To The Daily Sun,
To Gilmanton residents and taxpayers:
The recent statements being told to the Gilmanton taxpayers by the selectmen, town administrator and town clerk is propaganda. False statements are being made to explain the increase in your tax bills. Let me clarify.
It is true in 2014 (almost two years ago) the assessed property values in Gilmanton decreased. Because of this, the former Selectboard chose to "buy down" your tax rate by using your taxpayer savings account, also known as the undesignated fund balance. They did this in order to prevent an increase to the town portion of tax bill. However, your tax bill increases in 2015 were not affected by what they did in 2014, but the tax collector and town administrator are telling you the exact opposite. They are insinuating that the decreased property value in 2014 in some way affects your 2015 tax bill. This inaccurate information has been written on the website as well as in newspapers.
The truth is, in 2015 the assessed property values in Gilmanton actually increased by more than $2.5 million, which should have lowered the town portion of your tax rate this year.
An enormous error appears to have been made by the town administrator, as he failed to report the correct anticipated revenues to the Department of Revenue, and the result was the much higher tax rate.
Another mistake, in my opinion, is that he did not recommend to the selectmen to "buy down" a portion of this year's rate. So, if the town administrator had correctly reported the anticipated revenues and the selectmen had used a portion of the undesignated fund balance the town portion of your tax rate would not have increased at all.
My question is why would the town tax collector and town administrator continue to spew this inaccurate information to our community members? Why not admit the truth rather than try to place blame on a former Selectboard?
You, my fellow taxpayers, have been misinformed.
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