What's New at MMA

Maine Revenue Services – Tax Portal

Friday, March 29, 2024

Maine Revenue Services is seeking assistance in getting the word out on the Maine Tax Portal, which allows taxpayers to file and pay taxes on-line, as well as to check on refunds.  Municipal officials are encouraged to share the attached flyers with community members.  MRS Bulletin Board Flyer MRS Flyer for Community Tax Organizations  

Maine Association of Local Emergency Managers (MALEM) – Scholarship

Thursday, March 28, 2024

MALEM is offering two $500 higher education scholarships to students enrolled in an emergency management related degree program. Students can either be a Maine resident attending an in-state or out-of-state degree program OR an out-of-state student attending a Maine-based degree program.  The application deadline is April 1, 2024.  For more information on this opportunity, please click here. 

UMA & MMA Partner to Provide Municipal Officials and Members Access to Training

Wednesday, March 20, 2024

In December 2023, the Maine Municipal Association (MMA) signed a memorandum of understanding with the University of Maine at Augusta (UMA) expanding education and training opportunities to municipal officials across Maine.  This collaboration provides thousands of municipal officers, officials, employees, volunteers, and affiliate group members from MMA’s 484 member communities access to all UMA course offerings at a 20% discount on tuition and mandatory fees. Brenda McAleer,...

New Opportunity for Municipalities - Governor’s Energy Office

Wednesday, March 20, 2024

The Maine Governor's Energy Office and Maine Department of Economic and Community Development have established the Maine Community Energy Redevelopment Program, which is designed to foster economic development across Maine by unlocking community energy assets to create family-sustaining jobs while reducing carbon emissions, in line with State economic development and energy priorities. The program will provide communities with high-quality technical support, including...

Upcoming: Maine Audubon Stream Smart Workshops

Wednesday, March 20, 2024

Maine Audubon will be holding 3 introductory Stream Smart workshops this spring at the following dates and locations: April 3rd at the Forestry Department at UMaine Ft. Kent April 23rd at the Greenville Public Safety Building May 8th at the NRCS office in Presque Isle These workshops will be helpful to all professionals who are responsible for road-stream crossings-including contractors, road commissioners, public works departments, conservation commissions, engineers, planners,...

Maine DEP – Triennial Review

Tuesday, March 19, 2024

The federal Clean Water Act requires that periodically, but at least once every three years, states hold public hearings for the purpose of reviewing water quality standards and, as appropriate, modifying and developing standards.  Maine statute contains similar language in 38 M.R.S. § 464.3.B.  This process, known as the Triennial Review, requires consultation with the public and interested state and federal agencies. The Maine Department of Environmental Protection is now...

Workplace Retirement Plan Certification Exemption

Friday, March 15, 2024

The Maine Retirement Investment Trust (MERIT) would like to remind municipal officials that local governments are exempted from complying with the requirement that employers with 15 or more employees register with MERIT or certify that they have a qualified workplace retirement plan by April 30th and employers with 5-14 employees register with MERIT or certify that they have a qualified workplace retirement plan by June 30, 2024.  Municipalities do not need to take any action regarding...

Legal Services' Guide to Municipal Liens Updated

Friday, March 15, 2024

MMA Legal Services has recently issued two new supplements to the 2016 revised edition of its Guide to Municipal Liens.  On March 14, 2024, Supplement No. 4 was issued to update the Manual's discussion of bankruptcy law and its impact on the municipal lien process (contained in chapter 6 of the Manual) and also updated forms in related appendices. In addition, the Manual was updated in October, 2023 with Supplement No. 3, which revised chapter 3 of the Manual and related...

Maine DEP Invites Towns to Submit Waste Grant Proposals

Friday, March 15, 2024

The Maine Department of Environmental Protection is soliciting grant proposals to support the development, implementation or improvement of programs, initiatives or activities designed to increase the diversion of solid waste from disposal. In the Fall of 2023, the Department funded ten waste diversion projects around Maine with a total of $128,326.07 in awards. These grants are supporting efforts to increase food scrap recovery and composting activities in the Central and Southern Maine...

50% off registration for MMA members to Inclusion Maine Conference, May 1-3

Thursday, March 7, 2024

The Maine Municipal Association is pleased to again sponsor the Inclusion Maine Conference on May 1-3, 2024 at the Portland Sheraton in Portland, Maine. Our state needs 75,000 new workers by 2029 in order to sustain our economy and growth, and the Inclusion Maine Conference aims to give employers the tools to build belonging for all to attract and retain diverse talent in Maine. More details about the conference and Inclusion Maine can be found at...