Judge to Rule on Whether Ossipee Voters Get Another Chance at Beach Purchase

Judge to Rule on Whether Ossipee Voters Get Another Chance at Beach Purchase

Ossipee officials claim Camp Sokokis owner Diane Sheehan’s lobbying against the town’s purchase of her Camp Sokokis property was a “blatant contract breach” of her agreement to sell to the town. Sheehan’s attorney said she felt “bullied” into the deal by First Selectman Morgan, and was engaging in “political discourse, which is her right.” A state judge will settle the dispute.

Coalition Supports HB 292 Funding for Milfoil Control

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.

The Raiding of NH’s Dedicated Funds Continues

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.