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Gilmanton property tax rate rises by 8.4%

GILMANTON — The New Hampshire Department of Revenue Administration has set the 2014 property tax rate at $22.93 per $1,000 of assessed value, an increase of $1.78, or 8.4 percent, over the 2013 rate of $21.15.

The total assessed valuation fell $33,028,396 or 6.8 percent, from $480,547,164 to $447,518,768, and the amount to be raised by property taxes increased by $105,045, or 1 percent, from $10,094,837 to $10,199,882.

The town portion of the property tax rate fell from $4.97 to $4.10 and the county tax from $1.39 to $1.34 while the school portion climbed from $12.36 to $14.82 and the state education tax from $2.43 to $2.67.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 18 November 2014 02:33

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Barnstead tax rate increases by 2%

BARNSTEAD — The New Hampshire Department of Revenue Administration has set the 1014 property tax rate at $23.96 per $1,000 of assessed value, an increase of 46 cents, or 2 percent, over the 2013 rate of $23.50.

The total assessed valuation rose $911,082, or .02 percent, from $968,009,854 to $468,920,936, and the amount to be raised by property taxes increased by $235,643, or 2.1 percent, from $10,809,905 to $11,045,548.

The town portion of the property tax rate rose from $5.24 to $5.30 cents and the school portion from $14.31 to $15.06 while the state education tax dropped from $2.63 to $2.32 and the county tax from $1.32 to $1.28.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 18 November 2014 02:22

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Center Harbor tax rate goes up by 4%

CENTER HARBOR — The New Hampshire Department of Revenue Administration has set the 2014 property tax rate at $13.73 per $1,000 of assessed value, an increase of 54 cents, or 4 percent, over the 2013 rate of $13.19..

The total assessed valuation rose $1,134,122, or .03 percent, from $382,822,426 to $383,956,548, and the amount to be raised by property taxes increased by $218,935, or 4.4 percent, from $5,007,484 to $5,226,419.

The town portion of the property tax rate rose from $5.16 to $5.54  and the school portion from $3.92 to $4.12 while the state education tax dropped from $2.63 to $2.60 and the county tax from $1.48 to $1.47.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 18 November 2014 02:29

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Gilford takes no action on funding request from LRPA

GILFORD — The Selectmen last week took no action on a held-over request for funding from Lakes Region Public Access television, after Town Administrator Scott Dunn reported that the station had yet to address the conditions the board attached to its contribution.

Dunn explained Friday that LRPA-TV has asked the town to contribute $21,393 toward the operation of Channel 25, which provides public access programming. He said that the Selectboard had asked the directors of LRPA-TV for a detailed for operating budget along with an assurance that the operations of the station have been "streamlined".

The selectmen also requested evidence that LRPA-TV had sought and obtained financial support from at least one or more of the members of the municipal consortium that negotiated the renewal of the franchise agreement with Metrocast Cablevision that have not made payments to LRPA-TV in recent years. Those municipalities are Franklin, Deerfield, Gilmanton, New Durham, Northfield and Tilton. Finally, the board asked LRPA-TV to demonstrate that it had solicited one or more corporate sponsors, in keeping with the business plan the station developed earlier this year.

Recently, the Laconia City Council agreed to pay $20,000 and the selectmen of Belmont and Meredith approved funding of $7,500 and $17,991 respectively. Alton and Northwood also made payments last year.

The board had adopted a new business model earlier this while negotiations were still underway between a consortium which represented communities which are served by MetroCast and the cable service provider on a new contract, which ended the $30,000 yearly funding that MetroCast had been providing to LRPA-TV. That model called for much lower contributions from communities served by MetroCast while seeking to raise the balance of the $129,000 budget through sponsorships and fees for service.

In October, when no municipalities had accepted the new contracts offered by LRPA-TV and the station's funds nearly exhausted, the directors convened an emergency meeting at which it decided to present to bill member municipalities based what they had contributed the year before. With funding to sustain operations until the new year, the directors are still striving to put the station on a sound financial footing.

NOTES: Police Chief Tony Bean Burpee told the Board of Selectmen that through November 14, the department had responded to 17,333 calls for service, just seven fewer it answered in all of 2013. During the same period, officers had made 465 arrests, 60, or 15-percent, more than in all of last year. He said that the 130 felony arrests fell only five shy of the number recorded in 2013. . . . . . With Selectman Richard Grenier dissenting, the Selectboard voted to recognize the Lake Winnipesaukee Sailing Association, which operates at 25 Davis Road on Smith Cove, as a charitable organization and exempt it from property taxation. The association is a non-profit corporation, which operates a youth sailing school and is developing programs to teach and enable those with physical disabilities to sail. . . . . .The work crew from the New Hampshire Department of Corrections will construct the new office at the Recycling Center at a cost of $7,600, less than half what was originally projected.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 18 November 2014 02:06

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