May 23, 2018
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Houlton council supports tax incentives to assist Madigan Estates with $1.2 million expansion

By Sarah Berthiaume, Houlton Pioneer Times

HOULTON, Maine — Councilors here have given their initial OK to creating a tax increment financing district in support of a proposed $1.2 million expansion of an 86-bed skilled nursing and long-term care facility on Military Street.

“We’re making a substantial investment in the community, and we really appreciate your consideration of this,” Jim Brown, speaking for Madigan Estates, told councilors at their May 12 meeting. “We’re really excited about this and we think it will be good for everyone involved.”

The expansion would make room for additional beds and add about 15 full-time jobs at Madigan Estates, he said. The project also calls for renovations to some of the existing building.

“There’s a tremendous unmet need [for these services],” Brown said. “Most local providers are at capacity right now.”

The councilors unanimously approved forging ahead with creating tax incentives for the project.

“I’m just thrilled about this. I think it will be good for Madigan and good for the town,” said Councilor Sue Tortello.

Interim Town Manager Butch Asselin said the process of creating a tax increment financing district for Madigan could take up to six months.

“This is just the first step in a very intensive process,” he told the panel.

Eaton Peabody Consulting Group has been enlisted to help the town navigate the process of creating the TIF. The cost for their services could reach $15,000.

During the meeting, Council Chairman Paul Cleary also announced that 18 people have applied to fill the town manager vacancy. Eugene Conlogue resigned last month after a year and a half in the position.

“The process has begun and we will keep everyone updated,” Cleary said before the council went into executive session to review resumes.


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