I've forwarded this to the one man I know CAN answer it... Mr NH Taxpayer himself, Ed Naile.Â As soon as I get an answer, I'll post it here.
And the answer from the man in the know is:
Â Â Grafton is a small town with no zoning and almost abolished the
conservation [planning] commission last year if I remember correctly. Small towns with no big box schools are good but watch for regional cooperatives where the small town in the mix gets screwed.
Â Â Tourist towns up north have out of state mansions on lakes that pay the predominant amount of taxes but there are no towns with 0 taxes for real. Remember there are some "towns' that are only forests no one lives in.
Â Â I will get a list together for the Free State crowd of sample towns.
Â Â Right now though WINDSOR is a great by if you can get a lot. No real government no road crew or police but in the south near civilization. It is near an east west highway which in NH is rare. Most big state roads go north south with skiers.
Seth:Â First, thank you for the correction on my understanding of the political landscape in NH since I lived in the Upper Valley in the 80's.Â My how things have reversed.Â Back then, the North was the conservative bastions and the south was the more liberal haven. The Manchester Union Leader was always trashed as the yellow journal of NH. Things have changed quite a bit.Â However all of my friends in the UV are mostly conservative Republicans, so my information tends to get skewed sometimes.Â One look at the "Valley Snooze" editorials, and I get agitated.Â
Questions about Windsor.Â I am sure you have town roads.Â I am sure you experience the fifth season known as mud season.Â Does the state plow the town roads in the winter and grade them after the Spring?Â I lived in West Chesterfield in 1970 and remember the state keeping RT 9 in very good condition year around but if I recall correctly, there were town trucks that maintained the town roads. There was a town garage right off RT 9 close to Spofford Lake.Â What do the occupants of Windsor do to maintain their town roads?
Also I am familiar with Grafton. As I recall, when I was looking for property back in the 80's, property taxes were almost as high as say Canaan or Enfield. However Enfield and Canaan are closer to Lebanon than Grafton, so things may have changed since then as well.
I would guess that places in the I-89, I-93, I-91 triangle, south of State Rd 25 would be a good bet to consider as there are some very upscale(?) towns like Hanover and New London, yet there are some real small villages like Springfield and Orange. I suppose it all depends upon what people require for services.