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  • Scarborough council approves budgets, 5.8% tax hike

    SCARBOROUGH — Town councilors Wednesday approved municipal and school budgets totalling approximately $59.3 million. The fiscal year 2016 budget includes a 5.8 percent tax increase. The mil rate is expected to be $15.97 per $1,000 of assessed value, which is an increase of 87 ce...

  • Topsham Town Meeting OKs $9M budget

    TOPSHAM — Town Meeting Wednesday approved a $9 million municipal budget, up 5.7 percent from this year. The Mt. Ararat High School gathering ran a little more than an hour, drew fewer than 100 voters, and spurred little public comment. Topsham's current tax rate is $17.33 per ...

  • Harpswell oyster kill raises questions about shellfish protection

    HARPSWELL — An apparently legal oyster kill in Quahog Bay is raising questions about shellfish management in town. It also reveals the web of jurisdictional questions surrounding protection of the resource. It all started at the Board of Selectmen meeting on April 30, whe...

  • South Portland gets revised proposal from Martin's Point

    SOUTH PORTLAND — Martin's Point Health Care submitted a revised proposal Wednesday morning for a medical office at the corner of Ocean and Sawyer streets. Richard Daigle, vice president of support services for the company, also requested feedback from city staff about whether th...

  • South Portland, Scarborough, Cape plan Memorial Day parades, ceremonies

    SOUTH PORTLAND — Parades and ceremonies will mark Memorial Day on Monday, May 25 in South Portland, Scarborough, and Cape Elizabeth. The South Portland Memorial Day parade will start at 10 a.m. at Southern Maine Community College and go west on Broadway to Mill Creek Park. A ceremony...

  • Plan for Cape Elizabeth pizzeria shocks tenant, irks restaurant

    CAPE ELIZABETH — A plan for a new brick oven pizzeria near Kettle Cove has been approved, but not without objections from other business owners. The Planning Board on Tuesday approved the site plan for Summer Oven, a pizza restaurant planned at 541 Ocean House Road. The proposal for ...

  • South Portland council sends 3.5% school budget hike to voters

    SOUTH PORTLAND — City Councilors unanimously approved a $46 million school budget Monday night. A public validation referendum is scheduled for Tuesday, June 9. Th...

  • Harpswell seeks funding to study clam decline

    HARPSWELL — The town is looking for state assistance to study how to protect a resource embedded in Harpswell's heritage. Harpswell's 4,000 acres of intertidal mud flats have long supported the soft-shell clam industry, which has consistently reported some of the highest landing...

  • Topsham high school vote not expected before late 2016

    TOPSHAM — A "Public Visioning" meeting Tuesday night was an early step along the road to a vote on whether to rebuild or renovate Mt. Ararat High School. The project architect said work could begin no sooner than late 2016 or mid-2017. School Administrative District 75 has app...

  • Brunswick tax hike alarms councilors, budget still in play

    BRUNSWICK — The Town Council wants to limit a property tax hike to between 3 and 4 percent. But the council has some work to do. The fiscal 2016 budget as proposed is about $59.8 million, which would require a more than 4.9 percent increase in taxes. Councilors are... 1