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Rockport TIF
  • Published
    August 15, 2011

    Rockport development plan gains state approval

    A development program connected with Rockport's downtown tax increment financing district, along with estimated costs of $1,826,770, has been approved by Department of Economic and Community Development Commissioner George Gervais. In a letter dated Aug. 4, Gervais informed Town Manager Robert Peabody that the plan was approved to direct increased tax value in the district toward public land improvements for ...

  • Published
    February 26, 2011

    Final Rockport TIF meeting scheduled

    The town of Rockport will hold the last of three community conversations designed to provide residents with a better understanding of tax increment financing districts on Thursday, March 3 at 6 p.m. at the Rockport Town Office. The meeting will focus on the fiscal details for the Downtown Tax Increment Finance District. Included in the discussion will be an in-depth look at the financial aspects of the Downtown ...

  • Published
    February 15, 2011

    Rockport encourages citizen participation

    The Rockport Planning and Community Development Office will hold a series of three open houses at the Rockport Elementary School for residents interested in the future of the site. The Select Board has appointed an Ad Hoc RES Re-Development Committee to explore the possible reuses of this site. The committee has circulated a request for conceptual development proposals that are due in late March. The open ...

  • Published
    January 12, 2011

    Rockport rejects gymnastics school, resurrects development plan

    Confusion over the logistics for a tax increment financing plan approved by Rockport voters in 2009 led to heated discussion at a meeting of that town's Select Board on Monday, Jan 10. Rockport has two TIF districts and the discussion centered on the development plan for the Downtown TIF. Although that district and its development plan were given preliminary approval by the Department of Economic and Community ...

  • Published
    January 7, 2011

    Rockport resurrects downtown tax finance program

    When the Rockport Select Board meets Monday evening, Jan 10, selectmen will have before them a new proposed Downtown Tax Increment Financing Development Program. According to a memorandum sent to the board by Town Manager Robert Peabody Jan. 7, the two recent major changes from the program that voters rejected in June 2010 are the removal of the Credit Enhancement Program and the requirement that any funds ...

  • Published
    October 29, 2010

    Rockport Select Board to review tax financing plans

    The Rockport Select Board will meet Wednesday, Nov. 3 at 7 p.m. to discuss ways to proceed with Tax Increment Financing Districts in the town. On June 8, voters rejected development programs for the Rockport Commercial Street and Downtown Tax Increment Financing District after one of the original applications for the two TIF zones approved by Rockport voters in November 2009 was found to be missing a key set of ...

  • Published
    July 1, 2010

    Planning for former Rockport school put on hold

    When Rockport voters at the June 9 town meeting defeated two articles that would have completed applications for two tax increment financing districts, they may have inadvertently put the brakes on the redevelopment of the former Rockport Elementary School property on West Street, known as RES East. In November, a committee overseeing the RES East redevelopment began to gather ideas on the future use of the ...

  • Published
    June 5, 2010

    Murphy to replace Duke on Rockport Select Board; voters reject tax shift plans

    Rockport voters replaced two incumbents when they voted by secret ballot June 8. For the single three-year position of Select Board member and overseer of the poor, voters chose Tracy Lee Murphy over incumbent Chairman Robert Duke in a vote of 614-439. The Maine School Administrative District 28 and Five Town Community School District boards will see Gretchen Richards replace incumbent Geoffrey Parker. The ...

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