"We do not desire to own a single home or parcel of land," Fiorentini said in a letter to councilors. "It is our hope that by going to land court, everyone who is delinquent on their taxes will pay them. We have a duty that we owe to the taxpayers who pay their taxes to make certain that everyone pays. Unfortunately, we have a large number of people who are delinquent who have not responded to our late notices."
The final expenditure approved last night is for the rail trail the city is developing on the Bradford side of the Merrimack River, across from downtown.
"We are at a critical point with the rail trail if we are going to meet the deadline imposed by the state to begin construction next year," the mayor said in justifying the need for the money right away.