CHESTER – On Thursday evening, April 20, the Chester Board of Selectmen held a Public Hearing on the proposed Land Use Change Tax (LUCT) Fund, which will appear as Article 11, on the Chester Warrant. Chairman Stephen Landau kept the hearing open throughout the meeting in case someone watching at home decided to come to Town Hall to comment or ask a question and closed it just prior to going into non-public.
Rhonda Lamphere, a member of the town’s Budget Committee spoke, stating that it was important to recognize that based on this article, if approved, all moneys received through the Land Use Change Tax, would go into the new LUCT Fund first. Then, depending on what happens with Article 12 – changing the percentage of the LUCT money from 100 percent going to Conservation to 75 percent to Conservation and 25 percent being retained for specific use by the Board of Selectmen (BOS) on town needs – money would be transferred to Conservation. She suggested this was adding another transfer step to the process.