Diane and Daniel Romano outside their South Portland home on April 29. The Romanos are upset about the ongoing citywide property revaluation, which is expected to increase most residential tax bills 10 to 30 percent. Shawn Patrick Ouellette/Staff Photographer

Diane Romano shocked South Portland residents recently when she told the City Council that she might sell her plasma to cover an impending 10 to 30 percent property tax increase predicted by municipal officials.

Romano and her husband, Dan, live in the desirable Willard Beach area, which is at the center of statewide unrest over ongoing property revaluations and rising tax assessments amid a pandemic-driven homebuying boom.

From Biddeford to Westbrook to Millinocket, “crazy” home prices paid during the last year, often by people moving to Maine from other states, have put market-based tax assessments “out of whack” and undermined the way municipalities raise money…

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