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PRESS RELEASE - Irregularities at Budget Referendum

There were irregularities at York, Maine’s Budget Referendum of May 21st, in particular because a number of absentee ballots were distributed without one of the 11 ballot sheets.  While people have not questioned that the problem was a result of human error, many people have asked the Board of Selectmen to call for a recount and to conduct an investigation.

First, a recount request is time-sensitive.  By State statute, the only way to initiate a recount is by written request of 100 or more people who actually voted in the referendum.  The Board of Selectmen, and even the Town Clerk herself, have no authority to initiate a recount.  A request must be delivered to the Town Clerk no later than 5 working days following the date of ballot certification.  Mary-Anne Szeniawski stated this means she must receive the request no later than 4:30 PM on Tuesday, May 31st.  There is no standard for this request, so a simple sentence requesting the recount of Question #2 on the School Budget Validation Referendum could be printed at the top of each page, and voters could sign and print their names.  This request, if it contains enough signatures and is delivered within the correct timeframe, is the only means of obtaining a recount.
Second, what went wrong?  Protecting the integrity of our voting process is paramount.  Whether there is a recount or not, it is vital that the problem be documented and understood, and that steps be taken to prevent recurrence in the future.  Our Town Clerk has agreed to prepare a report that documents the procedures used and the problem experienced, along with proposed steps to be taken to prevent future recurrence of such problems to the greatest extent possible.  She will prepare this report after her office has completed its work on the State Primary in June.
Contact:  Stephen H. Burns, Town Manager, 207-363-1000,
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May 21, 2016 Election Results

Click HERE to see the results of the May 21, 2016 Referenda.

School Budget Town Meeting

The School Budget Town Meeting was be held on Tuesday, May 10, 2016. 

For results, CLICK HERE.

Single-Use Plastic Carry-Out Bag Ordinance Taking Effect

The Single-Use Plastic Carry-Out Bag Ordinance will be taking effect on March 3, 2016. This ordinance prohibits single-use plastic carry-out bags provided by retailers at checkout through out York.

Read the ordinance HERE

Questions should be directed to the Code Enforcement Office (207) 363-1002

York River and the Partnership Wild and Scenic Program

For updates on the study of the York River and the Partnership Wild and Scenic River Program

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Long Sands Beach Master Plan

The public facilities (Bathhouse, Roadway, Sidewalks and Drainage) in the Long Sands Beach area of York Beach were constructed in the 40’s & 50’s. These much used facilities are functionally deficient and have out lived their useful life. The voters of the Town of York have approved three separate capital improvement projects: A drainage project just north of the Anchorage Inn was approved in May of 2012; A second drainage project just north of the Long Sands Bathhouse and the replacement and expansion of the Long Sands Bathhouse was approved in May of 2013.

In an effort to take advantage of economies of scale, close proximity and improve coordination between the above mentioned capital improvement projects the Board of Selectmen authorized combining the survey work for all four capital projects.

Follow the entire process of the proposed Long Sands Beach Master Plan:

The Planning Department is now holding walk-in hours!

Beginning July 1, 2015 the Planning Department will be holding walk-in hours on Mondays from 2:00 - 4:00 pm and on Wednesdays from 10:00 am - 12:00 noon. This is a time when you can meet with the Town Planner without an appointment to discuss your project and/or upcoming Planning Board agenda items.

Board and Committee Openings

The York Board of Selectmen encourages citizens to apply for any and all Board, Commission and Committee vacancies. Please visit the Town Manager's page or contact Missy Avery, Assistant to the Town Manager for more information on vacancies and applying for membership.


Town Manager

Stephen H. Burns


Phone. (207) 363-1000
Fax. (207) 363-1009/1019



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York, Maine 03909

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Wendy Anderson
Finance Director 
(207) 363-1004, Ext. 224

Amber Harrison
Code Enforcement 
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Mary-Anne Szeniawski
Town Clerk & Tax Collector
(207) 363-1003, Ext. 272

Richard C. Mace
Tax Assessor
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Douglas P. Bracy
Chief of Police
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Dean Lessard
Director of Public Works
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Michael J. Sullivan
Director of Parks & Recreation
(207) 363-1040

Chris Balentine
Village Fire Chief
(207) 363-1015

David K. Bridges
Beach Fire Chief
(207) 363-1014

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