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Maine Water Pollution Control Facilities, Question No. 7 (1990)

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The Maine Water Pollution Control Facilities Bond Issue, also known as Question No. 7, was on the November 6, 1990 ballot in Maine as a legislatively-referred bond question, where it was approved.[1] The measure issued $9 million in bonds for the construction of water pollution control facilities. Of these funds, $3.6 million went to a revolving loan fund to provide the state's share of money that communities borrow when modernizing sewage treatment plants. Another $2.4 million was to assist communities in separating storm water from sewage discharges, and $2 million was to be offered in grants to communities constructing sewage treatment facilities. The remaining $1 million was divided equally between assisting small towns in solving small sewage problems without building a treatment plant and to assisting individuals in eliminating all discharges into fragile coastal waters.[2]

Election results

Maine Question No. 7 (1990)
ResultVotesPercentage
Approveda Yes 285,358 57.35%
No212,22242.65%

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]

Do you favor a $9,000,000 bond issue for construction of water pollution control facilities? [3]

Media editorial positions

Support

  • Bangor Daily News said,

Maine's exemplary record of turning rivers such as the Penobscot, the Androscoggin and the Kennebec from cesspools to tourist attractions demonstrates what can be done to improve the quality of life in the state.

Statewide polls put citizens' interest in protecting the environment over financial interests, including creation of new jobs. Question 7 asks voters to put their money where their opinions are. We urge them to do so. [3]

—Bangor Daily News Editorial Staff, [4]

Polls

A poll taken before the election in May found over half of residents supported the measure.[2]

Date of Poll Pollster In favor Opposed Undecided Number polled
May 1990 Capital News Service 53.4% 26.2% 20% 764

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