Charter Commission papers available Monday in Lewiston

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LEWISTON — Nomination petitions for the position of Joint Charter commissioner will be available beginning Monday.

Petitions require a minimum of 100 valid signatures from Lewiston registered voters. They must be submitted to the City Clerk’s Office by 4:30 p.m. Friday, April 11.

Lewiston and Auburn will each elect three residents to serve on the six-member Lewiston-Auburn Joint Charter Commission.

The commission will be charged with drafting an agreement to consolidate the cities of Lewiston and Auburn.

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Under Maine statutes, the consolidation agreement shall include: The names of the municipalities proposed to be consolidated; the name under which it is proposed to consolidate; the property, real and personal, belonging to each municipality and its fair value; the indebtedness, bonded and otherwise, of each municipality; the proposed name and location of the municipal office; the proposed charter; the terms for apportioning tax rates to serve the existing bonded indebtedness of the respective municipalities; and any other necessary and proper facts and terms.

The work of the commission will commence in June.

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