May 23, 2018
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Mainers approve all 4 bonds on ballot

The Associated Press

PORTLAND, Maine — Maine voters approved all four bonds placed before them that were part of an overall $108 million package.

Three bonds passed by comfortable margins on Tuesday: They included $26.5 million for an offshore wind energy demonstration site, related manufacturing and campus energy conservation; nearly $48 million for highways, railroads and marine facilities; and about $10 million for clean water projects.

The fourth bond package remained in limbo until Wednesday afternoon. It authorizes nearly $24 million for efforts to stimulate job creation and the economy, includes money to preserve historically significant properties and $8 million for redevelopment at the Brunswick Naval Air Station.

The Brunswick Naval Air Station bond will assist in the redevelopment of the base by installing electric meters, making the properties handicapped-accessible, demolishing a few buildings and removing barbed-wire fencing. A big portion, $4.75 million, would help create a Southern Maine Community College satellite campus.

“It’s not a big amount, but it’s going to give us a boost,” said Steve Levesque, executive director of the Midcoast Regional Development Authority.

As a military facility, Brunswick Naval Air Station didn’t have to comply with the Americans With Disabilities Act, and there are no electric meters on base because there was no need for them.

If the bonds were rejected, the redevelopment would continue, but each building would be upgraded one at a time, Levesque said.

The last patrol planes left the base in November. The base is slated to close next May.

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