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2009 Spending/Tax/Bonds Ballot Measures: Reviews and Results

2009 November 14 - Stefan

Results of 2009 Spending/Tax/Bonds Ballot Measures:


Question 4, An Act to Provide Tax Relief, failed on November 3rd, only receiving 39.8% of Yes votes. This bill would have imposed expenditure limitations on state and local government while requiring voter approval of certain state tax increases. For a complete reading of the ballot measure, click here.

Question 6 - Bond Issue passed on November 3rd. This Act authorizes the State to issue bonds in an amount not to exceed $71,250,000 to raise funds for a variety of projects, as described below. The bonds will run for a period not longer than 10 years from the date of issue and will be backed by the full faith and credit of the State. Fifty million dollars ($50,000,000) of the bond proceeds will be placed in the Highway Fund and the remainder would be in the General Fund. A breakdown of how the money will be spent is as follows:

The Department of Transportation will expend $69,750,000 of the bond proceeds for the following types of projects:

  • $55,000,000 for highway and bridge improvement projects statewide

  • $5,750,000 for improvements to the ports at Eastport and Searsport

  • $4,000,000 for improvements to state-owned rail lines and investments in the Industrial Rail Access Program and the Critical Rail Corridors Program

  • $2,000,000 for improvements to publicly owned airports

  • $1,000,000 for ferry facilities

  • $1,000,000 for the LifeFlight Foundation, a non-profit foundation that supports a ...

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