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Oral arguments in Teeboom spending cap suit appeal continued

FILE PHOTO Fred S. Teeboom

CONCORD – Citing a long-standing, out-of-state commitment, the attorney representing former Nashua alderman Fred Teeboom in his Supreme Court appeal of a lower court order in his spending cap suit has filed a motion to continue next month’s oral arguments.

Attorney Chuck Douglas said in his brief, two-page motion that lawyers for the defendants, the city of Nashua and Mayor Jim Donchess, assented to the motion, which a judge subsequently granted.

The arguments had been scheduled for April 10. A new date has not yet been set.

It was just about a year ago that Teeboom and fellow former Nashua alderman Dan Moriarty appealed to the Supreme Court an order handed down by Superior Court Judge Charles Temple. In that order, Temple dismissed Teeboom’s 2017 lawsuit.

Teeboom, a key figure in the crafting, and passage, of the spending cap in the 1990s, accused the city of violating the cap by enacting a new accounting system for the city’s wastewater budget.

Moriarty later joined in the suit, and is represented by attorney Seth Hipple. Teeboom said Douglas began to represent him when he filed the Supreme Court appeal.

Due to court rules, an appeal in such a case is mandatory, making its acceptance by the Supreme Court a formality.