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Upcoming Workshops

MMA's Managing Freedom of Access Requests sponsored by Maine Municipal Association - 3/24/15

Location: Maine Municipal Association – Augusta Time: Registration: 1:30-2:00 pm | Workshop: 2:00-4:30 pm Cost: MMA Member Munici...
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MMA's Local Planning Boards and Boards of Appeal sponsored by Maine Municipal Association - 3/30/15

Location: General Moore Community Center, Ellsworth Time: Registration: 4:00 pm-4:30 pm | Workshop: 4:30 pm-8:30 pm Cost: MMA Mem...
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MMA's Local Planning Boards and Boards of Appeal sponsored by Maine Municipal Association - 4/21/15

Location: Soule-Shuman Memorial Post - VFW, Waldoboro Time: Registration: 4:00 pm-4:30 pm | Workshop: 4:30 pm-8:30 pm Cost: MMA M...
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MMA's Labor and Employment Law - Managing Municipal Personnel sponsored by Maine Municipal Association - 4/29/15

Location: Maine Municipal Association – Augusta Cost: MMA Member Municipality/Patron: $75.00 | Non-Member Municipality: $150.00 I...
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MMA's Elected Officials Workshop sponsored by Maine Municipal Association - 4/30/15

Location: Ramada Inn, Lewiston Time: Registration – 4:00-4:30 pm / Program – 4:30-8:30 pm Cost: Members: MMA Member Municipality/...
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MMA's Local Planning Boards and Boards of Appeal sponsored by Maine Municipal Association - 5/5/15

Location: Bridgton Town Office – Bridgton Time: Registration: 4:00 pm-4:30 pm | Workshop: 4:30 pm-8:30 pm Cost: MMA Member Munici...
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Recent Announcements

03/04/2015 - MMA’s 2015 Federal Issues Paper

Federal issues affect Maine towns and cities, too. With that in mind, Maine Municipal Association has prepared a 16-page publication – the 2015 Federal Issues Paper – that explores issues such as FEMA emergency weather designations, immigration/General Assistance and school nutrition rules. This year, the articles were written by municipal officials, adding an authentic touch.

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02/20/2015 - Municipal Officials Turn Out for Statehouse Hearings

This week, the Legislative Appropriations and Taxation Committees held hearings on parts of Gov. LePage’s proposed budget that have serious ramifications for towns and cities. Foremost among them, yet again, is a proposal to reduce and then eliminate Municipal Revenue Sharing, which was established by law 43 years ago. Under that law, the state shares 5 percent of its sales and income tax collections in recognition of all the mandated work that municipalities do for the state, and to help keep property taxes down. The law has been abused for years; the state honors only 40 percent of its $158 million a year commitment. Municipal officials from across the state had a lot to say about the Governor’s proposal.

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02/13/2015 - Presque Isle Letter Warns of Homestead Elimination

The City of Presque Isle is mailing letters to all property owners telling them that, if they are under the age of 65, the Governor’s proposed budget would eliminate their Homestead Exemptions, thus result in automatic increases in property taxes – increases triggered by the state, not the city or the local school system. The letter also encourages recipients to contact their state legislators if they oppose this change.

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02/10/2015 - Clear Those Rooftops, Safely

Municipalities shouldn't forget their own rooftops these days, just as homeowners and businesses are scrambling to clear their roofs of several feet of snow that could become wet in the coming days and weeks. However, clearing roofs needs to be done safely, above all else. OSHA has prepared an excellent guide on how to do so.

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02/09/2015 - Stream-Smart Workshops

We all know how important properly placed culverts are, both for motorists and wildlife. The Maine Audubon Society begins a series of “Stream-Smart Workshops,” primarily designed for elected officials, managers and Public Works employees, on Feb. 26 in Lewiston. Four workshops will be held around the state, concluding with one on April 1 in Augusta.

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02/04/2015 - MMA: Governor's Budget Presents Tax Reform Opportunity

On Tuesday, the Bangor Daily News published an op-ed column from the Maine Municipal Association that said Gov. Paul LePage's proposed state budget, while flawed, offers the Legislature an historic opportunity to fix Maine's antiquated tax code. Some of the ideas the Governor is proposing have been suggested by MMA for years.

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01/23/2015 - 2016 Municipal Revenue Sharing Figures

Maine Municipal Association’s State & Federal Relations staff has compiled numbers showing how much towns and cities should receive in FY 2016 from the Municipal Revenue Sharing Program, and how much they are now projected to receive, depending upon what happens to the proposed state budget. The figures are beyond disappointing: Statewide, $158 million is due municipalities, by law; the Governor proposes to allocate $62.5 million, and end the program after that (FY 2017).

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01/23/2015 - Senate President Wants Mandate Information

State Senate President Michael Thibodeau is aware there are too many unfunded state mandates placed on municipalities – and he wants to know more about them. Maine Municipal Association strongly encourages members to contact Sen. Thibodeau’s office (for directions on doing so, see the link below) with a list of mandates facing your town or city, and the effects of those mandates.

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01/15/2015 - New Publication: Municipal Partnerships With State Government

Maine Municipal Association this week mailed to members and to legislators a report that details 20 programs that towns and cities operate on behalf of state government. They range from animal control to local General Assistance to conducting elections and enforcing state zoning and planning laws. The upshot: This is why the Municipal Revenue Sharing Act was passed in 1972, and why it should be fully funded. Municipal revenue sharing provides meaningful financial recognition for important work that’s done at the municipal level.

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01/09/2015 - NLC Congressional City Conference

The National League of Cities will hold its annual Congressional City Conference on March 7-11 in Washington, D.C. This is your chance to interact with and hear from federal officials whose decisions affect your communities and talk to Maine’s Congressional delegation. Maine Municipal Association sends a contingent to this event, and to meet with the delegation, every year.

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