Records obtained from local tax assessors’ offices suggest that the transition into the 10,000 square foot Blaine House may actually be a downgrade for one candidate.
Eliot Cutler, Maine’s leading independent candidate, would have to downgrade if he emerged victorious in November. His shore front property in Cape Elizabeth features a 12,000 square foot home, a four-door garage, and a private tennis court. Cutler, according to the Cape Elizabeth assessor’s office, will pay more in property taxes this year than he would earn as Governor in 2011. Cutler will pay $72,318 in property taxes this year; the Governor’s salary, conversely, is set at $70,000.
The Blaine House property, however, includes a tennis facility, so Cutler could continue to practice his backhand stroke on his backyard court.
In the case of Elizabeth Mitchell, the Democratic candidate, the move into the Blaine House would also constitute an upgrade. She owns a 1,332 square foot home seven miles away from the Blaine House in Vassalboro.