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      We are a diverse group of Hampton residents from all walks of life and political persuasions. We are advocates for the Hampton taxpayer.  Our objective is to assure that value is being obtained for the tax dollars that we are asked to pay. We closely scrutinize all financial issues associated with the town of Hampton and its schools as they affect taxes and advocate accordingly. We can do this very effectively since we are free of any special interest influences hence remain objective on all issues. We choose to remain anonymous so that special interests cannot focus on character assassinations but are forced to focus on the substance that we report or give recommendations on.

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Monday, January 4, 2016

Town Manager's perplexing actions
By Norm Silberdick @ 9:46 AM :: 3113 Views :: 1 Comments :: Letters to the Editor

Trying to understand the actions of the Selectmen and the Town Manager this past year has been perplexing to say the least... Budget Committee informational requests, including a meeting with the Assessor, copies of warrant articles and interaction with the DPW Director, were regularly stonewalled by the Town Manager...

Monday, December 28, 2015

Chairman of the Trustees of the Trust Funds responds to Hampton Board of Selectmen
By Norm Silberdick @ 5:44 AM :: 3906 Views :: 1 Comments :: Letters to the Editor

The September 3, 2015 SEC Administrative proceeding against Warren J. Mackensen and his company, Mackensen & Company, Inc. (MCI), has raised some questions and concerns about the assets under management in various NH town trusts.

NH statutes make holding positions as a Selectman and Trustee at the same time incompatible offices for a good reason.

The Trustees have served the citizens well. We wish to continue to do so unencumbered by harassment and town politics.

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Town Manager Welch rightfully unpleasant at being called a “cheat and a liar”
By Norm Silberdick @ 7:57 AM :: 3403 Views :: 1 Comments :: Letters to the Editor

At the Board of Selectmen’s meeting December 7th, Town Manager Fred Welch stated during public comment stated “that it’s not a pleasant thing to come to work each day and be told you are a cheat and a liar, and that’s exactly what’s been going on.”

We at Rational Taxpayers of Hampton

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Hampton River Marina, Eminent Domain Taking?
By Benjamin Franklin @ 8:54 AM :: 3301 Views :: 1 Comments :: Letters to the Editor

Letter to the Editor

I find it very difficult to overcome my shock at reading about the board even discussing in public the Taking of a Private Business for use as a Public Park. That has to be the

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Helping Selectmen Bean to a fuller understanding
By Norm Silberdick @ 7:21 PM :: 3590 Views :: 1 Comments :: Letters to the Editor

Selectmen Bean's statement that “We’ve got guys looking for pay raises that haven’t gotten pay raises in a long time” has been researched by us, Rational Taxpayers of Hampton.

Here is our research findings.

Monday, November 2, 2015

Fantasy used to justify Tax Hike
By Norm Silberdick @ 11:25 AM :: 4119 Views :: 1 Comments :: Letters to the Editor

Mr. Griffin’s comparisons to other towns are fantasy.

“While the tax rate has increased, Griffin said it’s important to note that Hampton’s tax rate is still relatively lower than in neighboring towns. I look at what’s going to be happening in Exeter and Newmarket. Hampton’s tax rate is a bargain compared to some towns like Durham,” Griffin said. “Hampton’s tax rate is not going up as fast as the other towns around it.”

Selectmen Griffin's tax comparisions reflect not "relatively lower tax rate", but in fact actual fantasy.

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Early Preview of Hampton's Tax Increase
By Norm Silberdick @ 10:47 AM :: 3561 Views :: 1 Comments :: Letters to the Editor

For 2016 the Town Manager has proposed over forty tax impact warrant articles to the Board of Selectmen in addition to the operating budget. Although the 2016 operating budget itself is fairly flat when compared with last year’s budget, the basic ploy here is to have the ...

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Unethical tactics behind mid-year pay raises
By Norm Silberdick @ 6:10 AM :: 4077 Views :: 1 Comments :: Letters to the Editor

We are especially concerned that the selectmen need to exercise diligence in their administrative duties. The idea that the Board of Selectmen have given a salary increase in excess of 50 percent or $30,000 to one employee, but have no money for part time employees is blatantly unfair. In addition, the BOS have violated their own purchasing policies by awarding over $2 million in the trash disposal and hauling contracts to designated vendors resulting in a lawsuit that ultimately saved the town several hundred thousand dollars. These are egregious examples of sloppy oversight and/or cronyism. The taxpayers of Hampton can ill afford to have lazy selectmen and weak town administration, if the town expects to have a bright future.

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Town Manager Ploy to side step the voters
By Norm Silberdick @ 11:24 PM :: 3944 Views :: 1 Comments :: Letters to the Editor

The Town Manager and Board of Selectmen are fast tracking an “emergency request” to the State of New Hampshire Department of Revenue for approval to withdraw funds from the Town’s undesignated fund balance to

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Selectmen's Goals - What SHOULD BE
By Norm Silberdick @ 5:03 PM :: 4634 Views :: 1 Comments :: Letters to the Editor

When the Selectmen met April 7th to establish their goals and objectives for this year, the takeaways that we got were as follows:

  • we need more employees
  • we need to pay our employees more money
  • the trust funds should be stripped with the money removed going towards infrastructure

Demonstrating an unwillingness to listen and respond to the voters message with amended plans, the Selectmen’s comments primarily focused on the voters - who overwhelmingly turned down the Operating budget. The following Selectmen's comments were met with shared enthusiasm among themselves.

  • need to do a better job selling it
  • do better job on presentation
  • need to educate the public

It was telling that most of the meeting was dedicated to Department Heads requests for additional resources, that there was no Public Comment period on the agenda and

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