Hillsborough: Police department seeks new officers

Published: 3/9/2019 7:55:37 PM

Budget: The proposed operating budget is $7.61 million, up almost $300,000 or about 4 percent from the amount approved in 2018. Much of the increase comes in the police department, which is seeking to hire four part-time officers this year.

If the budget and all warrant articles are approved, the tax rate will go up 39 cents, which is about $78 on the annual tax bill for a $200,000 home.

Noteworthy articles: The Planning Board wants to take laundromats and dry cleaners out of the zoning category of “personal services” and put them into a separate category. Town Planning Director Robyn Payson is proposing the change because personal services covers home businesses.

“Home business are allowed everywhere,” she said, but laundromats and dry cleaners should be limited to commercial areas. Hillsboro currently has neither.

Another article would adopt the provisions in state law (RSA 72:81), giving tax exemptions for new construction for commercial or industrial uses, ranging from 50 percent in the first year to 10 percent in the fifth year.

Contested races: Incumbent selectman David Fullerton is being challenged by newcomer John Stohrer for one three-year seat. The only other contested race is on the Planning Board, where incumbent Gary Sparks and alternate Adam Charrette are facing John Segedy in a race for two, three-year seats.

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