One of the businesses on Campion Road, a major gateway to the town, is closing its doors. Madden Concrete and Masonry Supply is for sale. . . .This guy makes it sound like N. H. put concrete shoes on his business!
. . . But Madden also slammed New Hartford officials for failing to keep development going so construction-oriented businesses like his could survive.
“Town government destroyed development in New Hartford with restrictions and taxes,” he said. “Inept government really took for granted that no matter what the Planning Board requirements were that New Hartford was somehow blessed to the point that development would continue no matter what.”
While I agree with Mr. Madden that taxes are a big problem, I disagree that it is a Town function to "to keep development going so construction-oriented businesses like his could survive." This reveals a sense of entitlement among some NH elite that government must be run in a way that suits their needs, while those of everyone else can go to hell.
The problem with New Hartford is that for many years it DID try "to keep development going". This created the need for more public infrastructure and services that town residents -- including Mr. Madden -- can no longer afford to pay for with taxes.
New Hartford's policies that favored development and certain businesses ultimately created the need for taxation that will kill both.