Under an enterprise program, the costs to operate and maintain water and sewer infrastructure are paid by individual rate payers, as opposed to the entire town or City. This provides a sustainable model for water and sewer infrastructure operation and maintenance that is independent of local tax revenues. To encourage or support enterprise programs, RPCs should:
- Assist municipalities to develop water and wastewater feasibility studies (e.g., grant writing, facilitating steering committees).
- Support local efforts to establish local fire districts or similar structures to build and operate water or wastewater systems.
- Identify opportunities cooperative agreements between adjacent municipalities for inter–municipal enterprise programs.
- Encourage the establishment of enterprise funds, such as the Ludlow Enterprise Fund.
Additional Resource: Urban services districts by NH Innovative Land Use Techniques