Harpswell voters will decide three questions during a special referendum on Election Day, Nov. 8. The ballot asks if voters will approve the transfer of $25,000 from surplus to the Harpswell Home Heating Assistance Program, if they will approve the transfer of $27,000 from surplus to remove the emergency communications tower at the Orr’s Island Fire Station, and if they will accept a donation of quahog seed from Running Tide Technologies Inc. to spread on the town’s flats.
Property owners will see an 86-cent drop in Harpswell’s tax rate this year, from $6.76 to $5.90 per $1,000 of valuation, because of growth in townwide valuation. However, the impact on individual tax bills will vary because of a revaluation designed to bring assessments closer in line with market values.
In the two competitive primaries on the ballot Tuesday, June 14, Harpswell Republicans backed Stephen Warner “Bubba” Davis for the Maine House District 99 nomination with 91.3% of the vote, while Harpswell Democrats supported Jacqueline Anne “Jackie” Sartoris for the Cumberland County district attorney nomination with 87.65% of the vote.