Stories about Maine Municipal Association

Portland Mayor Michael Brennan, who said the governor’s rule could cost his city $250,000 in aid per month, has called LePage’s stance “incredibly unfortunate.”

Portland to join municipal association lawsuit challenging LePage on distributing aid to undocumented immigrants

By Seth Koenig on July 08, 2014, at 7:09 p.m.
The city of Portland announced Tuesday evening it will join the Maine Municipal Association lawsuit challenging whether Gov. Paul LePage has the authority to cut off General Assistance aid to undocumented immigrants. Lewiston’s top administrator said earlier Tuesday his city has not taken that step, and Bangor …
Maine Department of Health and Human Services Commissioner Mary Mayhew

Power grab by DHHS oversteps the law, basic integrity

on June 14, 2014, at 7:30 a.m.
If you don’t get your way by following the legal channels, try the illegal channels. That’s the message the Maine Department of Health and Human Services is sending with what is supposedly a new rule to prevent state dollars from funding general assistance for undocumented immigrants. The department says it …
Maine Department of Health and Human Services Commissioner Mary Mayhew

Bangor among Maine communities resisting call to cut General Assistance for undocumented immigrants

By Mario Moretto on June 12, 2014, at 2:16 p.m.
AUGUSTA | The group representing the state’s more than 490 municipalities likely will urge Maine’s cities and towns not to comply with a new directive from the Department of Health and Human Services that would change eligibility requirements for General Assistance. Geoff Herman, director of state and federal relations …
Rhode Island welfare consultant Gary Alexander presents his Medicaid expansion feasibility study to lawmakers on the Health and Human Services Committee, including (from left) Reps. Carol McElwee, R-Caribou, and Ann Dorney, D-Norridgewock, and Sens. James Hamper, R-Oxford, and Colleen Lachowicz, D-Waterville, in January.

Alexander Group revives plan to cap local assistance programs; towns wary of cost shift

By Christopher Cousins on May 17, 2014, at 7:19 a.m.
AUGUSTA | New recommendations floated Thursday by the Alexander Group for changes to Maine’s statewide General Assistance system are causing a sense of deja vu among municipal officials who say the ideas aren’t new and are geared toward the simple goal of ending the state’s financial support of the …
House Speaker Mark Eves, D-North Berwick

Legislature presented with measure to reverse property tax relief program cuts

By Christopher Cousins on Feb. 19, 2014, at 3:49 p.m.
AUGUSTA | Democrats in the Legislature took another step to portray themselves as champions of Maine’s property taxpayers Wednesday with the introduction of a bill by House Speaker Mark Eves that seeks to effectively restore some of the cuts made in recent years under Republican Gov. Paul LePage’s administration. …

Fairfield suspends social media policy after receiving letter from ACLU

By Alex Barber on Sept. 15, 2013, at 6:25 a.m.
The Fairfield Town Council suspended a controversial social media policy a day after it received a letter from the the American Civil Liberties Union of Maine urging that the policy be repealed. “We are definitely happy that they are taking our concern seriously,” Oamshri Amarasingham, ACLU of …
The Farnsworth Art Museum & Library in Rockland is exempt from the property tax but a 2010 study found it generated $12 million in annual economic benefit to the region.

County seats see high percentage of tax-exempt nonprofits, but there are benefits, too

By Stephen Betts on July 01, 2012, at 3:49 p.m.
The issue of whether owners of nonprofit organizations should be taxed or assessed service fees to help reduce that tax burden has been raised repeatedly in the Legislature

Revenues down 6% in Maine communities, survey shows

The Associated Press on Nov. 03, 2011, at 5:40 a.m.
AUGUSTA | A survey of city and town governments across Maine shows their operating revenues are slipping. The Maine Municipal Association says local governments in the state received a 6 percent reduction in operating revenue from all sources last year. That has caused municipalities to cut back on services …
Bangor residents cast their votes early in October 2008.

Maine towns back Yes on 1, same-day voter signup

By Eric Russell on Oct. 11, 2011, at 4:33 p.m.
AUGUSTA | The Maine Municipal Association, which represents the interests of cities and towns across the state, has endorsed a “yes” vote on Question 1 in November. Question 1 reads: Do you want to reject the section of Chapter 399 of the Public Laws of 2011 that requires new …

Municipal officials urged to combat growing cynicism with honesty, transparency

By Eric Russell on Oct. 05, 2011, at 6:55 p.m.
AUGUSTA | Hard as it may be to believe, more than 70 percent of Americans trusted federal government as recently as a half century ago. Today, the number is closer to 20 percent. Trust in state government is slightly higher and trust of municipal officials is higher still, but …

Maine takes a breather from bonds, not so in towns

By Glenn Adams, The Associated Press on Sept. 04, 2011, at 1:03 p.m.
AUGUSTA | Maine state government was in sync with other public entities around the country this year when lawmakers decided to take a breather from issuing bonds. But for the state’s municipalities, the borrowing went on as usual as they saw a bargain in low interest rates. For the …

Former Veazie employee, town reach settlement in wrongful termination claim

By Nick McCrea on July 27, 2011, at 7:36 p.m.
The longtime tax assessor and code enforcement officer who quit last month after the Town Council voted not to reappoint him has reached a tentative monetary settlement with the town, according to attorneys for both sides. “It appears we’ve reached a settlement, and the documents are being …

Are school budget referendum votes a waste of time and money?

By Eric Russell on June 17, 2011, at 3:55 p.m.
BANGOR | The 524 Bangor residents who voted for the 2011-12 school department budget of $41.6 million this week represented by far the lowest voter turnout in recent memory. Bangor has approximately 22,000 registered voters, which means only about 2.4 percent showed up. If it costs about $8,000 for …

Sangerville selectmen tighten board policy, work to improve committee functions

By Diana Bowley on April 13, 2011, at 6:07 p.m.
Before selectmen appointed the town’s budget committee Tuesday for coming budget work, two town officials criticized the actions some of those same committee members have taken in the past. Board Chairman Lance Burgess said he was more than upset at what he called the inappropriate activities of …

Maine Municipal Association celebrates 75 years

By Diana Bowley on Feb. 02, 2011, at 7:23 p.m.
AUGUSTA | Most Maine communities have been speaking as one voice on a variety of issues and problems at the state level for 75 years. When the Great Depression took its toll on Maine communities in 1936, 15 towns, cities and plantations gathered to form the Maine Municipal Association. …