03/24/2015 - State’s Official Revenue Sharing Projections
Every year at this time, municipal officials await the State of Maine’s projections for Municipal Revenue Sharing funding. The numbers for FY 2016 are now out. Remember, funding is roughly 40 percent of what state law requires, and the current legislative session could alter things for 2016 and 2017. Still, here are the municipality-by-municipality numbers projected, as of now, by the state for FY 2016. Read More..
03/23/2015 - Christopher Lockwood Announces Retirement
Maine Municipal Association Executive Director Christopher G. Lockwood told his Executive Committee and staff last week that he will retire effective Aug. 21 of this year. Lockwood has led MMA for 36 years, a period during which he and his organization went through many changes – and challenges. MMA’s Executive Committee is taking steps to begin a national search for his replacement. Read More..
03/19/2015 - GASB Prompts Major Pension Changes
Changes from the Governmental Accounting Standards Board will require public employers – including Maine towns and cities – to view pension obligations differently. Not only will the “GASB 68” changes affect pension plans and employees, they will affect municipal audits and annual budgeting. The attached GASB Power Point presentation provides an overview. Read More..
03/17/2015 - Telecommunications Data Posted
The Governor’s Office has released long-anticipated data showing where the state’s two-way telecommunications property is located and the value of that property. The need for this data became important in early January when the Governor proposed as part of the FY 2016 – FY 2017 budget to shift taxing authority over two-way telecommunications property from the state to the municipalities.
03/16/2015 - Sustainability & Water Conference
Lake protection, ocean acidification and sustainability in the food supply will be among the topics at this year’s Maine Sustainability & Water Conference, which will be held at the Augusta Civic Center on March 31. The keynote speaker is Whitney King of Colby College, who will speak on: How can we stop loving our lakes to death?
03/12/2015 - Maine Rural Water Association Spring Training
The Maine Rural Water Association will offer a variety of training opportunities for wastewater system personnel and public works employees this spring, starting on April 7. Soil erosion and self-defense are among the topics being offered. Read More..
03/10/2015 - New Urbanism Event Returns to Lewiston
The Congress for New Urbanism planning and economic development organization will bring its largest annual event back to Lewiston this spring. The conference – Build Maine: A tactical approach to growing Maine towns and cities – will be held on May 20-21, at the Bates Mill No. 1 building. Last year’s event was the organization’s first in Maine and it was a nice success. Read More..
03/09/2015 - President Obama addresses League of Cities Today
President Barack Obama will speak at the National League of Cities’ Congressional City Conference today (Monday, March 9) at 11:30 a.m. in Washington, D.C. Maine Municipal Association has representatives at the Conference who will be in attendance as President Obama speaks, including MMA President Michelle Beal, Vice President Stephan Bunker and Executive Director Christopher Lockwood. Read More..
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. Read More..
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.