Originally published in Castine Patriot, November 8, 2018 and Island Ad-Vantages, November 8, 2018 and The Weekly Packet, November 8, 2018
Voters reject Question 1, approve $200 million in bonds
by Anne Berleant
Maine voters soundly vetoed Question 1, a citizens’ initiative to fund in-home care for the elderly and disabled by taxing incomes over $128,000 an additional 3.8 percent, by a margin of 63 percent to 37 percent. Local voters mirrored the statewide results, with all peninsula and island towns rejecting the measure by a similar margin.
The four bond measures passed with healthy margins, locally and statewide, with voters approving borrowing $200 million to fund water quality and treatment ($30 million), transportation infrastructure ($106 million), improve facilities of Maine’s public universities ($49 million) and upgrade Maine’s community colleges facilities ($15 million).
Maine Maritime Academy in Castine will receive $1 million from Question 3, the transportation infrastructure bond, for improvements to its waterfront pier. That result received the widest support among voters, locally and statewide, for its funding of improvements that include state roads and bridges.