ROCKLAND — The three bond referendums totaling more than $32 million that were overwhelmingly approved by voters last month may have to be re-voted.

City Clerk Stuart Sylvester said the referendums lacked a statement from the city treasurer that includes information such as Rockland’s current overall outstanding debt. The city clerk said it was an oversight on his part when he was ordering the referendum ballots on a new state portal.

The attorney used by the city to issue bonds discovered the error. Treasurer’s statements are required on bond referendums in Maine.

In the Nov. 8 election, Rockland voters approved a $15 million bond referendum for roads and sidewalks by a 2,360 to 736 vote. The $2.4 million bond referendum for the landfill closure was approved 1,866 to 1,158. The $15 million stormwater bond referendum was approved 2,275 to 796.

One alternative to a re-vote is for the Maine Legislature to vote to validate the referendums despite the lack of a treasurer’s statement.

State Sen. Anne “Pinny” Beebe-Center and Rep. Valli Geiger, both Democrats from Rockland,  attended the Monday night, Dec. 19 City Council meeting at the request of the city. Geiger and Beebe-Center said they would sponsor a bill that would validate the referendum results.

Geiger said she would sponsor the legislation this week and said she expects the full Legislature will approve it. She said that they know this can occur in any community and would want it to be validated for their communities.

The legislators said they would seek to have it approved on an emergency basis which means it would take effect immediately. This would need a two-thirds majority of both the House and the Senate. If the two-thirds margin is not achieved but a simple majority is, the law would not take effect until 90 days after the Legislature adjourns, which occurs in June.

“It’s really just a technicality. It was an oversight. No one is trying to do something behind someone’s back,” Sen. Beebe-Center said.

If the Legislature does not approve a bill, Sylvester said the three bond questions could be placed on the June 2023 ballot.