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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...

  • SAD 75 budget could shrink, but taxes will decline only in Harpswell

    HARPSWELL — School Administrative District 75 Superintendent Mike Wilhelm walked the School Board and the public through next year's financial challenges Tuesday in the first of three budget forums. Tuesday’s forum in Harpswell was to be followed by one in Bowdoin on Thursday. ...

  • First woman director takes the reins at Bath YMCA

    BATH — Sabrina Murphy, the new executive director of the Bath Area Family YMCA, is also the first woman to lead the institution in its 154-year history. Murphy, who replaces Phil Krummel, was hired by the YMCA in 2001 as the associate executive director and later became operatio...

  • Brunswick school renovation funds removed from lending reform law

    BRUNSWICK — A provision that would have provided renovation funds for school districts affected by the 2011 closure of Brunswick Naval Air Station was stripped from a bill that President Obama signed into law Tuesday. Removal of the measure will have immediate consequences for the Br...

  • Harpswell panel solicits input on Mitchell Field businesses

    HARPSWELL — For some residents, one of the biggest problems with Mitchell Field is that there's no business there. On Wednesday, April 7, residents harboring that opinion – and probably a few that don't – will get a chance to say what kind of businesses should be allowed ...

  • 12 employees could lose jobs under RSU 1 budget

    BATH — The draft fiscal 2011 budget proposed by Regional School Unit 1 Superintendent William Shuttleworth could mean the elimination of a dozen employees. The $24.35 million spending plan is nearly $634,000 less than this year’s budget, and includes a revenue loss of abou...

  • Union organizer found role in candidate Richardson’s state agency

    Editor’s note: This examination of Democrat John Richardson by the non-profit Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting is the second in a series probing the records of some of the leading candidates for governor.

  • Pierce Atwood law firm considers moving Portland office

    PORTLAND — One of the region's prominent law firms is considering moving out of its downtown headquarters and possibly out of the city. Pierce Atwood, the major tenant at 1 Monument Square, is looking at several properties in greater Portland, according to the firm's marketing and bu...

  • Farmers market moves to Bean campus as Freeport Community Market

    FREEPORT — There will be a new farmers market in Freeport this summer hosted by L.L. Bean off Main Street. The Freeport Community Market will open on May 28 at 3 p.m. at two locations – one at Discovery Park, and the other in the area between the handicapped parking lot a...