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Rain tax to fall on Granite State?

On April 26, 2010, in Economy, Nashua, by Mark Cookson
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Rain tax to fall on Granite State?

New Hampshire Union Leader Staff

MANCHESTER – What one New Hampshire official calls “a rain tax” could soon fall on Granite State taxpayers.

New federal storm water runoff permits and what they require have some communities around the country instituting new fees and property tax surcharges. New Hampshire could be next.

Compliance costs to nearly 40 southern New Hampshire municipalities would be steep — estimates are more than $4 million in Manchester and $2 million in Portsmouth in the first five years.

In a letter to the EPA, Nashua Mayor Donnalee Lozeau writes the city is in a preliminary stages of determining if a storm water utility is viable to pay for the operation, maintenance and improvements to its drainage collection system, but any decision is at least five years away.

Right now, she notes, the city does not have the money to meet the new permit requirements.

via Rain tax to fall on Granite State? – Monday, Apr. 26, 2010.