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2024 Edition of Municipal Officers Manual Now Available

Wednesday, May 29, 2024

MMA Legal Services has recently issued a new edition of the Municipal Officers Manual. The May 2024 edition replaces the March 2016 revised edition of the Manual and has been updated to reflect recent legislative changes and court decisions impacting municipal officer duties and local government functions. A digital version of the updated manual may be accessed or downloaded by members at no charge. A print version is also available for purchase - click here to order a print...

2024 Changes to Tax-Acquired Property Sale Procedures

Wednesday, May 15, 2024

Last month the Maine Legislature enacted PL 2023, chapter 640, which again revised required sale procedures for real property that is tax-acquired under the real estate tax lien mortgage process (36 M.R.S. §§ 942 - 943). The new legislation takes effect on August 9, 2024. MMA Legal Services has issued guidance for members summarizing the new requirements and addressing frequently asked questions. To read the latest guidance, click here (login required)

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...

MMA Town Meeting and Elections Manual Updated

Monday, March 4, 2024

MMA Legal Services issued a new supplement to MMA’s Town Meeting and Elections Manual. Supplement No. 2, which was issued on January 24, 2024, updates the January 2020 version of the Manual to reflect recent legislative changes and court decisions. These changes have been incorporated into the online version of the Manual, but we encourage you to print Supplement No. 2 for use with printed versions. If you have any questions about this Supplement, please contact MMA Legal Services at...

MMA Legal Services Issues Guidance on Affordable Housing Law

Thursday, November 30, 2023

On April 27, 2022, Governor Mills signed affordable housing legislation into law, P.L. 2021, c. 672, entitled, An Act To Implement the Recommendations of the Commission To Increase Housing Opportunities in Maine by Studying Zoning and Land Use Restrictions (hereinafter the Affordable Housing Law). The law was later amended by P.L. 2023, c. 192, which was entitled An Act to Clarify Statewide Laws Regarding Affordable Housing and Accessory Dwelling Units. Together, these bills made significant...

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...