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Senate panel recommends killing Sanborn bill on property-assessment oaths

A Senate committee yesterday recommended killing a bill that would require city officials to take an oath each year to confirm property assessments.

An existing state law requires town officials to take an oath, but that doesn’t apply to New Hampshire’s 13 cities. Sen. Andy Sanborn, a Bedford Republican, filed the bill to require a city oath; he owns commercial property in Concord, including The Draft sports bar on South Main Street, and complained after his tax bill rose last year.

The Senate Public and Municipal Affairs Committee voted, 5-0, to recommend the full Senate reject the bill. The committee also voted unanimously to place the recommendation on the consent agenda for an upcoming Senate session.

During their brief debate, several committee members said they believe Sanborn’s bill is unnecessary.

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