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Maine AG asked to rule if gov can withhold funds

March 9, 2012
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MILLINOCKET, Maine—Maine Attorney General William Schneider is being asked to determine if Gov. Paul LePage can legally withhold $216,000 from Millinocket.

Rep. Herbert Clark of Millinocket wants a legal opinion on whether LePage can cut the amount of so-called Sudden and Severe Impact Funds the town gets for the loss of taxable value it suffered with the sale of the two Katahdin region paper mills last year.

A LePage spokeswoman said the funds are being withheld because town officials broke an agreement to contribute $50,000 annually to help maintain a former mill-operated landfill.

The Bangor Daily News ( http://bit.ly/yP8AUi) reported that Millinocket town councilors said they agreed only to a one-year $50,000 payment.

The state assumed ownership of the landfill last spring to facilitate the sale of the two mills.

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Information from: Bangor Daily News, http://www.bangordailynews.com

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