Commuter rail, stack 'n' pack housing regs would ruin NH

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To the editor:
Wake up NH!
Commuter rail and high-density housing pose imminent threats to the NH Advantage of low taxes, low unemployment, low crime, high income, solid property values, and clean air.
Commuter rail is being pushed by our federal delegation with Biden's infrastructure bill. Sununu has been an enabler by not doing much to stop those pushing it from within the state. (SB 241)
Proposed system will cost NH taxpayers $11M+ for annual operation and management. NH DOT suggests new taxes including $5 vehicle registration fee, increasing property taxes $15.7 million statewide, diversion of 5% state lottery revenue away from schools, hiking gas taxes on those that can least afford it.
According to NH DOT final report on Nashua-Manchester commuter rail project, "[m]ost state transit funding comes from General Fund appropriations or through traditional taxes and fees, such as motor fuel taxes, sales taxes, and vehicle fees."
This system [MBTA], most bankrupt in the country, derailed or crashed 43 times in 5 years!
High-density laws being proposed to limit or ELIMINATE single-family zoning could place stack 'n' pack housing ANYWHERE, such as right next to your home. Our Governor is pushing Obama's/Biden's AFFH which benefits developers who initially get tax subsidies and then 9 years of tax-free status on their rental units!
More high-density will overwhelm services and cause a rise in taxes, lowering property values of homes in proximity, and make home ownership even more impossible due to rising prices on homes in remaining SFZ areas.
- Jane Aitken,
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November 08, 2021 at 7:45am
A couple of points. Firstly, why should anyone that doesn’t use the rail subsidize other people’s commuting cost?
Second, why are we continually subsidizing housing through tax breaks to offset the high cost of housing? Most of the high cost of housing is brought on by onerous zoning requirements and building codes. In other words, government has created a problem, and the taxpayers are expected to pony up tax dollars to solve it.
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