Maine Surface, Air, Water and Rail Transportation Improvements, Question 1 (1998)

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The Maine Surface, Air, Water and Rail Transportation Improvements Bond Issue, also known as Question 1, was on the June 9, 1998 ballot in Maine as a legislatively-referred bond question, where it was approved.[1] The measure issued $36,985,000 in bonds to match available federal funds for surface, air, water and rail transportation improvements. Specifically, $1 million was allocated for airports, $17.71 million for marine facilities, ferry vessels and terminals, $3.5 million for rail facilities, $325,000 for transit facilities and equipment, $4.7 million for highways and collector road award program and $9.75 million for local road assistance program. The estimated interest on the bonds at 5 percent over 20 years was $19,417,125.[2][3]

The Maine legislature (state capitol pictured above) referred a transportation bonds ballot to voters in 1998. The question was approved with 74.4% of the vote.

Election results

Maine Question 1 (1998)
Approveda Yes 103,099 74.36%

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]


Do you favor a $36,985,000 bond issue for improvements to municipal and state roads, airports, state ferry vessels and terminals, transit facilities and equipment and rail and marine facilities that makes the State eligible for over $60,000,000 in matching federal, local and private funds? [4]

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