A proposed bill in Augusta that might have provided some relief to South Portland residents worried about an impending tax hike due to a citywide revaluation has been voted down in committee.

“An Act To Place a Moratorium on Property Revaluations for Tax Purposes during a State of Emergency,” sponsored by Sen. James Dill, D-Penobscot, would have put a hold on revaluations until after the pandemic had ended. The bill was voted down April 21 by the Taxation Committee.

South Portland residents are facing a potential hike in property values due to a revaluation mandated by state law, which will lead to higher residential tax bills this summer. Rep. Bill Kessler, D-South Portland, supported the bill as a way to “put the brakes” on the revaluation process.