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TIF Arts District designated in Kingfield

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KINGFIELD — A Special Town Meeting was held Oct. 26 so that voters could decide on changes to the Municipal and Development Tax Increment Financing District Development Program. About a dozen voters took 10 minutes to pass two articles.

After making an amendment to the original article, voters approved designating an Arts District that would include the area surrounding Skowhegan Savings Bank, portions of the west bank of the Carrabassett River and the field south of town. Selectman Brian Hatfield voiced concern with potential conflicts over the current Land Use Ordinance for the field if it were included in the Arts District. The article passed with an amendment stating nothing in the article would repeal the current Land Use Ordinance.

Voters also approved creating an Omnibus to allow selectmen to enter into multiple credit enhancement agreements with investors without needing to submit an amendment for each agreement.

Kingfield created the original Municipal TIF District in 2007 when the Poland Spring bottling facility was built. These changes are the first amendments to the eight-year-old agreement.

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Original Publication Date: November 4, 2015

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