Boothbay Harbor’s November ballot articles

Posted:  Wednesday, October 11, 2017 - 8:30am
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On Tuesday, Nov. 7, Boothbay Harbor voters will decide on five local issues and four state issues.

The town ballot will offer voters the opportunity to vote on whether or not to prohibit certain functions of retail marijuana— stores, social clubs, cultivation facilities, product manufacturing facilities, and testing facilities. The articles will appear as follows, with the voting options of “yes” and “no” for each:

Article 2 – To see if the Town will vote to enact an ordinance entitled “Ordinance Prohibiting Retail Marijuana Stores.”

Article 3 – To see if the Town will vote to enact an ordinance entitled “Ordinance Prohibiting Retail Marijuana Social Clubs.”

Article 4 – To see if the Town will vote to enact an ordinance entitled “Ordinance Prohibiting Retail Marijuana Cultivation Facilities.”

Article 5 – To see if the Town will vote to enact an ordinance entitled “Ordinance Prohibiting Retail Marijuana Products Manufacturing Facilities.”

Article 6 – To see if the Town will vote to enact an ordinance entitled “Ordinance Prohibiting Retail Marijuana Testing Facilities.”

The articles’ wording was selected due a state requirement that towns first create prohibition ordinances before moving onto ordinances governing marijuana retail businesses. That is, voting yes on an ordinance means you wish to prohibit that particular function and voting no means you want to see that function survive. Put another way, vote yes if you oppose marijuana business in Boothbay Harbor; vote no if you support marijuana business in Boothbay Harbor.

The four-item state ballot includes two citizen’s initiatives, one bond issue and one state constitutional amendment. The first question asks voters if they would permit a company to open facilities with slot machines and table games in York County. The second question asks if voters wish to expand Medicaid providing healthcare for people under 65 who would qualify at or below 138 percent of the federal poverty level.

The third question asks voters if they support Maine seeking a bond of $105 million for road construction which would include bridges and facilities and equipment for ports, harbors, marine transportation, railroads and aviation.

The fourth and final question asks if voters support amending the Maine Constitution to raise the amount of time to pay off unfunded liabilities from experience loss in the Maine Public Employees Retirement System (PERS) from 10 years to 20 years.

Samples of both ballots are available to view in the town office. Absentee ballots became available Tuesday, Oct. 10 and are due in the town office by 8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 7.