Maine Water Access and Wildlife Question, Question 3 (2012)

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Water and Sewer Bond Question 1
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Type:legislatively-referred state statute
Referred by:Maine Legislature
Topic:Bond issues
The Maine Community Water and Sewer Bond Question 1 was on the November 6, 2012 ballot in the state of Maine as a legislatively-referred state statute, where it was approved. The measure allowed for a bond for water and sewer projects in the state. The measure was one of two water and sewage bond measures that were proposed for the ballot.[1]

The proposal was sent to the ballot during the week of May 17, 2012 as a part of four bond issues that were placed up for a statewide public vote.


After the general election resulted in three of the four proposed bond measures being approved, including Question 3, Maine Governor Paul LePage stated that he would wait to sell the approximately $64 million in approved bonds until the state economic difficulties subsided.

However, during a speech after being sworn into office on January 7, 2013, newly-elected state treasurer Neria Douglass called for the governor to allow for those bonds to be issued. According to Douglass, "These are measures that the people of Maine voted on."

The governor's spokeswoman, Adrienne Bennett countered Douglass later when interviewed, saying, "What the governor has said all along is we need to wait until it's fiscally prudent to move forward with the bonds. That time isn't right now."[2]

Election results

See also: 2012 ballot measure election results

The following are official election results:

Maine Question 3
Approveda Yes 418,555 57.8%

Results via the Maine Secretary of State's website.[3]

Text of the measure

Ballot language

The following was the ballot language that appeared before voters:[4]

Do you favor a $5,000,000 bond issue to purchase land and conservation easements statewide from willing sellers for public land and water access, conservation, wildlife or fish habitat and outdoor recreation, including hunting and fishing and deer wintering areas, and to preserve working farmland and working waterfronts to be matched by at least $5,000,000 in private and public contributions?[5]



No formal opposition was identified.

Path to the ballot

The Maine Legislature passed the measure during May 2012, sending it to the governor for either approval for the ballot or veto. The measure was reviewed and sent to the ballot.[1]

See also

External links


  1. 1.0 1.1, "Lawmakers pass 5 bond proposals", May 17, 2012
  2. Sea Coast Online, "Maine treasurer wants voter-approved bonds sold", January 8, 2012
  3. Percentages reflect the total of 'yes', 'no' and blank votes. Therefore, these calculations do not add up to 100% since blank votes are not displayed.
  4. Maine Elections division, "November 6, 2012 - Referendum Election", Retrieved September 26, 2012
  5. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.