Maine State law: Title 22, Part 5, Chapter 1161 mandates that each municipality must administer a service for the immediate aid of persons who are unable to provide basic necessities. Each municipality is legally required to administer a General Assistance program in accordance with the state law and an ordinance adopted by the municipal officers (section 4305). The Town of Buxton adopted a municipal General Assistance Ordinance and adopts amendments (Appendixes A-C) each October 1st of each year.
The Role of the Municipality: Administer a service (General Assistance) for the immediate aid of persons who are unable to provide basic necessities, keep complete and accurate records and maintain confidentiality.
The Town of Buxton appoints a General Assistance Administrator. The Administrator is designated to receive applications, make decisions concerning an applicant’s right to receive assistance, and prepare records and communications concerning assistance. (22 M.R.S.A. section 4301(12))