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Volunteers needed to make Gilford Candelight Stroll a success

To The Daily Sun,

The Gilford Candlelight Stroll Committee has been working since January planning for our third annual stroll on Saturday, Dec. 13, from 5 to 7 p.m. The horse and wagon ride has been booked. Once again, there will be a big bonfire at the Village Field, thanks to the volunteer efforts of the members of the Fire Department and Public Works. The library will again be offering the young people the opportunity to make a holiday ornament in its Children's Room and there will be line dancing in its meeting room — fun for all ages, thanks to its many volunteers.

Many volunteers are still needed to help make this stroll a success. Without candles there would be no Candlelight Stroll. Two volunteers are doing the big job of getting the candles into the hundreds of bags. This is a bid help. We need volunteers to light the candles (Maybe homeowners would light those in front of their homes?), and volunteers to put out the lights and help to collect the bags with the holders so they can be used again.

The Middle High School, along with the Elementary School, will have students from their choruses out caroling. However, two hours is a long time for anyone to be out in the cold singing, more volunteers who like to sing or play a musical instrument would be greatly appreciated.

The Gilford Historical Society will once again have its three historical buildings open. But they also need volunteers to be in the various rooms to welcome visitors, also some who are willing to be "door keepers," to be out in the cold to welcome guests, open the door and then close them, to keep the cold outside and the heat inside. The Historical Society is trying to have enough volunteers so that each person has an hour to enjoy the stroll and an hour to volunteer. If they get enough "door keepers" half hour would be preferable for them. If you would like to volunteer to greet visitors to any of our rooms, help with refreshments (or offer to make cookies), contact Kathy at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

If you have a talent to share, (either inside or outside), willing to help with the candles, putting out flyers, helping with publicity, please contact Katherine at 524-6042 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Dee at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

The Candlelight Stroll is an event that can be enjoyed by all, thanks to the many volunteers who donate their time. We thank those who have donated so we may have candles to line the street, to be able to offer the wagon ride, and to have flyers so visitors may be able to see what activities are being offered and at what times. However, we still need volunteers, so please contact any of the above named people to help.

Kathy Lacroix
Gilford
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TIFs subsidize big business at the expense of ordinary citizens

To The Daily Sun,

Nobody wants their real estate taxes to increase during this troubled economy. We can't afford the increase, families are stressed enough with the cost of groceries and gas.

Tax Increment Financing is the difference between the amount of property tax revenue generated before TIF district designation and the amount of Property Tax Revenue generated after the TIF designation.

Although politicians portray TIFs as a great way to boost the local economy, there are hidden costs they don't want taxpayers to know about. Cities/towns generally assume they are not really giving anything up because the forgone tax revenue would not have been available in the absence of the development established by the TIF. This conclusion is often wrong.

The down side, and the word that is not spoken, is the shift of taxes being paid from the wealthy corporations to small businesses and regular citizens. Cities/towns giving tax breaks to that, put people out of business. The higher the property taxes, the more tax revenue to pay off development bonds.

The rest of us pay taxes for normal services like public safety, building inspections, and street maintenance and those services come out of the general fund. And as the costs go up, and the money from the general fund is given to these businesses through a TIF, the tax burden gets shifted to the regular people who don't have the same political clout. It's a crummy way to treat your tax paying, law abiding citizens. TIFs now appear in affluent neighborhood's subsidizing high-end housing developments, big box retailers and shopping malls.

TIFs subsidized big business at the expense of less influential competitors and ordinary citizens. Roads, sewers, and schools are public costs that come from growth. Unless spending is cut — and if a TIF really does generate economic growth — spending will rise. The burden of paying for these services will be forwarded to taxpayers. TIFs take away small business monies and give to large corporations, with the end result being the demise of the small-business owner.

In Dover the city council is pushing TIFs, in Concord they now have an advisory committee, and in Laconia, Edward Engler, editor and president of The Laconia Daily Sun, who is the mayor, likes TIFs. What is happening in your town/city. What is happening in Meredith?

Rosemary Landry
Meredith

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