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Maine Environmental Bonds Act, Question 2 (2002)

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Maine Question 2, also known as the Environmental Bonds Act, was on the November 5, 2002 election ballot in Maine. It passed, with 57.2% of voters in favor.

Election results

Question 2
ResultVotesPercentage
Approveda Yes 283,740 57.27%
No211,73642.73%

Text of measure

The language that appeared on the ballot:

Do you favor a $24,100,000 bond issue for the following purposes:

1. The sum of $5,000,000 to construct and upgrade water pollution control facilities, providing the state match for $12,500,000 in federal funds; 2. The sum of $1,000,000 to protect public health, safety and the environment by providing funds to remove overboard discharges; 3. The sum of $7,000,000 to make renovations and enhance wastewater treatment at the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife's fish-rearing facilities; 4. The sum of $1,000,000 to protect public health, safety and the environment by providing funds to remove and replace failing septic systems; 5. The sum of $1,000,000 to clean up uncontrolled hazardous substance sites; 6. The sum of $500,000 to remediate solid waste landfills; 7. The sum of $500,000 to clean up tire stockpiles; 8. The sum of $500,000 to provide funds for the Dam Repair and Reconstruction Fund and the renovation of and capital repairs and improvements to locks under the control of the Bureau of Parks and Lands; 9. The sum of $1,800,000 to support drinking water system improvements that address public health threats, providing the state match for $6,000,000 in federal funds; 10. The sum of $2,300,000 to acquire the technology and services required to establish an Internet-based Maine public library of geographic data, to improve citizens' access to public geographic data, to make grants to municipalities for voluntary automation of parcel and zoning maps to uniform standards, to provide the state match for at least $1,600,000 in federal funds and to participate in intergovernmental data development agreements; 11. The sum of $1,500,000 to support household hazardous waste collection and public recycling; 12. The sum of $1,000,000 to construct new or retrofit existing pollution control structures on Maine farms to protect the environment; 13. The sum of $500,000 to construct environmentally sound water sources that help avoid drought damage to crops; and 14. The sum of $500,000 to recapitalize the Potato Marketing Improvement Fund?

INTENT AND CONTENT

This Act would authorize the State to issue bonds in an amount not to exceed $24,100,000 to raise funds for a variety of purposes, as indicated in paragraphs #1 - 14 of the ballot question. Proceeds of the sale of the bonds in the amount of $9,000,000 (referenced in paragraphs 1 - 2 and 4 - 7 of the question) would be expended by the Department of Environmental Protection as follows: $5,000,000 in loans to construct and upgrade water pollution control facilities, providing the state match for up to $12,500,000 in available federal funds; $1,000,000 in grants to municipalities, homeowners and businesses to remove overboard wastewater discharges; $1,000,000 in grants to municipalities to remove and replace failing septic systems through the Small Communities Grant Program; $1,000,000 to clean up uncontrolled hazardous substance sites; $500,000 to remediate solid waste landfills and another $500,000 to clean up tire stockpiles.

Proceeds of the sale of the bonds in the amount of $7,000,000 (referenced in paragraph 3 of the question) would be expended by the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife to renovate and enhance wastewater treatment at the Department's fish-rearing facilities, beginning with the Embden Fish Rearing facility, as the first phase of the Department's plan to increase production in its fish culture facilities.

Proceeds of the sale of the bonds in the amount of $500,000 (referenced in paragraph 8 of the question) would be placed in the Dam Repair and Reconstruction Fund, administered by the Department of Defense, Veterans and Emergency Management in accordance with Title 37-B M.R.S.A. section 1130. A portion of those funds (at least $125,000) must be used to renovate and repair locks under the control of the Bureau of Parks and Lands, including the Songo Locks between Long Lake and Sebago Lake.

Proceeds of the sale of the bonds in the amount of $1,800,000 (referenced in paragraph 9 of the question) would be expended by the Department of Human Services in grants and loans, through the Safe Drinking Water Revolving Loan Fund, for improvements to public drinking water systems, thereby qualifying for up to $6,000,000 in federal matching funds.

Proceeds of the sale of the bonds in the amount of $2,300,000 (referenced in paragraph 10 of the question) would be expended by the Department of Administrative and Financial Services to improve citizens' access to public geographic information, create a user friendly Internet-based public Geo-library, make grants to municipalities for voluntary updating of parcel and zoning maps to meet uniform standards and provide required matching funds for federal and private grants.

Proceeds of the sale of the bonds in the amount of $1,500,000 (referenced in paragraph 11 of the question), would be expended by the State Planning Office to make available to communities funds for purchasing processing and moving equipment for the preparation of recyclable materials, construction and expansion of recycling centers and storage facilities, and development of related services and facilities to support the State's recycling program; and for construction of facilities for the safe handling, storage and collection of household hazardous materials.

Finally, proceeds from the sale of the bonds in the amount of $2,000,000 (referenced in paragraphs 12-14 of the question) would be expended by the Department of Agriculture as follows: $1,000,000 to construct or retrofit pollution control facilities such as manure storage and handling facilities on Maine farms, to be matched with federal and private funds; $500,000 to construct environmentally sound water supplies for crop irrigation; and $500,000 to recapitalize the Potato Marketing Improvement Fund in order to provide a match for private funds used to construct potato storage facilities. 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.

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