Taxpayers reminded that registering boats at City Hall offsets property taxes

LACONIA — City Clerk Mary Reynolds is reminding boat owners that by registering their vessels at City Hall they can ensure that the city receives a share of the proceeds, which adds to the revenues that offset property taxes.

"It's easy and convenient," Reynolds said, explaining that all that is required to complete the paperwork is a photo identification and prior year's registration. a share of the proceeds they can register their vessels at City Hall.

The City Clerk became a boat agent in 2011, joining the five marinas in the city — Irwin Marine, Paugus Bay Marina, Lakeport Landing, Thurston's Marina and Channel Marine — in a bid to recoup revenues foregone when owners register with the state. Since 2006, when the city collected $117,000, revenue from boat fees have shrunk by 45-percent to $65,000.

The City Clerk's office at City Hall is open weekdays from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. In accordance with state law, an additional $5 is charged for each registration processed by an authorized agent.