HAMPTON, N.H. — A lawsuit filed by Hampton officials says the state of New Hampshire has been unjustly enriched with revenue collected from Hampton Beach.

The lawsuit filed in Superior Court in Rockingham Wednesday asks a judge to even out cost responsibilities at the beach. The Portsmouth Herald reports the town provides costly emergency services while the city collects revenue from parking.

Town Attorney Mark Gearreald argues that because of the town providing emergency services, the state has been able to collect $2.2 million in parking revenue each year. The lawsuit also argues for the state to be liable for maintenance of certain crosswalks and sidewalks at the beach.

Republican Gov. Chris Sununu and other state officials previously criticized the town’s lawsuit, authorized by a vote from the select board, as unnecessary.

Information from: Portsmouth Herald, http://www.seacoastonline.com

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