Ted Siefer's City Hall: Taxing issue resolved, but alderman still angry
Without attempting to parse the intricacies of trust and estate law, the court agreed with the Robidouxs' attorney that they were still the rightful owners of the property and deserving of the exemption, even if the home was in an irrevocable trust.
At the same time, he noted that the appeals board "denied the taxpayer's request for costs and attorney fees."
"In general terms, it's probably not going to have a huge impact because this particular trust has some features in it that you don't see other trusts use," he said.
"He was wrong," Hirschmann said of Gagne. "And he cost the city some money and the taxpayer some money."
Assistant Superintendent Dave Ryan no longer has to worry about putting his Hooksett home on the market - or having to reapply for his job.
The school board on Monday resoundingly rejected a motion to repost the position, after the board voted last month to end its short-lived policy of requiring top school administrators to take up residence in Manchester.
Only board members Langton and Art Beaudry voted to repost the job.
For years, school board members have talked of getting rid of the reviled "portables" on school campuses. Set up as stop-gap measures to meet the district's space needs, the portables have become seemingly permanent fixtures at many schools.
Of course, it will be another matter where the district finds the money to build approximately 27,760 square feet of brick-and-mortar classrooms - that's the amount of space offered by the district's 18 portables.
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