Belmont tax rate up by 2.2 percent

By THOMAS P. CALDWELL, LACONIA DAILY SUN

BELMONT — This year’s property tax rate of $29.46 per $1,000 of valuation is 2.2 percent higher than last year’s $28.83, boosted by the local and statewide education tax. Municipal and county tax rates dropped.

Over the last two years, Belmont’s tax rate, as set by the New Hampshire Department of Revenue Administration, has increased 4.2 percent, from $28.27.

The town’s net assessed valuation is $590,362,459, an increase from $580,827,951 in 2015 and $586,299,099 in 2016.

The municipal portion of the tax rate decreased by 2 cents, from $9.55 in 2016 to $9.53 in 2017. The 2015 rate was $9.41.

The county portion decreased by 11 cents, or 7.8 percent, from $1.41 to $1.30. The 2015 rate was $1.39.

The local education rate increased by 56 cents, or 3.6 percent, from $15.54 to $16.10. The 2015 rate was $15.00.

The state education tax rate increased by 20 cents, or 8.6 percent, from $2.33 to $2.53. The 2015 rate was $2.47.

 

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Lights, camera, action! City Council ups its television game

City pays $22K for new TV equipment

By RICK GREEN, LACONIA DAILY SUN

LACONIA — The televised faces of the city councilors can now be seen in high definition.
That’s because the city has spent more than $22,669 to upgrade the audio and video system in its 50-seat council chamber, including new cameras and three large television monitors. There are also new speakers and a new podium.
City Manager Scott Myers said the changes were made so the audience and participants could more easily see what was going on at the meetings, including computer presentations.
“Our goal is to have the end result be a better system for those participating in meetings as well as watching from home,” he said.
Access A/V noted in its summary of approach for the project that the original audio and visual system was installed in the late-1990s, and video quality has progressed from analog to digital since then.
“Our goal is to upgrade the cameras to HD to improve the quality of the image as seen by Metrocast Cable and Internet viewers,” the statement said.
“The visual experience in the room for the councilors and audience can be enhanced with a larger monitor for the councilors and monitors for the audience. It will be easier to see presentations and videos that are shown in the room from guest speakers.
“Recording the meeting and publishing it to the internet can be streamlined with a new HD recorder that records in the MP4 format. These files would be ready for internet streaming and eliminates one of the tasks currently undertaken where a DVD is converted to an MP4 file.”
The council meetings usually appear on YouTube the day after the meeting.
However, the Oct. 23 meeting never got posted.
There is something of a learning curve with the new equipment. This meeting was not properly recorded, so that video will not appear on YouTube.

 

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Two large television monitors (at top of photo below) and a third facing the City Council (on podium in photo above) are features of a new, $22,000 audio visual system recently installed in the Laconia City Council chamber. The system also includes new speakers and a new podium. (Rick Green/Laconia Daily Sun)

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Belmont police log, Oct. 20-24, 2017

BELMONT — Police arrested Laurie J. MacLeod, 56, of 10 Range Road, Belmont, on Oct. 20, on a warrant from the Merrimack County Sheriff’s Department.

Police arrested Brian D. Kimball, 40, of 9 Durrell Mountain Road, Belmont on Oct. 21, on a warrant from Franklin District Court.

Police on Oct. 23 charged Timothy K. Converse, 56, of 24 Arlene Drive, Belmont, with driving after his license had been suspended or revoked.

Police on Oct. 24 charged Tiffany N. Hawkins, 30, of 512 Union Road, Belmont, with criminal trespass.

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