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Question 3 Opponents Officially Launch Campaign
09/25/2009 4:41 PM ET  

The No on 3 campaign contends that repealing the state's 2007 school consolidation law will cost taxpayers $36 million a year and likely lead to hikes in property taxes.

Supporters of school consolidation in Maine officially launched their campaign today aimed at preventimg repeal of the law passed in 2007. 

Question 3 on the November ballot will ask voters whether they want to overturn the state's school consolidation law, which is aimed at reorganizing the state's 290 school administrative districts into about 80.

Several school districts have already consolidated, and the No on 3 campaign says repeal of the law will cost taxpayers $36 million a year and likely lead to hikes in property taxes.

The school consolidation law was approved in 2007 as part of Gov. John Baldacci state budget.  But compliance has been problematic for some smaller districts, many of which have had trouble finding other districts to partner with.

The repeal question will appear on the November 3 ballot.

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