Election Day in Mid-Coast Maine includes questions on fireworks, food trucks

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BATH — Voters on June 12 will be choosing candidates and weighing in on issues ranging from fireworks to mobile food vendors.

In Bath, where Rep. Michael H. Clarke, D-Bath, is not seeking re-election, Jennifer DeChant of Middle Street and Paul O. Johnson of Washington Street are running for the Democratic nomination in House District 62.

Bath will also vote on a $26 million budget for Regional School Unit 1. Polls are open in the city from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. at Bath Middle School.

Topsham residents will vote on whether to allow the sale and use of fireworks in town. Topsham will join Harpswell in voting on a $33.4 million budget for SAD 75.

Polls are open Tuesday in Topsham at the Topsham Fairgrounds Exhibition Hall from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

In addition to the SAD 75 budget, Harpswell voters will be asked to decide two ordinance questions and an appropriation.

A mobile food handler’s ordinance would, for the first time, allow hot dog carts or taco trucks and the like to operate in designated areas. Voters will also be asked to amend the Shoreland Zoning Ordinance, also to allow for mobile food sellers.

The final article on the warrant will ask for a $25,000 appropriation from the town’s existing fund balance to fund an emergency repair project at the Mitchell Field pier. If the expenditure is approved, the existing gangways will be removed.

Harpswell polls are open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. at Merriconeag Grange, Old Orr’s Island Schoolhouse and Cundy’s Harbor Community Hall.

In Brunswick, voters will be asked to validate the $33.5 million budget of the Brunswick School Department, which represents an increase of $189,000 over this year.

While the school budget will go up just 0.6 percent if approved, a reduction in state and federal support resulted in a 14.1 percent increase for local taxpayers. The town budget absorbed some of that burden, so that the actual increase in local taxes amounts to 5.45 percent.

Voting on the budget validation referendum is from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. at Brunswick Junior High School, 65 Columbia Ave.

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