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  • Portland budget means 3.1% increase in property tax

    PORTLAND — A protracted budget process was climaxed by a marathon meeting, but city spending for fiscal year 2016 was set June 24. The 5-4 City Council vote appropriating $225 million in municipal spending means city property owners will see an overall 3.1 percent property tax increa...

  • Portland fund to help asylum seekers for 1 year

    PORTLAND — Operating details are unclear, but a new city fund will assist immigrant asylum seekers with basic housing, food and medical costs. The $2.63 million Community Support Fund was created June 24 when the City Council approved a $225 million municipal budget for fiscal year 2...

  • Yarmouth residents can't curb displeasure about street work

    YARMOUTH — A resident of Cousins Street, unhappy about addition of concrete curbs in the neighborhood, is leading a petition drive to have the curbs removed along Birchwood Avenue. Vincent Fuerst, who lives at the corner of Cousins Street and Birchwood Avenue, said in addition t... 1

  • Freeport Sewer District: 3 candidates vie for 2 seats

    FREEPORT — There are two vacant seats on the Sewer District Board of Trustees and three candidates. Board members Ed Hindley of Wardtown Road and F. Donald Dorsey of South Freeport Road are not seeking re-election. Thomas Hudak, Dale Sawyer and Garrett Simmons hope to replace them.

  • Portland City Council changes Community Development Block Grant guidelines

    PORTLAND — The City Council Monday night approved several changes to the way federal Community Development Block Grant funds are distributed to social service agencies and city programs. CDBG funds are available to agencies that serve neighborhoods designated as low-income by the fed...

  • Group hopes to strengthen Portland's India Street neighborhood

    PORTLAND — Residents, businesses and property owners in the India Street corridor are creating a neighborhood association to deal with vacant properties, trash and chronic trespassing in the area. A small organizing group met Sept. 28 to discuss common concerns and brought in a commu...

  • Pretty in pink: Portland, South Portland firefighters raise cancer awareness

    PORTLAND — Pink is not the color typically associated with firefighters who stand ready to charge into burning buildings. But firefighters in Portland and South Portland will put their egos aside, and don pink T-shirts for three days next week. The attire is more than a bold f...

  • Cumberland County: Voters asked to revise government

    PORTLAND — When voters go to the polls Nov. 2 to elect local and state representatives, residents of Cumberland County will also vote on whether to approve the county's first charter. For the past 250 years, the county has operated without a charter, instead following rules that were...

  • FEMA pulls flood maps, promises to work with coastal communities

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Federal Emergency Management Agency is withdrawing new flood insurance maps proposed for Cumberland and York counties. Instead, FEMA on Friday said it will undertake a more collaborative approach to redraw the floodplain maps, which could affect waterfront deve...

  • Scarborough state representative pleads guilty to drunken driving

    SCARBOROUGH — State Rep. Sean Flaherty, D-Scarborough, was driving drunk last August when he crashed his car at southbound Mile 23 of Interstate 295 in Freeport. Flaherty, 25, pleaded guilty Oct. 1 to operating under the influence on the night of Aug. 8, when he was returning from a ...