Maine tax reform repeal vote set

Posted Nov. 09, 2009, at 2:39 p.m.

AUGUSTA, Maine — Maine election officials are giving the go-ahead for a June referendum on a tax reform law enacted by the Legislature last spring.

Secretary of State Matt Dunlap said Monday that those pushing for a people’s veto vote submitted 56,107 valid voters’ signatures, 1,202 more than the minimum needed to force the vote.

A group called Still Fed Up With taxes wants voters to repeal a tax overhaul that creates a flat income tax of 6.5 percent, broadens the sales tax to apply to a number of currently untaxed services, and raises the food and lodging tax.

Dunlap said his action continues a stay on the implementation of the law. The referendum will be held June 8, 2010.