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Boothby seriously considering run for Executive Council

MEREDITH — Christopher Boothby, a former Belknap County Commissioner, said yesterday that, "I am giving serious consideration to running for the Executive Council in District 1." The seat fell open with passing of Ray Burton of Bath who held it for 35 of the past 37 years.

Boothby, a Republican from Meredith, served as an intern with Burton while attending graduate school at the University of New Hampshire. "Ray was a fixture in our personal lives and public lives for more than 30 years," he said yesterday. "His death was such hard news to receive."

Burton, he continued, "provided the district with a level of public service its people have come to expect and should expect in the future."

For the past 15 years Boothby and his wife Maren have owned and operated Boothby Therapy Services, a Laconia firm that provide occupational and speech therapy services to school districts. During the same period he also worked at LRGHealthcare, as director of outpatient services as well as in philanthropy and community affairs.

Boothby served as a Belknap County Commissioner for 12 years and during his tenure was twice president of the New Hampshire Association of Counties. While out o the country for the past several weeks, he said he received calls encouraging him to seek to succeed Burton, including from those he described as "members of Ray's extended public family. If we were to decide to run," he remarked, "we would do so with great enthusiasm." Growing and strengthening the regional economy, he called the major challenge facing the state. "As someone with a business background who has built and operated a successful business, I believe I would bring the necessary skills to that job," he said.

The filing period for the special election will be on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday — November 25, 26 and 27 — of next week and Monday, December 2 of the week after. If only one candidate from each party files for election, the general election will be held on January 11. If two or more candidates from each party file, a primary election will be held on January 11 and the general election on March 11, town meeting day in New Hampshire.

District 1 includes about two-thirds of the land area of the state, from the Connecticut Lakes near the Canadian border down I-93 as far south as Tilton. It includes all of the townships and cities in Coos and Grafton counties plus 41 other towns and cities in Strafford, Belknap, Merrimack and Sullivan counties.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 20 November 2013 12:51

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Moultonborough tax commitment ticks up just 0.1% for 2013

MOULTONBOROUGH — The New Hampshire Department of Revenue Administration has set the 2013 tax rate at $8.89 per $1,000 of assessed value, 13 cents or 1.51 percent over the 2012 rate of $8.56.

The amount to be raised by taxes declined by $27,686, or 0.1 percent, from $23,180, 421 to $23,152,735 while the total assessed valuation decreased by $60,825,127, or 2.2 percent, from $2,747,723,898 to $2,686,898,771.

The town tax rose from $2.73 to $2.77. the state education tax from $2.52 to $2.66 and the county tax from $$1.11 to $1.13 while the local school tax dropped from $2.20 to $2.13.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 20 November 2013 02:01

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Man exposes himself to employees of restaurant in Belmont

BELMONT — Police are seeking information about an unknown man who went to the back window of the China Garden Restaurant around 8:28 p.m. on Sunday and exposed himself to the staff.

Reports obtained from police said the man stood outside a rear window and was masturbating when the caller and her employees saw him and screamed.

Police said the man was too short to have his private parts be visible from the window so he stood on two overturned 5-gallon pails.

When the owner went into the kitchen to get one of the cooks, the man ran to his car, described as a silver or tan four-door sedan. The employees were unable to get a plate number.

The employees were also not able to "provide any descriptors on the subject."

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call Belknap Police at 267-8351.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 20 November 2013 01:59

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Credit will offset most of health insurance hike for Laconia schools

LACONIA — School District Business Administrator Ed Emond told members of the Budget and Personnel Committee last night that the 2014-2015 health insurance budget will go up by 2 percent.

Emond said the increase from insurance underwriter School Care — a Cigna Insurance product — was contractually capped at 10 percent but the district qualified for what amounts to an 8 percent credit toward its 2014-2015 premiums.

He explained the credit stems from the recent Local Government Center-related ruling that caps the amount a company that insures municipalities and school districts can hold in reserve.

Although the Laconia School District does not use LGC as its insurance carrier, the principal established by the recently adjudicated lawsuit applies to all municipal insurers.

In other news, Emond told the committee that the school's so-called educational adequacy grant from the state was reduced by $125,000 for the 2013-2014 year, meaning the district has to absorb the hit from other budget lines. He said the contingency line had $25,000 in it and the rest of the money comes from various savings in other line items, including transportation and fuel, salary lines from all the schools, and interest and principal on debt.

Emond explained the $1 million bond for the Huot Technical Center Project that was approved by the Laconia City Council last year was approved late in the fiscal year so the $75,000 budgeted for principal and interest for this year is unnecessary.

The first payment on the bond — $50,000 in principal and $26,800 in interest — is due July 1, 2014 or the beginning of the next fiscal year. He cautioned members that the $76,800 must be budgeted for 2014-15.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 20 November 2013 01:56

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