For decades, the town considered the colony a tax-exempt charitable organization. But after reviewing similar groups from the hospital to the historical society, the Board of Selectmen decided the colony no longer is eligible for the exemption.
State law defines a charitable organization as one that advances "the spiritual, physical, intellectual, social or economic well-being of the general public or a substantial and indefinite segment of the general public that includes residents of the state of New Hampshire."
The MacDowell Colony certainly benefits its artists-in-residence, but "that doesn't strike us as being the general public," said Bob Derosier, one of the town's lawyers.
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