Maine Drinking Water and Wastewater Treatment Facilities, Question 3 (2008)
The Maine Drinking Water and Wastewater Treatment Facilities Bond Issue, also known as Question 3, was on the November 4, 2008 ballot in Maine as a legislatively-referred bond question, where it was approved. The measure issued $3.4 million in bonds for drinking water and wastewater treatment programs.
|Maine Question 3 (2008)|
Text of measure
The language appeared on the ballot as:
The following description of the intent and content of this ballot measure was provided in the Maine Citizen's Guide to the Referendum Election:
This Act would authorize the State to issue bonds in an amount not to exceed $3,400,000 to raise funds for drinking water and wastewater treatment programs, as described below. The bonds would run for a period not longer than 10 years from the date of issue and would be backed by the full faith and credit of the State.
Proceeds of the sale of these bonds in the amount of $1,700,000 would go into an existing state revolving loan fund administered by the Maine Bond Bank and distributed by the Department of Environmental Protection in the form of loans to municipalities to construct and upgrade wastewater treatment facilities. These funds would be matched by approximately $8,500,000 in federal funds (a 5:1 ratio of federal to state funds).
The remaining bond proceeds of $1,700,000 would go into the state’s safe drinking water revolving loan fund, administered by the Maine Bond Bank and the Department of Health and Human Services. Loans from this fund may be issued to eligible public water systems to design, construct or improve drinking water supplies or treatment and distribution systems, or for any actions authorized or required under the federal Safe Drinking Water Act of 1996. These funds would be matched by approximately $8,500,000 in federal funds (a 5:1 ratio of federal to state funds).
If approved, the bond authorization would take effect 30 days after the Governor’s proclamation of the vote.
A “YES” vote approves authorization of a $3,400,000 bond issue to finance the above activities.
A “NO” vote disapproves the bond issue in its entirety. 
The following debt service explanation was provided in the Maine Citizen's Guide to the Referendum Election:
Total estimated life time cost is $4,241,500 representing $3,400,000 in principal and $841,500 in interest (assuming interest at 4.5% over 10 years). 
The following fiscal impact statement was provided in the Maine Citizen's Guide to the Referendum Election:
This bond issue has no significant fiscal impact other than the debt service costs identified above. 
—Office of Fiscal and Program Review, 
David Lemoine, Treasurer of State, issued a report to voters on the status of all bond issues currently outstanding as debt to the taxpayers. He stated that the Bond Issue under Question 3 would add $4,241,500 to the existing debt, representing $3,400,000 in principal and $841,500 in interest.
Current Bond Debt of the State of Maine
Bonds Outstanding (Issued and Maturing through 2018):
- Highway Fund: Principal $ 96,540,000, Interest $19,772,116, Total $116,312,116
- General Fund: Principal $356,755,000, Interest $54,234,182, Total $410,989,182
- Total: Principal $453,295,000, Interest $74,006,298, Total $527,301,298
- Unissued Bonds Authorized by Voters: $221,502,000
- Unissued Bonds Authorized by the Constitution and Laws: $ 99,000,000
- Total Unissued Bonds: $320,502,000
- Less Bond Anticipation Notes Issued this Fiscal Year: $(59,043,000)
- Total Available from Authorized but Unissued: $261,459,000
- Total Amount that must be paid in the present fiscal year for Debt already Outstanding (for FY2009): $98,217,346.78
- Senator Philip Bartlett, D-Cumberland
- Representative David Miramant, D-Camden
- Maine Waste Water Control Association (MWWCA)
- Maine Water Utilities Association
- Governor John Baldacci
Notable arguments made in support of the measure included:
- The $40.5 million the state has spent since 1988 from the clean water and drinking water revolving funds have leveraged $201 million in federal funds
Path to the ballot
This measure originated in Chapter 673 of the 123rd Legislature's Second Regular Session.
- Maine 2008 ballot measures
- 2008 ballot measures
- List of Maine ballot measures
- History of Initiative & Referendum in Maine
- Maine Citizen's Guide to the Referendum Election, Tuesday, November 4, 2008 from Maine Secretary of State
- Referendum Election Tabulations, November 4, 2008 from Maine Secretary of State
- Maine Secretary of State, Division of Elections, "Maine Citizen's Guide to the Referendum Election, Tuesday, November 8, 2008," accessed May 9, 2014
- Maine Secretary of State, Elections Division, "Referendum Election Tabulations, November 4, 2008," accessed May 9, 2014
- Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
- Bangor Daily News "Water question on Maine ballot," October 20, 2008
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