Ferry terminal bond falls to budget ax

BAR HARBOR — A proposed $3-million bond issue to support purchase of the former international ferry terminal here will not come before voters this fall. However, Maine voters will have a chance to weigh in on a proposed $13 million in funding for expansion at the area’s two scientific research laboratories.

As proposed, the $3 million for the ferry terminal would have helped Maine Port Authority officials in their attempts to buy the idle terminal property from the Canadian government, the first step toward turning the property into a terminal for cruise ships.

State Sen. Brian Langley (R-Hancock County), a sponsor of the bond bill, said that work to acquire property will continue, even without the potential of the bond.

Legislators on the Appropriations Committee in April reviewed a total of $73 million in bond proposals but were constrained by the idea of keeping the total under $50 million, which Langley, and others, said Governor Paul LePage had set as the maximum amount he would support.

Bills proposing a total of $13 million in bonds for expansion at the Jackson Laboratory and Mount Desert Island Biological Laboratory did make it through committee and were signed by Governor LePage this week.

LD 1223 would award $3 million to the Biolab, to be matched by $5.7 million in public and private funds, to modify and expand infrastructure and create a drug discovery and development facility. LD 1756 would award $10 million to Jackson Lab, to be matched by $11 million in private and other funds, to build a research center to discover genetic solutions for cancer and the diseases of aging.

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Robert Levin

Robert Levin

Former reporter Robert Levin covered the people, businesses, governmental and nonprofit agencies of Bar Harbor. [email protected]
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