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Maine Agricultural and Economic Development, Referendum Question No. 1 (1981)

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The Maine Agricultural and Economic Development Bond Issue, also known as Referendum Question No. 1, was on the November 3, 1981 ballot in Maine as a legislatively-referred bond question, where it was approved.[1] The measure issued $33.3 million in bonds for agricultural and economic development, including airport improvements, port facilities which may be made available by sale or lease for use by public or private users, feed grain terminal facilities and potato storage and centralized packing facilities.[2]

Background

This measure combined two separate pieces of legislation that required voter approval. The first was "AN ACT Authorizing a Bond Issue in the Amount of $28,300,000 for the Purposes of Fostering Agricultural and Economic Development in the State of Maine," which would allocate $300,000 for airport improvements statewide, $23 million for the construction of cargo port facilities and $5 million for the Potato Marketing Improvement Fund.[3] The second piece of legislation, "AN ACT to Amend a Bond Issue to Increase the Amount by $5,000,000 and to Provide Authority to Construct, Acquire or Improve Drydocks and Other Ship Construction and Repair Facilities," increased the amount for the construction of cargo port facilities to $28 million, bringing the total bond issue of the amended legislation to $33.3 million.[4]

Election results

Maine Referendum Question No. 1 (1981)
ResultVotesPercentage
Approveda Yes 134,261 57.11%
No100,84042.89%

Election results via: Maine State Law and Legislative Reference Library, Votes on Maine Bond Issues, 1951-

Text of measure

The language appeared on the ballot as:[2]

"Shall a bond issue be ratified in the amount of $33,300,000 for agricultural and economic development, including airport improvements, port facilities which may be made available by sale or lease for use by public or private users, feed grain terminal facilities and potato storage and centralized packing facilities?" [5]

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