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Maine Municipal Debt Limit Increase, Proposed Constitutional Amendment No. 3 (1951)

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The Maine Municipal Debt Limit Increase Referendum, also known as Proposed Constitutional Amendment No. 3, was on the September 10, 1951 ballot in Maine as a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment, where it was defeated.[1][2] The measure would have raised the limit on municipal debt and liability from five percent to seven and a half percent.[3] This repealed and replaced Section 15 of Article IX of the Maine Constitution.[4]


Although this effort to raise the municipal debt limit did not pass, the measure was later approved in 1954.

Election results

Maine Proposed Constitutional Amendment No. 3 (1951)
Defeatedd No26,23254.98%
Yes 21,478 45.02%

Election results via: Maine State Law and Legislative Reference Library, Proposed Constitutional Amendments 1820-

Text of measure

See also: Maine Constitution, Article IX, Section 15

The language appeared on the ballot as:[2]


"Shall the constitution be amended as proposed by a resolution of the legislature to increase from 5% to 7½% the limitation of municipal indebtedness. [5]

Constitutional changes

The full text of the constitutional changes made by this measure can be read here.

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