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State Ballot Initiatives November 2012

ASCE members in five states -  Alaska, Arkansas, Hawaii, Maine and Oklahoma will be sent Key Alerts in regards to state-wide ballot initiatives dealing with infrastructure issues in those states.

If you live in one of those states keep an eye out for the Alert and pass it along to your peers.  Please remember to vote on Tuesday, November 6th if your state is holding an election.

Alaska
Alaska Transportation Project Bonds Question, Bonding Proposition A - VOTE YES
The Alaska Transportation Project Bonds Question will appear on the November 6, 2012 ballot in the state of Alaska as a legislatively-referred state statute. The measure would allow for a general obligation bond to be issued for the purpose of transportation projects in the state. The general obligation bond would not exceed $453,499,200.

Arkansas
Arkansas Sales Tax Question, Issue 2 - VOTE YES
The Arkansas Sales Tax Increase Question, also known as Issue 2, will appear on the November 6, 2012 statewide ballot in the state of Arkansas as a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment.  The measure would implement a half-percent sales tax in the state. The revenue generated from the tax would be used to pay for a four-lane highway system statewide.

Hawaii
Hawaii Dam and Reservoir Owners Assistance Amendment - VOTE YES
The Hawaii Dam and Reservoir Owners Assistance Amendment, also known as HB 2594, is on the November 6, 2012 statewide ballot in Hawaii as a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment. The measure would authorize the State to issue special purpose revenue bonds and use the proceeds from the bonds to assist dam and reservoir owners to make their facilities compliant with current safety standards.

Maine
Maine Transportation Bond Question - VOTE YES
The Maine Transportation Bond Question will appear on the November 6, 2012 ballot in the state of Maine as a legislatively-referred state statute. The measure would allow for a $51 million transportation bond, most of it to pay for road and bridge repairs in the state.

Maine Community Water and Sewer Bond Question 1 - VOTE YES
The Maine Community Water and Sewer Bond Question 1 will appear on the November 6, 2012 ballot in the state of Maine as a legislatively-referred state statute. The measure would allow for a bond for water and sewer projects in the state.

Maine Community Water and Sewer Bond Question 2 - VOTE YES
The Maine Community Water and Sewer Bond Question 2 will appear on the November 6, 2012 ballot in the state of Maine as a legislatively-referred state statute. The measure would allow for a bond for water and sewer projects in the state.

Oklahoma
Oklahoma Reserve Fund Amendment - VOTE YES
The Oklahoma Reserve Fund Amendment, also known as State Question 764, amends the Oklahoma Constitution. It adds a new section 39A to Article 10. It would allow the Oklahoma Water Resources Board to issue bonds. Any bonds issued would be used to provide a reserve fund for the Board. The fund would be a reserve fund for certain water resource and sewage treatment funding programs. The fund could only be used to pay other bonds and other obligations for the funding programs. The bonds could only be issued after other sources are used for repayment. The bonds would be general obligation bonds. Not more than $300 million worth of bonds could be issued.