July 10, 2013

Maine House OKs Livermore Falls vote on switching counties

The Associated Press

AUGUSTA — Efforts by the town of Livermore Falls to leave Androscoggin County and join Franklin County have taken a step forward.

The Sun Journal reports that after a late vote in the House of Representatives on Tuesday, lawmakers agreed to allow town residents to vote on the issue. If the measure passes, it would then go to voters in both counties.

Supporters say a move makes financial sense. Livermore Falls is on the border between the counties and closer to the Franklin County seat than to the Androscoggin County seat. The town would save money transporting criminal defendants to and from jails and courts.

Opponents, including Lewiston Democratic state Rep. Mike Carey, say Livermore Falls leaving Androscoggin County would hurt the county's tax base and add to Franklin County's costs.

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