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Tuesday, November 29, 2005

Chebeague's Secession Stalled

The Cumberland town council has voted 6-1 not to support Chebeague Island's bid to secede. On Nov. 8, 86 percent of islanders voted to break away from Cumberland, while 53 percent of mainlanders opposed secession.
Now town officials and islanders must sit down at the bargaining table, where a bunch of thorny issues await. How much money would islanders owe Cumberland for debt retirement? Who would own the 16 small islands surrounding Chebeague? How much would tax bills on the mainland increase if the island secedes?

If initial talks fall apart, a mediator will be brought in and the sides would have up to six months to find common ground. [Link]
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