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Gilmanton needs to bring Elderly Real Estate Tax Exemption up to date

To The Daily Sun,
I urge Gilmanton voters to vote on Tuesday, March 14, in favor of Article 22 appearing on the 2017 Town Ballot, modifying the Elderly Real Estate Tax Exemption financial qualifications of individuals and the amount of exemption from assessed value by age.

Under New Hampshire law RSA 72:39-b this exemption was established and adopted by the town in 1961. However, it is the responsibility for each town by ballot to set the criteria for the qualifying allowable income and exemption limits. In Gilmanton, these amounts were last approved in 2004, 13 years ago, and are still the current criteria.

Based on the Consumer Price Index for the Northeast, there has been at least 35 percent inflation since then. Many senior citizens live on fixed incomes which have in no way kept up with this level of inflation and real estate taxes have substantially increased over the same time period. Simply put, many of the town's seniors are getting squeezed.

Much of the open land in Gilmanton is owned by senior citizens. In every 10 year town plan the residents have listed the rural nature of the town as a top priority. If the Elderly Real Estate Tax Exemption criteria are not brought up to date many seniors will be forced to sell their land and it most probably will be developed. For those senior homeowners who do not have land, they will have to sell and move. If many senior citizens leave our town, the volunteers for all sorts of committees and events will no longer be there.

For the precise modifications, they can be seen in the Town's "Voter's Guide, Explanation of Warrant Articles, Year 2017" and David Carkhuff's Sun article of Feb. 2. Please consider voting "Yes" on Warrant Article 22.

Felix Barlik
Gilmanton

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Avoid the snow, come to the Bristol polls early and vote for SB-2

To The Daily Sun,

Bristol is fortunate to have many eager candidates for various seats in this year's election cycle. There are two seats open for selectmen, and just so you know, I'm torn between Fred Eichman and Eric Rottenecker (the write-in candidate) for one Selectboard seat. The other seat I'm all in for John Sellers. John has proven himself to be a strong voice for the voters of Bristol on the Budget Committee. I believe he will be a strong advocate on the Selectboard as well.

Another contest is the Budget Committee with three available seats. There are two candidates I can speak for based on past experience. One is Dave Carr who's served us well for years on the Budget Committee. All year long he's not stop diligent in focusing on every aspect of the budget. The other is Kevin Maccafrie who's shown himself to be a good friend of the taxpayers here.

The weather report sounds snowy for Tuesday. So come early, but please come. Bring or ride with a neighbor. Don't forget to vote "Yes" for SB-2.

J.P. Morrison

Bristol

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