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Entries for February 2018

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Improper Use of the Road Maintenance Fund with Article 9 will drain the Fund
By Norm Silberdick @ 8:08 AM :: 932 Views :: 0 Comments :: Letters to the Editor

The Road Improvement Fund should be prioritized for use on those roads in Hampton that need to be reconstructed, paved or otherwise improved, NOT for the beautification project by Experience Hampton in Article 44 of last year’s warrant.

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Average Single-Family Home Property Tax $7,150 estimate for 2018
By Norm Silberdick @ 5:14 AM :: 1249 Views :: 0 Comments :: Letters to the Editor

If all municipal, SAU90 and Winnacunnet High School warrant articles pass this March the Hampton tax rate will increase by 7% to $17.53 this year. The accumulative increase in the taxes on an average single-family home will have risen from $5,989 in 2014 to $7,150 in 2018, a 19% increase of over $1,000 in only 4 years. At this rate we will be at $9,000 in another five years. The 2018 estimate does not even include the $11.8 million WWTP bond on the ballot, if approved it will not hit the tax rate until 2019.

In the past few years a number of high cost warrant articles have passed by less than 25 votes. With little effort, you can make a difference!

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Support Warrant Article 7 - Waste Water Treatment Upgrades
By Norm Silberdick @ 9:18 PM :: 1135 Views :: 0 Comments :: Letters to the Editor

Rational Taxpayers of Hampton will support Warrant Article 7 calling for a bond issue for $11,780,000 for necessary upgrades to the Waste Water Treatment Plant. During the public hearings for this project and at Public Comments, Rational Taxpayer members and its supporters spoke up to challenge the original amount of the bond issue which resulted in a $2 million reduction.

Areas that we remain concerned about include:

Saturday, February 17, 2018

What does "No Tax Impact" mean?
By Norm Silberdick @ 4:23 PM :: 1069 Views :: 0 Comments :: Letters to the Editor

each article should stand on its own merits and not be a scheme devised by the Board of Selectmen to mislead the voters