“It’s incredibly disappointing,” Fitzgerald said. “Every property taxpayer in New Hampshire should feel badly about this decision. “
Howard said he understands taxpayers’ frustration, but he believes blame is being directed at the wrong party.
“We were simply caught up in it because it was licensed and accredited,” Howard said. “The people who owned the site were not doing what they were supposedly doing.”
The land was previously owned by Mark Henry. He was sent to prison for 37 months for environmental fraud in 1996.
“The previous owners are the ones who incurred the tax and they are the ones who are responsible for it,” Howard said. “We go above and beyond in terms of doing the things we are responsible for. We are placed in a difficult position, but the reality is we are doing a good deed.”
Contaminated soil is being removed from the site now, but the cleanup won’t be complete until 2017.