Maine Revised Statutes

§2172. Information to be submitted with legislation proposing secession

A territory that seeks to have legislation submitted on its behalf proposing its secession from a municipality shall provide the Legislature with the following information, which the Legislature may use in making a determination on a proposal for secession: [1997, c. 699, §3 (AMD).]

1. Report on attempts to resolve differences.  A report on attempts by the secession territory to resolve concerns that have caused the desire to secede from the municipality. If a neutral 3rd party was involved in the attempt to resolve concerns through alternative dispute resolution methods such as mediation, facilitation or arbitration, the territory must also submit a report from the neutral 3rd party;
[ 1999, c. 381, §3 (AMD) .]
2. Effective date.  The date on which a proposed secession is effective;
[ 1995, c. 377, §2 (NEW) .]
3. Provision of educational services.  Plans for the provision of educational services, including school transportation services for all students in the proposed secession territory;
[ 1995, c. 377, §2 (NEW) .]
4. Distribution of tangible assets and liabilities.  Plans regarding the distribution of assets and liabilities;
[ 1995, c. 377, §2 (NEW) .]
5. Information about municipality.  The following information concerning the municipality and the proposed secession territory:
A. Present population, past population change and projected population for the secession territory; [1995, c. 377, §2 (NEW).]
B. Quantity of land within the secession territory proposed for incorporation; the natural terrain of the secession territory, including general topography, major watersheds, soil conditions; and such natural features as rivers and lakes; [1995, c. 377, §2 (NEW).]
C. Present pattern of physical development in the secession territory, including residential, industrial, commercial, agricultural and institutional land uses; and the present transportation network and potential transportation issues, including proposed highway development; [1995, c. 377, §2 (NEW).]
D. Land use controls and planning presently being utilized in the secession territory, including comprehensive plans for development in the secession territory; [1995, c. 377, §2 (NEW).]
E. Present governmental services being provided to the secession territory, including water and sewer service, fire protection, police protection, street improvements and maintenance, administrative services and recreational facilities; [1995, c. 377, §2 (NEW).]
F. Existing or potential problems of environmental pollution and the need for additional services to resolve these problems; [1995, c. 377, §2 (NEW).]
G. Fiscal data of the secession territory, including the net tax capacity of the proposed secession territory and the impact on the municipality from which the territory proposes to secede; the present bonded indebtedness; and the local tax rates of the county, school district and municipality; [1995, c. 377, §2 (NEW).]
H. Effect of the proposed incorporation on communities adjacent to the secession territory and on school districts within and adjacent to the secession territory; and [1995, c. 377, §2 (NEW).]
I. Ability of municipal government to deliver services to the secession territory; and [1995, c. 377, §2 (NEW).]
[ 1995, c. 377, §2 (NEW) .]
6. Community support.  The extent to which the proposed secession territory and the affected municipality or municipalities have demonstrated support or opposition for a proposal for secession, including the use of petitions, votes or other methods of indicating support or opposition.
[ 1995, c. 377, §2 (NEW) .]
1995, c. 377, §2 (NEW). 1997, c. 699, §§2-4 (AMD). 1999, c. 381, §3 (AMD).