Belknap lawmakers divide along party lines on taxing non-profits vote

CONCORD — The Belknap County Delegation divided strictly along long party lines when the New Hampshire House of Representatives last week rejected legislation to levy the Business Enterprise Tax on some non-profit organizations, including most hospitals, and lower the rate of the tax.

The House voted to kill the bill by just ten votes, 173 to 163.

Twelve of the 13 Republican members from the county voted in favor of the proposal — Reps. Richard Burchell of Gilmanton, Guy Comtois of Barnstead, Jane Cormier and Stephen Holmes of Alton, Dennis Fields of Sanbornton, Bob Greemore, Herb Vadney and Colette Worsman of Meredith, Bob Luther and Frank Tilton of Laconia, and Charles Fink and Michael Sylvia of Belmont. Rep. Don Flanders of Laconia was absent and did not vote.

The five Democrats on the delegation — Reps. Beth Arsenault and Daviud Huot of Laconia, Lisa DiMartino of Gilford, Ruth Gulick of New Hampton and Ian Raymond of Sanbornton — voted with the majority to kill the bill.