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NH News
4:30 pm
Mon November 17, 2014

Fitch Lowers Manchester's Bond Credit Rating

City Hall in Manchester
Credit Bryan Marble via Flickr CC

One of the big three credit rating agencies has downgraded Manchester’s overall bond rating.

Fitch Ratings has lowered Manchester’s rating from AA+ to AA. The agency cites the city’s tax cap, rising pension costs and its deficit that caused the city to raise taxes beyond its cap.

Manchester owes $122 million in general bonds and about $59 million in school facilities revenue bonds. The school bond rating also dipped from AA to AA-. But Fitch kept its rating outlook at ‘stable.’

Last year, ratings agency Moody’s similarly downgraded Manchester’s credit rating.

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NH News
4:44 pm
Thu May 1, 2014

Smoking Ban Takes Effect In Manchester's Public Housing

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Non-smokers living in Manchester’s public housing are getting a little more breathing room.

A smoking ban goes into effect today for the city’s 1,400 public housing units.

Dick Dunfey, Executive Director of the Manchester Housing and Redevelopment Authority, says it will be a tough transition for some residents. 

We totally recognize how difficult this is going to be for certain smokers, but we do believe it's over-ridden by the health benefits for those who live near and with them. 

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NH News
6:49 am
Mon November 5, 2012

Manchester's Charter Commission Election: All About The Schools

Speed dating at the charter commission meet and greet in the Central High library.
Ryan Lessard NHPR


On Tuesday, Manchester voters will pick nine names from a list of 62 candidates vying to serve on the city’s charter commission. And public education is a central issue.

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