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Saturday, February 18, 2006

Will Maine Lose Its Small Towns?

Penobscot County's Drew Plantation is considering abandoning its organization, and so also Whitneyville and Cooper in Washington County. Perham, in Aroostook County, recently inquired about deorganization as well.
For most of these communities, it's a numbers problem in two respects: There aren't enough people willing to fill town positions, and property tax rates rival those of larger cities, but offer far fewer services to their residents.

In practical terms - and most disturbingly to historians - deorganization also brings an end to local elections and annual town meetings that have been the backbone of small-town New England democracies since the 17th century. [Link]
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