Unelected Governing “Prudential Committees”
The Local Improvement Districts created under 40T would be governed by “Prudential Committees”, selected by the developers who petitioned for the district, and serving terms not exceeding five years. In the first five years, most of the key decisions regarding the projects undertaken and the assessments to be imposed will have been made. Successor prudential committee members would be appointed – not elected – by the municipal governing body (the mayor with City Council approval, or the Board of Selectmen). Prudential committee members would presumably be selected from among the landowners in the district, although the bill does not make such a requirement explicit. Unlike members of a condominium association, prudential committee members would never be elected by district landowners from among the class of district landowners. The owners or occupants of the District never get to vote for the Prudential Committee.