Title

Because of the number of Maine towns choosing to become unorganized territory un

Authors

Jeff Clark

Source

Down East

Date

10-1-2005

Pages

66-67, 86-89

Abstract

Because of the number of Maine towns choosing to become unorganized territory under the jurisdiction of the overstretched Land Use Regulation Commission (LURC), the Legislature recently toughened requirements for municipal deorganization. With a staff of 23, LURC is already dealing with a huge land development plan proposed by Plum Creek. Cooper, with 145 residents, is typical of towns seeking dissolution. Residents' taxes would probably be less and services better under LURC. Other state departments, like the Maine Department of Education, absorb responsibilities from deorganized towns. Commissioner Patrick McGowan of the Department of Conservation calls deorganization a "geopolitical cop-out."

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