Proposed bill would enable Hooksett deal with Walmart
Hooksett state Sen. David Boutin said he hopes his proposed legislation, SB 223, which was written with the help of the state Department of Revenue Adjustment, will be signed into law by the end of February.
"I am very happy Boutin put it forward; it's a good idea. We are looking to get this project done, and the DRA said what we wanted to do wouldn't work. It was Boutin's idea to do it this way. It's innovative, and another good thing is that it will help everyone in the state, not just us," Shankle said.
"Originally, Walmart was going to build a wastewater plant at the facility, which they would have had to build and maintain. But for them, putting the sewer in, they don't have to spend to maintain that. And the bill spells out that there has to be a clear accounting of the money going in and out. The great thing for taxpayers is that they don't have to pay for the development, and there is no interest accruing as well," Boutin said.
Boutin said the bill has been well-received at the capital. Shankle added that at a Wednesday hearing on the bill at the Legislative Office Building in Concord, he heard very little, if any, opposition to the bill.
"Then when the governor signs it, Walmart can start proceeding and get design done, so they can begin construction in the spring," Boutin said.
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