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Most local property tax rates will increase in 2013

The property tax rate in Boscawen will increase by 28.55 percent this year, the most dramatic jump so far as the state continues to finalize rates for communities.

The 2012 property tax rate in Boscawen was $21.05 per $1,000 of assessed property value. That rate has spiked to $27.06 per $1,000 of assessed property value.

Town Administrator Michael Wright said the increase is due in part to a more than 15 percent drop in the assessed value of all taxable property in the town, which was recalculated for 2013 because the town must reassess its property every five years.

The assessed value of the town dropped from $278 million in 2012 to $233 million in 2013.

Even though the assessed property value for most Boscawen residents will be lower, Wright said tax bills could be higher to offset costs incurred by local schools.

“In general, the taxes are going to go up,” Wright said. “There was a re-evaluation of the current property this year that won’t offset the fact that the (SAU) has increased costs.”

According to the Department of Revenue Administration, property tax rates in most other towns are increasing modestly. In Henniker, the property tax rate is up about 6 percent – from 2012’s $28.61 per $1,000 to $30.34 per $1,000.

The 2012 property tax rate in Hopkinton was $28.19 per $1,000. That rate has increased almost 2 percent to $28.74 per $1,000.

In Salisbury, a 0.62 percent increase brought the property tax rate to $24.30 per $1,000. The 2012 rate was $24.15 per $1,000.

Warner’s 2012 property tax rate was $25.24 per $1,000. Now it is $26.02 per $1,000 – a 3.09 percent increase.

In Weare, the rate increased 4.72 percent from $20.77 per $1,000 to $21.75 per $1,000 in 2013.

The only local town with a decrease in its property tax rate so far is Dunbarton. The rate was $21.37 per $1,000, and is now $21.01 per $1,000. That is a 1.68 percent decrease.

The rate in Pembroke remained unchanged at $26.84 per $1,000.

The state has not yet officially set the tax rate in Bow, but based on the town’s submission to the Department of Revenue Administration, Town Administrator David Stack has estimated it will increase 4.16 percent to $30.28 per $1,000. The 2012 rate was $29.07 per $1,000.

The state sets tax rates for the towns on a rolling basis as they submit their required documents.

(Megan Doyle can be reached at 369-3321 or mdoyle@cmonitor.com or on Twitter @megan_e_doyle.)

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I know one thing. The way the Town Of Boscawen is run needs some sweeping change. 28% increase is WAY over the line. I don't know how my townspeople are going to do it. If taxes go up and more people can't pay, are they really getting more? The drain on hard working residents has to stop. Instead we need to Drain the town offices of useless cling-ons, Drain it of nepotism, drain it of the in crowd, drain it of special appointments. The road agent doesn't even live in Boscawen but that's not a voted position so what does that tell you? The only department that is competent is the PD. The rest is just more of the same year after year. More of the continuation of lost methods, of stagnation and lost opportunities because of group-think, old ways and poor people skills. Let's be sure that the people that work on our dime are from Boscawen and have Boscawen's best interest in mind every day they are working.

Yes, Citizen, the Town of Boscawen can stand some improvement here and there, but..........I really do think the town runs as frugally as it can, considering the un-funded mandates from the state and feds. As for where the Highway Superintendent lives, it does not matter. He runs his department very well and is a very qualified individual. Just look at the chaos in towns that still elect a "road agent." Years ago, road agents used to hold up stage coaches; now they hold up taxpayers. If you read the whole thing, you would see most of the change came from re-evaluation and still more came from the SAU. Much of everyone's increases came from changes to the state retirement system that the towns and SAUs "contribute" to and increasing health insurance costs. I know the tax bills just came, so that has everyone's attention, but it is not all the Selectmen's fault or anyone else in town. Boscawen has a dedicated group of volunteers and employees. Citizen, why don't you run for Selectman or better yet, the School Board?

Stage coaches. See now, that's thinking backwards to me. I choose to look forward. I'm not going to be able to retire here due to the increased taxes being levied on our modest homes. The volunteers in town are the progressive ones. They get it and also know where the road blocks are. I'm not knocking our RA; he does a fine job, as his father did before him. It's just that he does not pay Boscawen taxes. He is not the only one in leadership that does not. What we need is business to help with the tax base. With all the wasteland along the main drag through Boscawen, we could do better. We need the base utilities such as telephone, broadband, electric power and natural gas expanded and upgraded to support both residents and future business alike. Contracts need to be reviewed and revised when they come up. Those utility companies need to give some back to the people who carried them to success or we should be more open to alternative providers for services. The people are being crushed and the utilities are profiting from it. It HAS to stop. We have to change the tax system so that county towns and cities share the burden and resources of our schools, nursing and safety facilities. It starts at the local level or rather, it should. I'm going to demand better with my vote where my vote can make a difference. Why do I not run for Selectman or the School Board you ask, because like most public officials who will not admit it, I made mistakes in my younger days, I inhaled. To have that used against me while people that did and do much worse stand on high is something I'll not expose my family to.

Property Tax 101: An increase in the rate is NOT the same thing as an increase in the tax bill. An increase in the tax bill is driven by increases in the town's budget. The town figure out how much money it needs to raise through taxation. Then it looks at the total current value of all the property in the town. They divide one by the other and the result is the tax rate. If budget goes up and the evaluation stays the same, then the tax rate rises, and so does your tax bill. If the budget stays the same and the evaluation goes down, then the tax rate goes up, but the tax bill stays the same (because the budget is the same.) If the budget stays the same, but the evaluation rises, then the tax rate goes down, but the tax bill stays the same. Bottom line: A rise in the tax rate is seldom a newsworthy story on its own. The only thing that really matters is whether people's individual tax bills go up or down.

The more a democrat run city spends on wages and benefits for liberal union employees over what the marketplace determines is necessary for recruitment, retention and experience, the less a democrat run city can invest in benefits for all residents. Even though this leftist policy causes the democrat run city to invest less in things that benefit all residents....they still raise taxes as regularly as the sun rises in the east

That is correct. The burning question is "when do the property taxes ever go 'down'?" That seldom happens, especially in small towns who keep adding more and more "services". One example, there are only 700 more people living in my town than in the 1980's. We had two volunteer fire departments one police cruizer and one chief of police on call. Now there is a paid fire department, 6 police officers, 4 cruisers and a chief of police and highly paid fire chief. The police are out with radar stopping drivers going 5 MPH over the limit on state highways. If you allow small towns, they become self perpetuating fiefdoms.

You mentioned small towns always adding more services like police and fire. Well your town may have grown by 700 but from 1980 thru 2000 NH's pop increased by 315176. So obviously except in the northern reaches of the state, those growth number would certainly impact just what services are needed. Also please advise where you get stopped on a state highway for going 5 mph over the limit, this is something I have never seen in many many decades. I am usually not the biggest fan of small town police but unfortunately they are needed especially as population grows.

My property taxes have gone up every year regardless of the political party in power. That's the NH way. Property taxes pay for everything.

HEADLINES - Pembroke to stay the same

democrats in charge ... rates go up ...... that is not news...... that is tradition

Really/??? Democrats are responsible in NH. I bought my first home in 1978 and moved out in 2009, in that time my taxes increased every year with no regard to politics. You are right about one thing tho, this is not news and is a time honored politically neutral tradition.

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