If all articles pass the municipal portion of the tax rate will rise from $6.32 in 2017 to $6.74 in 2018, or a 6.6% increase. The WWTP bond is not included in the 2018 $6.74 rate, as the bond is not anticipated to hit the tax rate until 2019. However, the bond if approved will add another $.19 to the muni tax rate bringing it up to $6.94 or an 9.8% increase as a result of Warrant Articles approved in March of 2018. Seven proposed articles are funded from the UFB (Unassigned Fund Balance aka accumulated surplus), which would result in a $540,000 withdrawal. Had the UFB not been used in these articles the impact, including the WWTP bond, would result in a muni tax rate of $7.10 or a 12.3% increase.

Town of Hampton 2018 Warrant is current as of 3/8/2018

 Article 45 - $520,000 for Mace Road sidewalk  (1393 Views)  (3 Comments)

Warrant Article Created By: Citizen Petition

Results Votes in Favor Votes opposed Total Votes Required To Pass
1078 1516 50%
Rational Taxpayer's recommends voting No
We believe the expense will exceed the $520,000 by a significant amount.

(As Petitioned)

Shall the town of Hampton vote to raise and appropriate the sum of $520,000 for the construction of an Americans with Disability Act (ADA) compliant 6 foot sidewalk on the west side of Mace Road including installation of ADA compliant ramps and crosswalks connecting Mill Road to High Street.

Recommended by the Board of Selectmen 5-0-0

Not Recommended by the Municipal Budget Committee 3-8-0

Fiscal Impact Note (Finance Dept.) The estimated 2018 tax impact on $520,000 is $0.156 per $1,000 valuation (fifteen point six cents per thousand dollars of valuation).


Comments

# Grand Dragon Saturday, January 20, 2018 7:27 PM
1/2 million for a sidewalk ?? The rational for it made sense but the cost is too rich for me . I believe I heard on TV that the taking of land is required here as the width required for the sidewalk is not available and that may be the reason for the cost but it should have been explained in this article if that is indeed the case. The current problem as explained was the sidewalk is not wide enough to be safe and reaching the 5 corners playground presents a safety risk that people who live in the area do not want to take with their children. I pass on this as the cost of $520 ,000 for one sidewalk is just too much for me to digest!
# stevejnh Sunday, February 18, 2018 2:39 PM
Tough call. Too bad we built a playground in an area that doesn't have very good access. When I saw this I drove down there to check out High St. for side walks. I figured they could use them to access the playground area. But the sidewalk on the North side doesn't go all the way to 5 corners. The one on the South side does, but that isn't practical.
# Grand Dragon Tuesday, March 6, 2018 10:01 PM
upon further review It looks like 9 telephone poles would have to be moved , their are several very large trees in the proposed walkway that would need to be taken down and roots pulled, stone walls that look to be in the walkway. and several locations that look impossible for a 6 foot walkway .I just don't see it for the cost stipulated. The side walk would stretch less than a mile and what it would encounter needs to be truly costed out with a realistic estimate. It's a major undertaking!

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