Man at center of city standoff held on $50,000 bail

MANCHESTER — The man who led Laconia police to surround an apartment building at 20 Jewett St. last week was arraigned in Ninth Circuit Court in Manchester yesterday following his arrest in the city on Tuesday night.
Robert Audette, 26, is being held in the Valley Street Jail in Manchester in lieu of $50,000 cash bail charged with criminal threatening and felon in possession of a firearm, both class B felonies. Prosecutor Jim Sawyer said that his request for cash bail was not contested.
Audette was arrested and arraigned on separate charges by the Manchester police. Sawyer said that when Audette is returned to Belknap County is an "administrative decision."
Police allege that Audette pointed a shotgun at another man while they and others were in the Jewett Street apartment around noon on Tuesday, Oct. 27. He apparently fled the scene before police secured the building and surrounding area, but a shotgun and ammunition were recovered during a later search of the building.

Alton tax rate goes up by 3 percent this year

ALTON — The New Hampshire Department of Revenue Administration has set the 2015 property tax rate at $14.27 per $1,000 of assessed value, an increase of 42 cents, or 3 percent, over the 2014 rate of $13.85. An Alton property owner with a home valued at $200,000 will pay $84 more, with the tax bill going from $2,770 last year to $2,854 this year.

The amount to be raised by property taxes rose by $907,921, or 4.3 percent, from $20,809,391 to $21,717,312. The total assessed valuation grew by $18,700,258 or 1.2 percent, from $1,518,990,817 to $1,537,691,075.

The town tax decreased from $3.85 to $3.57. The local school tax rose from $6.28 to $6.94 while the state education tax remained unchanged at $2.35. The county tax increased from $1.37 to $1.41.

Sanbornton tax rate increases 4.5 percent

SANBORNTON — The New Hampshire Department of Revenue Administration has set the 2015 property tax rate at $24.01 per $1,000 of assessed valuation, an increase of $1.04, or 4.5 percent , over the 2014 rate of $22.97. The owner of a property assessed at $200,000 would see a $208 increase in his tax bill, going from $4,594 last year to $4,802 this year.

The amount to be raised by property taxes rose by $552,700, or 6.2 percent, from $8,794,923 to $9347,623. The total assessed valuation grew by $1,659,793, or 0.4 percent, from $388,082,990 to $389,742,783.

The town tax increased from $8.23 to $8.82, the local school tax from $10.69 to $11.13, and the state education tax from $2.54 to $2.62 while the county tax dropped from $1.51 to $1.44.