Editorial misstated TABOR voting process


An editorial Wednesday mistakenly reported that the Taxpayer Bill of Rights would, if it were enacted, have prohibited Mechanic Falls voters from exceeding a $25,253 expenditure limit.

In actuality, the TABOR proposal that will be on the statewide ballot in November would allow any town or city to exceed its statutory spending limit if the governing body voted by a two-thirds margin in favor of doing so.

The town or city would then have to put the issue before all voters in the next scheduled election. In addition, it would have to draw up 500-word pro and con essays that would have to be mailed to each voter before the election.

The Maine Attorney General’s Office has argued that TABOR is unconstitutional because it requires that two-thirds of voters approve a spending measure, rather than a simple majority.