Maine Water Pollution, Tire Stockpiles and Solid Waste Landfills Clean Up, Question 5 (2001)

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The Maine Water Pollution, Tire Stockpiles and Solid Waste Landfills Clean Up Bond Issue, also known as Question 5, was on the November 6, 2001 ballot in Maine as a legislatively-referred bond question, where it was approved. The measure issued $17 million in bonds to construct and upgrade water pollution control facilities, to limit water pollution discharges from Maine farms and construct agricultural storage facilities, to remediate municipal solid waste landfills, to clean up tire stockpiles and to make improvements to public drinking water systems. It also provided $1 million dollars for the recapitalizing of the Potato Marketing Improvement Fund.[1][2]

Election results

Maine Question 5 (2001)
ResultVotesPercentage
Approveda Yes 140,584 64.76%
No76,51435.24%

Election results via: Maine Secretary of State, Elections Division: Referendum Election Tabulations, November 6, 2001

Text of measure

The language appeared on the ballot as:[1]

Question 5: Bond Issue

Do you favor a $17,000,000 bond issue to provide:

(1) The sum of $6,000,000 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 the State's drinking water resources by granting funds to cities and towns for the remediation of their solid waste landfills;
(3) The sum of $1,500,000 to protect public health and safety and the environment by providing funds to remove and replace failing septic systems;
(4) The sum of $1,000,000 to protect public health and safety and the environment by providing funds to remove overboard discharges;
(5) The sum of $500,000 to protect the public health and safety and the environment by providing funds for the cleanup of tire stockpiles;
(6) The sum of $3,000,000 to support drinking water system improvements that address public health threats, providing the state match for $15,760,000 in federal funds;
(7) The sum of $300,000 for grants and loans to municipalities for public infrastructure through the Municipal Investment Trust Fund;
(8) The sum of $2,000,000 to construct new or retrofit existing pollution control structures on Maine farms to protect the environment;
(9) The sum of $700,000 to construct environmentally sound water sources that help avoid drought damage to crops; and
(10) The sum of $1,000,000 to recapitalize the Potato Marketing Improvement Fund?

[3]

Summary

The following description of the intent and content of this 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 $17,000,000 to raise funds to construct and upgrade water pollution control facilities, to limit water pollution discharges from Maine farms and construct agricultural storage facilities, to remediate municipal solid waste landfills, to clean up tire stockpiles and to make improvements to public drinking water systems. 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 from the sale of the bonds in the amount of $10,000,000 would be expended by the Department of Environmental Protection as follows: $2,500,000 in loans to construct and upgrade water pollution control facilities, providing the state match for up to $12,500,000 in available federal funds; $3,500,000 in grants to construct water pollution control facilities and subsidize user fees for certain eligible communities; $1,000,000 in grants to municipalities, homeowners and businesses to remove overboard discharges; $1,500,000 in grants to municipalities to remove and replace failing septic systems; $1,000,000 in grants to municipalities to remediate solid waste landfills; and $500,000 for the clean-up of tire stockpiles.

Proceeds from the sale of the bonds in the amount of $3,000,000 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 $15,760,000 in available federal matching funds.

Proceeds from the sale of the bonds in the amount of $3,700,000 would be expended by the Department of Agriculture as follows: $2,000,000 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; $700,000 to construct environmentally sound water supplies for crop irrigation; and $1,000,000 to recapitalize the Potato Marketing Improvement Fund in order to provide a match for private funds used to construct potato storage facilities.

Finally, proceeds from the sale of bonds in the amount of $300,000 would be expended by the Department of Economic and Community Development in grants and loans to municipalities financed through the Municipal Investment Trust Fund, for public infrastructure improvements. Such improvements are defined by statute to include facilities that are essential for public health, safety and welfare such as facilities for sewage treatment, municipal water supply and treatment, solid waste and fire protection, as well as roads, parks, open space or recreational areas, public access to coastal and inland waters, and any other public facility that benefits the public.

If approved, the bond authorization would take effect 30 days after the Governor's proclamation of the vote.

A statement of the Treasurer describing the financial considerations of this bond issue is published together with this statement.

A "YES" vote approves the authorization of a $17,000,000 bond issue to finance the above listed activities.

A "NO" vote disapproves the bond issue. [3]

Maine Secretary of State, [1]

Fiscal note

The total estimated life time cost of the bonds was $21,604,875, with $17,000,000 in principal and $4,604,875 in interest, assuming interest at 4.93% over 10 years.[1]

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