Combination (CM), Commercial (CO), Farm (FM), Motor Home (MH), Passenger Class (PC), Special Equipment (SE), Commercial Tractor (TT).
    • Non-chickadee plates will not have the option to reserve.
  • Tractor plates (TR) may only be reserved through the manual application process (MV-62).

There are four ways registrants may reserve their plate(s).

  1. Online through the stand-alone reservation portal at maine.gov/online/reservemyplate.
  2. Through a reservation process as part of the Rapid Renewal website.
    1. The closest BMV locations to Bradley is Bangor.
  3. By mailing the Application to Reserve a Plate Number (MV-62) to the Administrative Office.
    1. To view/download the Plate Number Reservation Application, please click here.
      1. All Plate Reservation Applications should be mailed to 29 State House Station, Augusta, ME 04333 with “Attention Registrations”.
More Information
Registrants with questions about reserving plates may contact: platereserve.bmv@maine.gov.
For additional information, please visit the Maine BMV’s FAQ about Plate Reservations by clicking here.

 

Growing Up Bradley

Bradley resident Ann Delaware had gathered stories of “Growing up Bradley”.  Stories from the ’40s and Up.
These stories have been published into a booklet.
The booklets are available to be picked up with a suggested donation of $2.00. 
Thank you to Ann for always finding special ways to celebrate our small but mighty town.

Maine Homeowner Assistance Fund

Maine Homeowners Assistance

“This fund is meant to help low and moderate-income homeowners who may have gotten behind on their bills during the COVID-19 pandemic get caught up,” said MaineHousing Director Daniel Brennan.”

Applications for the program will continue to be processed by a group of local partners, including several community action agencies and housing providers. Proof of homeownership and income eligibility will be required. Access to the program also includes financial counseling with a Housing and Urban Development-certified mortgage counselor. This is at no cost to the applicant.

Expenses covered by the program may include late or past due mortgage or tax payments, overdue utility bills including sewer, water and electricity, and/or heating fuels. The program can also pay overdue homeowner association dues and fees or the lot rent for a mobile home that is owned by the occupants.

For some eligible homeowners, the program will also pay up to three months of future mortgage payments to ensure housing stability.

Program Details and Application

 

 

 

Broadband Speed Test

The State of Maine is collecting data that will be used to determine broadband needs. The Town of Bradley is well served but there could be a chance for it to be better. If you could take a minute to perform this broadband speed test, your information will be captured.
 
https://www.mainebroadbandcoalition.org/

The Property Tax Stabilization Program

Property Tax Stabilization for Senior Citizens, also known as the Property Tax Stabilization Program (the “Program”), is a State program that allows certain senior-citizen residents to stabilize, or freeze, the property taxes on their homestead.  As long as you qualify and file a timely application each year, the tax billed to you for your homestead will be frozen at the amount you were billed in the prior tax year. Eligible residents who move may transfer the fixed tax amount to a new homestead, even if that new homestead is in a different Maine municipality.

Stabilization Application – the filing deadline is December 1, 2022

Stabilization Guidance for Applicants