6 charter amendments on Bath ballot

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BATH — Several proposed changes to the City Charter go before voters on Election Day, Nov. 4.

The six amendments will be voted upon separately.

One amendment would change the time of the council’s annual organizational meeting, held in December, from 7:30 p.m. to the usual 6 p.m. start time of other meetings.

The second would allow notification of special meetings to be sent to councilors via email, with verification of receipt.

The third would allow the city manager to live outside of Bath.

The fourth amendment would exempt revenues from the municipal expenditure cap that have been obtained and used for project expenses connected to a tax increment financing district.

The fifth would permit alternate ward clerks and wardens to serve at elections when the usual appointees are unavailable.

The final amendment would bring city elections with write-in candidates in line with Maine law, eliminating a requirement for tallying such candidates in most situations.

“At the end of the night, the declared write-ins would be recognized by the (tallying) machine,” City Clerk Mary White said last month. But the election clerks “wouldn’t be reading ‘Mickey Mouse,’ ‘Abraham Lincoln’; you get these all the time. You would be actually tallying people who really count, that really want the job.”

Alex Lear can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 113 or alear@theforecaster.net. Follow him on Twitter: @learics.

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A Maine native and Colby College graduate, Alex has been covering coastal communities since 2001, and currently handles Bath, Topsham, Cumberland, and North Yarmouth. He and his wife, Lauren, live in the Portland area, and Alex recently released his third album of original music.