To The Daily Sun,
For years, I have been alerting homeowners and helping some elderly file for this property tax relief. This year, I forgot and the month of May has passed. It is so easy to forget and then there are so many out there still unaware of this relief. I am very pleased to announce that our own Laconia tax assessor has a stack of these DP-8 forms in the office at the ready for anyone who needs one. And city staff remembered to run a reminder in our Laconia Links (http://www.city.laconia.nh.us/uploads/administration_dept/Newsletters/06.03.16.pdf) to consider your qualifications and filing for this rebate. Applause!
I hope you will check out this website (Low and Moderate Income Homeowners Property Tax Relief Historical Claims Data - http://revenue.nh.gov/faq/l-m-historicaldata.pdf) and note that others must not know or forget about filing by June 30 for a rebate. In 2002, there were 23,666 claims totaling $7.7 million. In 2014, there were 9,414 claims totaling $1.8 million. I think there is a story there.
Municipalities should be gratified when their citizens receive a little tax rebate, since they are the very ones most likely to spend this money locally — lower incomes, elderly, handicapped or disabled, no transportation, don't drive out-of-town, etc. New Hampshire, with no income tax or sales tax, relies heavily on property tax for revenue, a regressive tax system. This means for lower income taxpayers with property tax having nothing to do with their income, many are paying as much as 25 to 30 percent of their income just for their local property tax. Therefore this regressive tax system can shift the burden making the least able to pay the most likely to pay and local governments depending on property tax as a source of revenue are the "bad guys raising the taxes," not the state.
I am liking the good news I am reading about the recent progress developing in Laconia, especially the Main Street area.
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