Maine Asbestos and Air Quality Hazards in State Facilities and Public Schools, Question 9 (1989)

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The Maine Asbestos and Air Quality Hazards in State Facilities and Public Schools Bond Issue, also known as Question 9, was on the November 7, 1989 ballot in Maine as a legislatively-referred bond question, where it was approved.[1] The measure issued $12 million in bonds for the detection and removal of asbestos and other health-related indoor air quality hazards in state facilities and public schools, as well as the removal of hazardous chemicals from public schools. The estimated interest on the bonds at 6.5 percent over 10 years was $4.29 million.[2][3]

Background

The first legislatively-referred bond question regarding asbestos removal was approved in 1986. It issued $6 million in bonds to identify and correct asbestos problems in state facilities. Two measures regarding asbestos were on the ballot in 1987. One measure would have issued $8 million in bonds for capital repairs and improvements to state facilities, as well as the removal of asbestos from state facilities, but it was defeated. The other measure succeeded in issuing $6 million in bonds for the detection and removal of asbestos hazards in state facilities and public schools.[1]

Election results

Maine Question 9 (1989)
ResultVotesPercentage
Approveda Yes 134,345 57.48%
No99,39442.52%

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:[3]

Do you favor a $12,000,000 bond issue for detection a removal of asbestos and other health-related indoor air quality hazards in state facilities and public schools and removal of hazardous chemicals from public schools? [4]

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