Maine Water Pollution Control Facilities, Tire Stockpiles and Drinking Water Supply, Question 2 (1997)

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The Maine Water Pollution Control Facilities, Tire Stockpiles and Drinking Water Supply Bond Issue, also known as Question 2, was on the November 4, 1997 ballot in Maine as a legislatively-referred bond question, where it was approved.[1] The measure issued $7 million in bonds to construct water pollution control facilities, clean up tire stockpiles and to make drinking water improvements. Specifically, $4.5 million was allocated to construct water pollution control facilities, $2 million to clean up tire stockpiles and $0.5 million to address environmental and health deficiencies in the drinking water supply. These bonds provided the matching funds for $15 million in federal funding available for the projects.[2]

Election results

Maine Question 2 (1997)
ResultVotesPercentage
Approveda Yes 236,170 68.72%
No107,52331.28%

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]

Question 2: Bond Issue

Do you favor a $7,000,000 bond issue, which will match $15,000,000 in federal funds, to construct water pollution control facilities, to clean up tire stockpiles and to make drinking water improvements? [3]

Intent and content

The following description of the intent and content of this measure was provided in the Citizen's Guide to the referendum election:

This Act would authorize the State to make two issues of bonds in an amount not to exceed $13,000,000 to raise funds to construct water pollution control facilities, to close and clean up municipal solid waste landfills, to clean up tire stockpiles, to mitigate storm water pollution through a comprehensive watershed protection program, and to make drinking water improvements. The bonds run for a period of not longer than 5 years and would be backed by the full faith and credit of the State.

The first bond issue, in an amount not to exceed $7,000,000, will be voted on at the November 4, 1997, Election. Proceeds of the sale of the first bond issue would be expended as follows: $4,500,000 under the direction of the Department of Environmental Protection for the construction of water pollution control facilities and to provide the state match for $12,500,000 in federal funds; $2,000,000 under the direction of the Department of Environmental Protection to clean up tire stockpiles, and $500,000 under the direction of the Department of Human Services to address environmental health deficiencies in drinking water supplies and to provide the state match for $2,500,000 in federal funds.

The second bond issue, in an amount not to exceed $6,000,000, will be sent to the voters at the June 9, 1998, Primary Election.

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 to the bond issue is published together with this statement.

A "YES" vote approves the authorization of the first bond issue for $7,000,000 for the construction of water pollution control facilities, to clean up tire stockpiles and to make drinking water improvements.

A "NO" vote disapproves the first bond issue.

Total estimated life time cost is $7,924,000.00 representing $7,000,000.00 in principal and $924,000.00 in interest (assuming interest at 4.40% over 5 years). [3]

—Maine Secretary of State, [2]

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