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Letter: A little fixer-upper

As a homeowner and carpenter in my beloved state of new Hampshire for the past 30 years, I’m often thinking of “semi-retirement” now. I think, I ought to sell this place. I’ve outgrown it. It’s too rural for me now.

I’d like to be in a more urban area. Someplace where I could walk to the stores and be involved in community activities. I’d like to help my community; heck, I have a lot to offer.

So I went looking around. I went to Claremont; I think that’s a cool little city. Nice old architecture. It seems just right. I’ll buy an old place near downtown and fix it up.

Then I saw the tax bill on this little fixer-upper. And the water and sewer bill. And the dump fees. And the $300 annual community center fee.

I was shocked to discover that if I used financing for this little project that the property taxes and fees would be more than a mortgage payment!

So I walked around downtown, and I noticed many of the businesses are pawn shops and secondhand stores.

The people living there are trying to sell their stuff to pay taxes and fees! While the city is in ruins!

Isn’t there enough Yankee ingenuity left around here to fix all the complicated problems in a nice little city like Claremont?

I think there is. And we could use Claremont as an example and fix the rest of America.

If I were any political office holder in Claremont, I’d be too embarrassed to accept any pay.

ROLAND DUPUIS

Andover

Legacy Comments2

What no one seems to focus on in the Claremont sitution is why it costs 2,600 more per student than the average NH cost. Almost 15,000 per student. That is a very high tuition. Most private schools are not even that high. The question is where is that money spent and what results do the taxpayers get as far as how those schools are rated. Nobody minds pitching in a little more on their taxes to help,but at that cost, the schools should be producing some incredible students.

Have you ever heard of the Claremont decision? Until there is a fair and equitable tax system in this state all the small towns will suffer. Amherst, Bow and many of the much richer towns are doing very well thankyou.

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