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Quiet Riot Halloween Dance - October 27

posted Oct 19, 2018, 10:02 AM by Colette Mathieson

NEW! Quiet Riot Halloween Dance

ALL AGES, ALL ABILITIES WELCOME!

Saturday, October 27
6:00 to 9:00 pm
Scarborough High School Cafeteria
11 Municipal Drive, Scarborough

$8 per person (pre-sale)
$10 at the door (if any available)


Come join Scarborough Community Services as we throw a Halloween bash like no other! We are working with Party Headphones in MA to provide an experience that works for all ages, abilities, and comfort levels. Also known as a "Silent Disco," our Quiet Riot dance will provide each guest a wireless headset for the evening, allowing each person to adjust the volume of the music to their liking.

Need a break from the music and dancing? Take off your headphones and watch a room full of people dancing to nothing! There will also be other smaller-sized activities to participate in during our event, such as watching a Halloween-themed movie, taking a break and coloring in our Ghostly Gathering area, even a selfie station. There will be a costume contest with prizes so be sure to dress in your Halloween best!

Tickets may be purchased on Eventbrite or in the Community Services Office at Town Hall through October 26 for $8 per person (online purchases will incur a processing fee. No extra fee for in-office purchases). If any headphones are still available after this date, we will sell tickets at the door (first come, first serve) for $10 per person.

Included in your entrance fee:
    • Use of wireless Party Headphones during the event
    • Halloween goodie bag
    • Light refreshments
Just a few notes about this event . . .
  • This is a family-friendly event open to all ages and abilities.
  • Open to residents and non-residents.
  • Children under age 16 must be accompanied to the event by an adult.
  • Adults in attendance do not need to purchase a ticket to attend unless they want to participate and hear the music.

For more information, please feel free to contact us at 207-730-4150 or email comserv@scarboroughmaine.org. 

Hope to see you there!

State General Election, State Referendum Election & Municipal Election - November 6, 2018

posted Oct 9, 2018, 6:09 AM by Colette Mathieson   [ updated Oct 10, 2018, 5:39 AM ]

There will be a State General Election, a State Referendum Election and a Municipal Election on Tuesday, November 6, 2018. 


Electi
on Update - Absentee Ballots

Absentee Ballots are available at Town Hall in Council Chambers during regular business hours - Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. with
extended hours on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month.  The voter may request an absentee ballot by completing the Application for an Absentee Ballot form below and mail it to the Scarborough Town Clerk's Office at P.O. Box 360, Scarborough, ME 04070-0360 or the voter can contact the Town Clerk's Office at 730-4020 to make their for an absentee ballot to be mailed to them or go to http://www.maine.gov/sos/cec/elec/voter-info/absent.html and fill out the e-form request. Deadline to order absentee ballots is Thursday, November 1, 2018 by 4:00 pm.

Absentee Voting with Special Circumstances

As of Friday, November 2nd and Monday, November 5th, any voter requesting an Absentee Ballot must complete the Special Circumstances Application below and indicate one of the 4 reasons allowed by state statute – Title 21-A M.R.S.A. §753-B sub2(D): 

 

1.         Unexpected absence from the municipality during the entire time the polls are open on Election Day; or

 

2.         Physical disability; or

 

3.         Incapacity or illness that has resulted in the voter’s being unable to leave home or a treatment facility; or

 

4.         Inability to travel to the polls if the voter is a resident of a coastal island ward or precinct.

 

The VOTER must complete and sign the above form before a ballot will be issued. Only the voter can make the request.

Scarborough has five Districts [29/28, 29/29, 30/27, 30/28 and 30/29]; if the voter is not sure of which Senate or House District they are in – please check the Street Listing below. Sample Ballots are listed below as well as the Sample ballot for the Municipal Election and the Sample ballot for the State Referendum.

Voting will take place at the High School Alumni Gymnasium on Election Day, Tuesday, November 6, 2018, from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. As a reminder the main entrance to the High School is now located at the traffic light in front of the Municipal Building at 259 U.S. Route One.

 










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Credit Enhancement Announcement by Councilor Wm. Donovan, Chair

posted Sep 21, 2018, 1:35 PM by Colette Mathieson   [ updated Sep 24, 2018, 6:10 AM by Town Webmaster ]

A proposed Credit Enhancement Agreement between the Town and Scarborough Downs is now available for public consideration on the Town’s website. Other relevant documents have also been posted to provide both financial and economic development information. This information includes both further details as well as summaries of the proposed agreement and its impact. More information will be added beyond this in the coming weeks.

Several public forums are also scheduled to allow the community to understand and critique the proposed agreement. The first is on Monday, September 24 at 6:00 pm at the Public Library. The second is on Wednesday September 26 at 6:00 pm at Scarborough Downs. Representatives from both the Town and the Downs will be present to answer questions.

The Town Council’s goal is to fully inform the public and gauge public reaction before moving ahead. If done right this project has the potential to be the most important public-private partnership that Scarborough will ever entertain. Thus far, through Council workshops and executive sessions, intense analysis, and lengthy negotiations over many months, the Town has moved forward in deliberate fashion to this critical point. We now welcome the opportunity to share with the public much more of the work that has been done and invite critique and comment.

Tax Increment Financing (TIF) - Information Update

posted Aug 31, 2018, 6:00 AM by Tody Justice   [ updated Aug 31, 2018, 6:01 AM ]

The Town Council met with the Town Attorney and staff in executive session on Wednesday, August 29 to consider the merits of a

financial partnership, through a credit enhancement agreement, on the Downs project.   This meeting was productive, but not conclusive, and the Town Council has scheduled another executive session for Wednesday, September 5 to continue this discussion.   The public workshop, originally scheduled for September 5, will be postponed until the Town Council completes its evaluation and is prepared to advance a proposal.  In the meantime, the Town is conducting proper due diligence on the analyses by hiring an independent consultant to review the market forecasts and associated buildout scenarios.

Regardless of the outcome of the discussions with the Downs and irrespective of whether a financial partnership is pursued, the Town is likely to move forward with establishing a “Downtown” tax increment financing district.  This would not commit the Town to any revenue sharing agreement but would provide a framework for spurring economic and community development in a number of ways. 

Tax Bill Schedule - Revaluation Update

posted Aug 28, 2018, 8:32 AM by Colette Mathieson

To coincide with the town-wide real estate revaluation taking place this year and next, the Town of Scarborough is transitioning to a new assessing software

 

program.  This new program will provide a better user experience for our residents and creates greater efficiencies for our Town Hall staff.  The conversion has taken a bit longer than expected and as a result tax bills will be mailed a bit later than in previous years. Tax bills will be mailed during the week of September 17 and the first tax payment will be due on October 15.

We are pleased to announce that preliminary estimates of this year's tax rate suggest that the tax rate increase will be less than the 1.4% estimated during the spring budget season.  Final numbers will be available mid September following tax commitment by the Town's Assessor.

Thank you for your patience as we work to deliver tax bills out as quickly and accurately as possible.

Scarborough Downs - Does a financial partnership make sense?

posted Aug 28, 2018, 5:49 AM by Colette Mathieson   [ updated Aug 28, 2018, 6:02 AM ]

Please review the  attached article relative to the Scarborough Downs Development.

Tax Increment Financing (TIF) - Information

posted Aug 28, 2018, 5:43 AM by Colette Mathieson

"Attached is a recent article regarding tax increment financing (TIF) that residents may find helpful if they wish to learn more.  The Town has used several of

the recommendations as guiding principles in the negotiations with the Downs."

Downtown TIF Presentation - "The Town & The Downs"

posted Aug 16, 2018, 8:25 AM by Colette Mathieson   [ updated Aug 16, 2018, 8:27 AM ]

Please see the attached presentation as reviewed by the Town Council on August 15, 2018.

Comprehensive Plan Presentation & Open House - August 16th

posted Aug 2, 2018, 12:28 PM by Colette Mathieson   [ updated Aug 6, 2018, 1:01 PM ]

The Public Draft of the Comprehensive Plan is finally here and we look forward to hearing your feedback.  Please join us and help get the plan to the finish line!

Thursday, August 16, 7:30 am and 6:30 pm will be the Presentation, come and hear all about the new plan and share your thoughts. Both presentations will be the same materials.  Thursday, August 16 from 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm will be the open house to familiarize yourself with the plan and chat in an informal setting. All meetings will be held at the Scarborough Town Hall.  To download your own copy of the plan please visit  https://www.scarboroughengaged.org/


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