New editions of the State Legislative Tracker and The Policy Tracker available now!

Maine Water and Sewer Bond Question, Question 5 (2012)

From Ballotpedia
Jump to: navigation, search

Water and Sewer Bond Question
Flag of Maine.png
Click here for the latest news on U.S. ballot measures
Quick stats
Type:legislatively-referred state statute
Referred by:Maine Legislature
Topic:Bond issues
The Maine Water and Sewer Bond Question 2 was on the November 6, 2012 ballot in the state of Maine as a legislatively-referred state statute, where it was approved. The measure would allow for a bond for water and sewer projects in the state. The measure is one of two water and sewage bond measures that are being proposed for the ballot.[1]

The proposal was sent to the ballot during the week of May 17, 2012 as a part of four bond issues that were placed up for a statewide public vote.


After the general election resulted in three of the four proposed bond measures being approved, including Question 5, Maine Governor Paul LePage stated that he would wait to sell the approximately $64 million in approved bonds until the state economic difficulties subsided.

However, during a speech after being sworn into office on January 7, 2013, newly-elected state treasurer Neria Douglass called for the governor to allow for those bonds to be issued. According to Douglass, "These are measures that the people of Maine voted on."

The governor's spokeswoman, Adrienne Bennett countered Douglass later when interviewed, saying, "What the governor has said all along is we need to wait until it's fiscally prudent to move forward with the bonds. That time isn't right now."[2]

Election results

See also: 2012 ballot measure election results

The following are official election results:

Maine Question 5
Approveda Yes 432,813 59.7%

Results via the Maine Secretary of State's website.[3]

Text of the measure

Ballot language

The following was the ballot language that appeared before voters:[4]

Do you favor a $7,925,000 bond issue to be expended over 2 years for revolving loan funds for drinking water systems and for wastewater treatment facilities, which will make the State eligible to secure $39,625,000 in federal grants?[5]



  • The Mid Maine Chamber of Commerce stated opposition to the measure.
  • Maine Governor Paul LePage was against the measure. Adrienne Bennett, spokeswoman for the governor, stated, "Seventy-five million dollars is a big chunk of change for Mainers to pay, and pay, on top of that, the interest that accrues with it. He does not have that credit card mentality. He recognizes that Maine is at its own fiscal cliff and that we need to pay our bills first."[6]

Path to the ballot

The Maine Legislature passed the measure during May 2012, sending it to the governor for either approval for the ballot or veto. The measure was reviewed and sent to the ballot.[1]

See also

External links


  1. 1.0 1.1, "Lawmakers pass 5 bond proposals," May 17, 2012
  2. Sea Coast Online, "Maine treasurer wants voter-approved bonds sold," January 8, 2012
  3. Percentages reflect the total of 'yes', 'no' and blank votes. Therefore, these calculations do not add up to 100% since blank votes are not displayed.
  4. Maine Elections division, "November 6, 2012 - Referendum Election," accessed September 26, 2012
  5. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
  6. MPBN, "Maine Voters to Decide the Fate of Four Bond Measures," October 15, 2012