Meredith tax rate is 2 percent lower in 2017

By THOMAS P. CALDWELL, LACONIA DAILY SUN
MEREDITH — The Department of Revenue Administration has set Meredith’s property tax rate at $15.23 per $1,000 of assessed valuation, a 36-cent (2.3 percent) drop from the 2016 rate of $15.59, but 3 cents, or 0.2 percent, more than the 2015 rate of $15.20.
The municipal portion of the tax rate fell 6 cents, or 1.2 percent, from $5.06 in 2016 to $5.00 in 2017. It is 19 cents, or 3.95 percent, higher than the 2015 rate of $4.81.
The county tax rate has continuously dropped over the past two years, from $1.45 in 2015 to $1.33 in 2016 and $1.23 in 2017. That amounts to a 15.2 percent decline over two years.
The state education tax rate, which was $2.42 in 2015 and $2.44 in 2016, is $2.21 this year, representing an 8.7 decrease over the past two years.
The local education tax rate has continually increased, from $6.52 in 2015 to $6.76 in 2016 and $6.79 this year. Over two years, the rate has increased by 4.1 percent.
The town’s net assessed valuation, on which the tax rate is calculated, increased by $151,232,845, or 8.58 percent, from 2016, now standing at $1,913,769,890.
Changes in the tax rate do not necessarily equate to changes in the homeowner’s tax bill. If a property increases in value by 2 percent and the tax rate drops by 2 percent, the tax bill may remain the same. Exemptions for the blind or veterans’ tax exemptions also can affect the amount on the bill.

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Meredith’s tax rate has held fairly steady over the past three years. (Courtesy graphic)

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Franklin man charged in trail thefts

FRANKLIN — Authorities on Friday arrested Shane Goss, 40, of Franklin on two felony theft charges following an investigation into several thefts on remote trailheads and parking lots along the Kancamagus Highway.
Police say the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office, along with the United States Forest Service Law Enforcement Division, conducted the investigation that led to Goss’ arrest.
Franklin police said Goss has an extensive criminal history.
The investigation is ongoing and police expect to make more arrests. Anyone with information about thefts of this nature is asked to contact Deputy Stephen Rowe of the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office at 603-539-2284, or email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Motorcyclist injured in crash with minivan in Belmont

By THOMAS P. CALDWELL, LACONIA DAILY SUN
BELMONT — A 33-year-old Laconia resident sustained serious leg injuries when his motorcycle collided with a minivan on Thursday afternoon.
Police say Roger Tozier was northbound on his motorcycle when Wanda Smith of Belmont, who was southbound in her minivan, attempted to make a left turn from Route 106 to East Gate Park. While there is a dedicated turn lane, Smith “apparently misjudged which lane she was actually in” and crossed into the northbound travel lane in front of Tozier, who could not avoid impact with the front of the minivan.
Emergency personnel who responded to the call at 4:46 p.m., stabilized Tozier at the scene and took him to Lakes Region General Hospital in Laconia. From there he was airlifted to a medical center, and police were unsure of his condition on Friday morning.
Smith was uninjured, but police say both vehicles sustained extensive damage.
The Belmont Police Department is still investigating the crash and asks that anyone with information about the incident call 603-267-8350.

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