In addition to the challenges of finding money to treat his lake’s milfoil infestations, Association president Michael Allard says the bureaucracy of milfoil control is “insane.”
In a NH Union Leader guest editorial, Bob Reynolds, head of the organization Fair Funding for Invasives Control and executive director of Ossipee Lake Alliance, explains why the proposed $2 boat registration fee increase for milfoil control makes economic sense for the state and will benefit lake communities like Freedom and Ossipee. The bill is with the State Senate, which could debate it as early as this week.
This NH Union Leader editorial states that the struggle to balance the budget is nothing new, but unfortunately neither is the solution. Once again, the governor and our legislators plan to dip into dedicated funds to balance the books. It’s hardly a winning strategy. Dedicated funds are those fees paid by users, or participants in certain activities, that are “dedicated” because they are designed to fund or cover costs associated with those specific activities. In state government, there are hundreds of such fees, established over time to fund specific purposes. We have posted this editorial as we believe the issue will assume increased importance to lake communities as the state increases its share of milfoil control funding.
Based on an affidavit by the previous owner, DES says all docks at Lakefront Landing Marina are “grandfathered.” but six channel docks must be moved closer to shore via the state permitting process.
More than 60 Ossipee Lake property owners have filed a second lawsuit, alleging that assessed property values “bear no rational relationship to the actual fair market values of the properties…”