Municipal Bulletin Board
(from the November 2009 Maine Townsman)

LD 1 INCOME GROWTH FACTOR

The State Planning Office (SPO) has announced the income growth factor to be used in 2010 for calculating the LD 1 spending limit for municipalities and counties. The new income growth factor is 1.78%.

The income growth factor is one of the two figures used to calculate the LD 1 property tax levy limit. The other factor used in the calculation of the LD 1 limit is the property growth factor.

The 1.78% income growth factor applies to calendar year communities preparing 2010 budgets and to fiscal year communities preparing FY 11 budgets (July 1, 2010 to June 30, 2011). If you have any questions about on LD 1, please contact Kate Dufour at 1-800-452-8786 or kdufour@memun.org or Michael Starn, mstarn@memun.org

MMA CLOSED

Maine Municipal Association will be closing at 12 noon for the remainder of the day on Friday, December 11 to allow our employees to attend our Staff Appreciation Holiday Luncheon.

STATE HOLIDAYS

The State of Maine’s 2010 Holiday Observance schedule is as follows:

Holidays Date Observed
New Year’s Day Fri, Jan 1
Martin Luther King Day Mon, Jan.18
Presidents’ Day Mon, Feb 15
Patriot’s Day Mon, Apr 19
Memorial Day Mon, May 31
Independence Day Mon, July 5
Labor Day Mon, Sept 6
Columbus Day Mon, Oct 11
Veterans’ Day Thurs, Nov 11
Thanksgiving Thurs, Nov. 25
Fri, Nov. 26
Christmas Day Fri, Dec 24
NOTE: Holidays that fall on Saturday are observed on the preceding Friday, and holidays that fall on Sunday are observed the following Monday.

ELECTED OFFICIALS WORKSHOP

Maine Municipal Association concludes its 2009 Elected Officials Workshop (EOW) series with offerings at Spectacular Events in Bangor on December 2 and at the Holiday Inn Express in Saco on December 3. The workshop runs from 4:30-8:30 p.m. at both locations.

This workshop is a “must” for newly elected officials and can be a refresher for veteran municipal officials. The workshop covers such topics as the Right-to-Know law, municipal liability, home rule and ordinance authority, and much more. The Right-to-Know portion of the workshop meets the state guidelines for this required training for elected selectmen and councilors.

Registration is $40 (half that for newly-elected officials). For more information, contact MMA’s Training & Affiliate office, 1-800-452-8786.

COMMUNITY BUILDING

A workshop on Community Building & Civic Engagement, cosponsored by the Maine Town & City Management Association and the New Hampshire Municipal Management Association, will be held December 4 in Portsmouth, NH. The workshop will run from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

The workshop will be conducted by Ed Everett, retired city manager of Redwood City, California.

Registration is $40. For more information, contact MMA’s Training & Affiliate office, 1-800-452-8786.

WOOD FUEL CONVERSION

The Maine Forest Service is seeking applications for grants to assist with conversion of at least 15 public buildings to wood or dual fuel heating. The program is open to all Maine public entities or parties with public buildings, including schools, hospitals, state, county, local and tribal governments.  Applications are due January 5, 2010.  For more information, please see the ARRA section of the MMA website, www.memun.org