February 23, 2007
Articles may violate state law
Town's failure to
comply with state RSA may negate voting results in March
Voters in March may no longer have to decide whether or not to support the
three Tax Increment Financing (TIF) articles (22, 23 & 24) at this
year's Town Vote, as it was
alledged yesterday that
those articles appear on the Town Warrant in violation of state
RSA 162:K-9 (III)
governing the establishment of TIF districts mandates that prior to
formation of a TIF district, the town must provide the county and school board
with the opportunity to meet with the town to discuss information
regarding fiscal and economic implications of the proposed development district.
At such meetings, county commissioners and the school boards can present their recommendations at public
The law also states that a TIF plan may include agreements with the county
and school boards to share a portion of the captured tax increments of the district.
However, it appears none of these requirements were met by the
As a result, Articles 22, 23 and 24 may not legally enforceable, rendering
the passage or failure of those articles moot.
THE VALIDITY OF ARTICLES 22, 23 & 24 WAS RECENTLY CHALLENGED BY THE
GOFFSTOWN SCHOOL DISTRICT AS APPEARING ON THE TOWN WARRANT IN VIOLATION OF
POTENTIALLY RENDERING THEIR SUBSEQUENT PASSAGE OR FAILURE UNENFORCEABLE.
VOTE ON THESE ARTICLES NEVERTHELESS ON MARCH 13TH.
here for more information...)
Leader article of 2/24/07
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