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
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
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
GILFORD — Buffeted by high winds, a trial balloon, floated to measure the visual impact of a proposed cellular telephone antenna tower on nearby residences, burst yesterday just hours after the Planning Board and Zoning Board of Adjustment, meeting the night before, postponed a public hearing on the controversial project until December.
New Cingular Wireless PCS, doing business as AT&T, and American Tower Corporation, LLC, the construction manager, have applied to erect a 100-foot monopole tower with 12 antennas on the southeast corner of a 148-acre tract owned by the Traditional Catholics of New Hampshire, much of which consists of the Bolduc Farm, managed by Armand and Ernie Bolduc. The tower would stand 100 feet from the property line of two adjoining lots, one a house lot at 38 David Lewis Road owned by Kevin Lacasse and the other a vacant 5.27-acre parcel reached from Stark Street owned by Roger Baron. Both Lacasse and Baron, together with the other eight homeowners on David Lewis Road are opposed to the citing of the tower.
The balloon test was arranged by AT&T and American Tower Corporation in hopes of demonstrating that the tower would not have the impact the neighbors fear. Niam Soule of KMB Design Group arrived at David Lewis Road with two yellow balloons filling the back seat of his car. On the roadway, he measured 100 feet of string and wrapped it around one hand. Carrying the balloon in his other hand, he walked through a wooded area between two houses to the site of the tower. The balloon rose some 20 feet before a gust of wind drove it into a stand of saplings, where it burst.
"That's why I brought two," said Soule as he headed for his car. Returning with his cell phone to his ear but no balloon in his hand he said that he would return Thursday morning.
Lacasse said that although the tract owned by the the Traditional Catholics stretches over 148 acres, the Bolducs chose to site the tower where it would be nearest to neighboring residences. He said that because of the slope of the land, another 72 feet of elevation would be gained by placing the tower closer to the church on Morrill Street. Lacasse and his neighbors claim that by overshadowing their properties, the tower will diminish their value while radio waves emitted by the antennas will pose health risks.
The Planning Board and Zoning Board of Adjustment are scheduled to hold a public hearing on New Cingular Wireless PCS's request for a special exception, without which the project cannot proceed, as well as a site plan for the tower on Monday, December 16 ay 6:30 p.m. .To qualify for a special exception a project must comply with six requirements, among them that it is "not detrimental, injurious or offensive to the neighborhood."
Last Updated on Wednesday, 20 November 2013 01:50
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