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Laconia votes for city, school & police officials today

LACONIA — Today is Election Day, when voters will choose the mayor and six city councilors who will serve from 2014 to 2016.

The polls open at 8 a.m. and close at 6 p.m.

The polling station in Ward 1 is at the Belknap County Nursing Home, in Ward 2 at the Parish Hall at Sacred Heart, in Ward 3 at Laconia Middle School, in Ward 4 at the Memorial Park House, in Ward 5 and Woodland Heights Elementary School and in Ward 6 at Leavitt Park House.

Voters will be asked to show photographic identification. Acceptable forms of identification include a driver's license, non-driver ID or voter ID issued by the Department of Motor Vehicles, United States armed services ID card, United States passport, and student ID card from a college, high school licensed to operate in the state or recognized by the New Hampshire Department of Education. In addition, the moderator, supervisor of the check list or city clerk may accept any other photo ID or vouch for the identity of the voter. Names on ID cards must substantially conform to the names on the checklist.

There are two candidates for mayor, Kailief Mitchell and Ed Engler. Three of the sitting city councilors are running for re-election without opponents — Ava Doyle in Ward 1, Henry Lipman in Ward 3 and Brenda Baer in Ward 4. The remaining three City Council seats are contested. In Ward 2, the candidates are David Bownes and Richard Beaudoin. In Ward 5, the candidates are Bob Hamel and Tom Tardif. IN Ward 6 the candidates are Tony Felch and Armand Bolduc. Sample ballots for each of the six wards are available on the city website. Under departments, click on City Clerk, then click "Elections."

Voters may also register to vote on election day upon proof of identity, citizenship and residency.

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Court Street store burglarized

LACONIA — Police are investigating a burglary at Premium Mart convenience store on Court Street that occurred sometime early Monday morning.

The burglary was reported at 5:44 a.m. and responding officers found that several items have been removed from the store.

Anyone with any information is asked to call the Laconia Police at 524-5252 or the Greater Laconia Crime Line at 524-1717.

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2013 Belmont property tax burden increases by 3.7%

BELMONT — The New Hampshire Department of Revenue Administration has set the 2013 property tax rate at $22.44 per $1,000 of assessed value, an increase of 74 cents, or 3.4 percent, over the 2012 rate.

The amount to be raised by property taxes rose by $576,369, or 3.7 percent, from $15,602,578 to $16,178,947. The total assessed valuation grew by $1,418,214, or 0.2 percent, from $730,952,949 to $732,371,163.

The town tax increased from $7.42 to $7.53, and the local school tax from $10.93 to $11.67 while the state education tax decreased from $2.16 to $2.11 and the county tax from $1.19 to $1.11.

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Belmont budget proposal calls for 8% hike in town taxes

BELMONT — Selectmen voted unanimously last night to present a proposed 2014 budget of $9,498,752 to the Budget Committee. The total represents a 0.49 percent increase over the 2013 plan.

The amount to be raised by local taxes has risen to a proposed $5,962,237 from this year's $5,516,131, which is an increase of $446,106 or about 8 percent.

Town Administrator Jeanne Beaudin said the biggest revenue difference is a $350,000 decrease in Community Development Block Grant revenue. She also said her revenue estimates for 2014 were "very conservative."

"I think we've done a good job," said Selectman Jon Pike who noted that the decrease in revenue coupled with an increase in the contribution to the state retirement system were factors beyond the control of the town.

Employee raises for non-union employees averaged a 1 percent cost-of-living adjustment and one step on the pay scale ladders. Beaudin said the town is negotiating contracts with the Public Service employees and the Public Safety employees for 2014.

The Budget Committee meets tonight at 6:30 p.m. in the Corner Meeting House and Beaudin will be making a formal presentation at that time.


Last Updated on Tuesday, 05 November 2013 02:45

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