Municipal Calendar
(from the August/September 2010 Maine Townsman)

ON OR BEFORE SEPTEMBER 1 — Clerks of organized plantations shall make return to the Secretary of State, on blanks furnished by him for that purpose, of the names of the assessors and clerks of their plantation and that the same have been sworn. There is a penalty for failure to make such return (30-A MRSA §7005).

SEPTEMBER 7 — (first Monday in September) — Labor Day — a legal holiday (4 MRSA §1051).

ON OR BEFORE SEPTEMBER 15 — Monthly expenditure statement and claim for General Assistance reimbursement to be sent to Department of Human Services, General Assistance Unit, 11 State House Station, Augusta, ME 04333 [22 MRSA §4311].

BETWEEN MAY 1 and OCTOBER 1 — Municipal officers may initiate process to close certain roads to winter maintenance [23 MRSA §2953]. For further information see MMA’s Municipal Roads Manual.

BY OCTOBER 1 — Assessors should receive the municipality’s proposed current state valuation from the State Tax Assessor. [36 MRSA §208].

ON OR BEFORE OCTOBER 15 — Monthly expenditure or quarterly statement and claim for General Assistance reimbursement to be sent to Department of Human Services, General Assistance Unit, DHS #11, Augusta, ME 04333 [22 MRSA §4311].

OCTOBER — Registrars of voters shall accept registration prior to the November 1 Election according to the time schedule for their population group [21-A MRSA §122(6)].

— The Registrar shall publish his/her time and hourly schedules in a newspaper having general circulation in the municipality at least 7 days before it becomes effective. In municipalities of 2,500 or less population, this publication is discretionary rather than compulsory [21-A MRSA §125].

— The hourly schedule for voter registration established by 21-A MRSA §122 may be changed by the municipal officers according to the needs of the municipality [21-A MRSA §122(8)].

ON OR BEFORE OCTOBER 31 — Every employer required to deduct and withhold tax for each calendar quarter shall file a withholding return and remit payment as prescribed by the State Tax Assessor (36 MRSA § 5253).

BY NOVEMBER 1 — Any governmental subdivision holding tangible or intangible property presumed abandoned under 33 MRSA §1953 must make report to the Administrator of Abandoned Property of the State Treasury Department, pursuant to 33 MRSA §1958.