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Maine Hazardous Substances, Tire Stockpiles and Solid Waste Landfills Clean Up, Question 5 (1996)

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The Maine Hazardous Substances, Tire Stockpiles and Solid Waste Landfills Clean Up Bond Issue, also known as Question 5, was on the November 5, 1996 ballot in Maine as a legislatively-referred bond question, where it was approved.[1] The measure issued $16.5 million in bonds for three purposes. First, $2.5 million was for the investigation, abatement and clean up of hazardous substance discharges that were threats to public health. Second, $5 million was for the clean up of tire stockpiles. Third, $9 million was for the closure and clean up of municipal solid waste landfills. These measures sought to protect public health, safety, the environment and drinking water resources. The estimated interest on these bonds at 5.35 percent over 10 years was $4,855,125.[2]

Election results

Maine Question 5 (1996)
ResultVotesPercentage
Approveda Yes 352,924 61.44%
No221,54238.56%

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

Text of measure

Maine 1996 sample ballot for statewide measures

The language appeared on the ballot as:[2]

QUESTION 5: BOND ISSUE

Do you favor a $16,500,000 bond issue for the following purposes: (1) $2,500,000 to investigate, abate and clean up threats to the public health and the environment from hazardous substance discharges; (2) $5,000,000 to protect the public health, safety and the environment by providing funds for the cleanup of tire stockpiles; and (3) $9,000,000 to protect the State's drinking water resources by granting funds to cities and towns for the closure and cleanup of their solid waste landfills?

Total Estimated Debt Service of $21,355,125, of which Principal is $16,500,000, Estimated Interest at 5.35% over 10 years is $4,855,125. [3]

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