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Maine Jonesport Reach Bridge Bond Issue, Referendum Question (1955)

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The Maine Jonesport Reach Bridge Bond Issue, also known as Referendum Question, was on the September 12, 1955 ballot in Maine as a legislatively-referred bond question, where it was approved.[1] The measure authorized the issuing of up to $1 million in bonds to pay for the construction of a bridge across Jonesport Reach.[2]

Aftermath

On October 12, 1959, a bonded debt of $920,000 remained on the bridge.[3]

Election results

Maine Referendum Question (1955)
ResultVotesPercentage
Approveda Yes 22,204 72.20%
No8,55027.80%

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]

REFERENDUM QUESTION

"Shall a bond issue be ratified in an amount not to exceed $1,000,000 as set forth in 'An Act to Authorize the Construction of a Bridge Across Jonesport Reach' passed by the 97th Legislature?"

STATE OF MAINE
Summary of Bonded Indebtedness as of September 12, 1955
Highway and Bridge Loan . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $26,100,000
Waldo-Hancock Bridge Loan . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 90,000
Kennebec Bridge Loan . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1,110,000
Bangor-Brewer Bridge Loan . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2,450,000
Fore River Bridge Loan . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7,000,000
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∗As of May 31, 1935, there is cash on deposit in the amount of $101,250.28 available for the payment of the Waldo-Hancock Bridge Loan.

Total amount of bonds authorized and unissued. $ None
Total amount of bonds contemplated to be issued if the question submitted above is accepted, not more than . . . $1,000,000

Similar measures

Other measures that have been used to seek funding similar bridge projects include the following:

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