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August 3, 2018

Here's the order of the four bond questions on November's ballot

Courtesy / Secretary of State's Office
Courtesy / Secretary of State's Office
Maine Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap established by a drawing held Thursday the order of the bond questions for November's ballot.

Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap established by a drawing held Thursday the order of the bond questions for November's ballot.

The Nov. 6 referendum ballot will include one citizen's initiative question and four bond questions. Ballot questions are listed by category, with the placement within each category determined by luck of the draw. Citizens' initiatives are listed before bond issues.

Here's the order set by Thursday's drawing:

Question 1: "Do you want to create the Universal Home Care Program to provide home-based assistance to people with disabilities and senior citizens, regardless of income, funded by a new 3.8% tax on individuals and families with Maine wage and adjusted gross income above the amount subject to Social Security taxes, which is $128,400 in 2018?"

Question 2: "Do you favor a $30 million bond issue to improve water quality, support the planning and construction of wastewater treatment facilities and assist homeowners whose homes are served by substandard or malfunctioning wastewater treatment systems?"

Question 3: "Do you favor a $106 million bond issue, including $101 million for construction, reconstruction and rehabilitation of highways and bridges and for facilities and equipment related to ports, piers, harbors, marine transportation, freight and passenger railroads, aviation, transit and bicycle and pedestrian trails, to be used to match an estimated $137 million in federal and other funds, and $5 million for the upgrade of municipal culverts at stream crossings?"

Question 4: "Do you favor a $49 million bond issue to be matched by at least $49 million in private and public funds to modernize and improve the facilities and infrastructure of Maine's public universities in order to expand workforce development capacity and to attract and retain students to strengthen Maine's economy and future workforce?"

Question 5: "Do you favor a $15 million bond issue to improve educational programs by upgrading facilities at all seven of Maine's community colleges in order to provide Maine people with access to high-skill, low-cost technical and career education?"

A nonpartisan citizens' guide to the election will be posted on the "upcoming elections" page in the fall.

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