Candidates debate municipal cutbacks in Augusta

Posted Oct. 13, 2010, at 4:38 p.m.

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Four of the five candidates for Maine governor tackled questions related to municipal service cuts in a debate-like forum at the Maine Municipal Association’s annual convention.

The exchange took place Wednesday before about 600 people at the Augusta Civic Center.

Candidates answered questions about state funding cuts that have affected town and city governments in areas such as revenue sharing and K-12 education.

Democrat Libby Mitchell of Vassalboro and independents Eliot Cutler of Cape Elizabeth, Shawn Moody of Gorham and Kevin Scott of Andover participated. Republican Paul LePage of Waterville declined, citing scheduling conflicts.