(from the February 2009 Maine Townsman)
BY MARCH 1 – Solid Waste Municipal Reporting forms are due back to the State Planning Office, State House Station #38, Augusta, ME 04333. [38 MRSA §2133(7)]
BEFORE TOWN MEETING – Selectmen must have a warrant posted at least 7 days before town meeting and have a constable or designated resident make return (30-A M.R.S.A. §2523). If adoption of an ordinance is proposed, make sure of compliance with 30-A M.R.S.A. §3002. Send copy of town report to the following: MAINE MUNICIPAL ASSOCIATION, State Tax Assessor, State Auditor, State Department of Transportation, and State Librarian.
— Town meeting voter registration and voting list requirements. The registrar shall accept the registration and enrollment of voters prior to the municipal election according to the time schedule prescribed by 21-A M.R.S.A. §122 unless changed by municipal officers. According to same statute, the registrar shall also accept registrations from those who appear in person on election day.
— Copies of annual report are to be deposited in municipal office or convenient place of business for distribution to voters at least 3 days prior to the annual meeting (30-A M.R.S.A. §2801). After election, town officers shall be sworn for each office separately. Notice of appointments must be made to town clerk for recording (30-A M.R.S.A. §2526). Notice of choice of treasurer must be sent to Treasurer of State (30-A M.R.S.A. §5602).
— Check 30-A M.R.S.A. §5823 for audits, and §2801 for Town Reports.
— See 21-A M.R.S.A. §101 for deadline for appointing Registrar of Voters. Note that municipal officers must notify the Secretary of State of the name of the appointee within 10 days after registrar is appointed and sworn.
Assessors – Before making an assessment, the assessors may notify all persons liable to taxation in the municipality to bring in their lists of taxable property (36 M.R.S.A. §706).
APRIL 1 – Municipal assessments are controlled by this date (36 M.R.S.A. §502).