Windham officials balk at water proposal
Following a lengthy discussion at Monday night's meeting, the Windham Board of Selectmen voted against placing the warrant article on the ballot, with two of the four board members present voting "nay" on the matter.
Hohenberger said he couldn't support such an expense. "I'm against it for the simple fact that you're asking the entire town to pick up the price of something that will only benefit a small portion," he told Valentine.
"As I try to weigh all the benefits, I just don't think municipal water is absolutely necessary to extend development," Difruscia said.
A January 2012 municipal study on the cost of public services indicated that new commercial development would result in a net gain of 78 cents for every tax dollar collected in Windham, while the town's master plan calls for an increase in the commercial tax base to 10 percent of total valuation by 2014.
He declined to identify where, exactly, that neighborhood is located as several owners asked him not to, citing concerns about diminishing property values.
Board Chairman Phil Lochiatto voted in favor of the putting the water study before voters.
"I'd say the number one deterrent of economic development in our town is the (lack of municipal water)," he said. "That's a huge deterrent."
Valentine now has until Jan. 14 to submit a citizen's petition on the water study should he decide to do so.
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