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Citizen's Guide to November 7 Election

Thursday, September 21, 2023

In collaboration with the Office of the Attorney General and Office of Fiscal and Program Review, the Secretary of State has published the Citizen's Guide to the 2023 Maine Referendum Election, which provides a non-partisan overview of the ballot measures voters will consider at the polls this November. Click here to review the guide. 

Important ARPA Reporting Deadlines

Thursday, September 21, 2023

The U.S. Treasury is reporting that 4,300 ARPA recipients have not filed required reports.  Although the list of non-filers has not been released, it is possible that some municipalities in Maine have missed the deadline.  The concern among municipal officials is if reporting deadlines are not fulfilled, the federal government will seek to “claw back” the distributed revenue.  Even if a municipality has nothing to report, they must comply with the filing...

Update on New Sales Procedure of Tax-Acquired Property

Tuesday, September 5, 2023

Update 8/31 –The state statute modifying the new sales procedures for tax-acquired property (30-A M.R.S. § 943-C) requires municipalities to use forms notices and instructions provided by Maine Revenue Services.  Those forms are now available on the Maine Revenue Services Website.  MMA Legal Services has updated its guidance on the new sales procedures to reflect this new information. Click here for details

Housing Outreach Meetings

Wednesday, August 30, 2023

The Housing Opportunity Program is hosting four in-person office hour sessions in September in Belfast, Bangor, Houlton, and Caribou. According to officials at the Department of Economic & Community Development, these sessions will provide an informal way for community members, municipal officials, and planning board members to discuss issues related to the Maine’s affordable housing policies, including LD 2003.  For more information, email...

Cannabis Rulemaking - Public Comments

Tuesday, August 29, 2023

The Office of Cannabis Policy (OCP) is seeking public comments on proposed rules impacting the delivery, return, marketing and advertising of adult use cannabis, as well as the requirements for specified event permits.  A copy of the proposed rules can be found here.  OCP is accepting public comments through September 17, 2023, at 11:59 p.m. and will host an in-person public hearing on September 6, 2023, at 10:00 a.m. as another opportunity to solicit public comments and address...

SBA Interest in Municipal Feedback on New ADA Website Accessibility Rules

Friday, August 25, 2023

The Small Business Administration (SBA) Office of Advocacy is seeking feedback regarding the fiscal impacts of a Department of Justice (DOJ) rule establishing technical standards to ensure public websites and mobile applications are accessible for people with disabilities.  The Office of Advocacy is interested in learning how this change would impact municipalities, with specific interest in the process municipalities are currently using to ensure accessibility and the estimated cost...

BEAD Act Program Information Session on September 19

Thursday, August 24, 2023

The Broadband Equity, Access, and Deployment (BEAD) and Digital Equity Act Programs will provide Maine with an estimated $290 million grant to fund broadband infrastructure and digital equity for the entire state. The Maine Connectivity Authority will recap the BEAD and Digital Equity process to date and begin the discussion of what's to come at an interactive virtual event at 12pm on Tuesday, September 19.  Click here to register for the event. 

Upward Mobility Technical Assistance

Wednesday, August 23, 2023

The Urban Institute is kicking off a new technical assistance program called the Mobility Action Learning Network to provide pro bono technical assistance to teams of local leaders interested in advancing locally driven programs, policies, and actions that boost upward mobility from poverty and racial equity.  This opportunity will be made available for up to 30 teams, which must include members representing government agencies and non-government organizations capable of creating system...


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