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Windham tax rate rises nearly 12 percent
« on: October 21, 2008, 01:38:54 pm »

 >:( This really shows why it's super important to get spending caps put in place in every community in New Hampshire, as well as state wide:

WINDHAM — The owner of a typical home in town will see a property tax increase of about $800, or almost 12 percent.

Town Manager Dave Sullivan told the selectmen last night that the state Department of Revenue Administration set the local tax rate at $18 per $1,000 of property valuation compared with the 2007 rate of $16.10.

[ Full Article:  http://www.eagletribune.com/punewsnh/local_story_295020315.html ]
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Re: Windham tax rate rises nearly 12 percent
« Reply #1 on: October 21, 2008, 02:32:32 pm »

One of the good things about the decentralized system of taxation is that you can vote with your feet, unlike in most states where you're stuck with an income/sales tax no matter where you live within the state.
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Re: Windham tax rate rises nearly 12 percent
« Reply #2 on: October 21, 2008, 04:02:40 pm »

the state Department of Revenue Administration set the local tax rate at $18 per $1,000 of property valuation compared with the 2007 rate of $16.10.

??? Doesn't the town set its own property tax rate?
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Re: Windham tax rate rises nearly 12 percent
« Reply #3 on: October 21, 2008, 06:45:30 pm »

the state Department of Revenue Administration set the local tax rate at $18 per $1,000 of property valuation compared with the 2007 rate of $16.10.

??? Doesn't the town set its own property tax rate?
Well yes but the DRA 'certifies' it.
There is some back and forth.
I would love to have an 18.00 tax rate. :'(
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Re: Windham tax rate rises nearly 12 percent
« Reply #4 on: October 22, 2008, 09:27:35 am »

the state Department of Revenue Administration set the local tax rate at $18 per $1,000 of property valuation compared with the 2007 rate of $16.10.

??? Doesn't the town set its own property tax rate?

Nope!   The town only gets to set part of it.  The welfare mothers get to use government guns to set most of the rest.

Property Tax is composed of:

     - Local Property Tax
     - Local Education Tax
     - State Education Tax
     - County Tax

So, Windham in 2007 was:
                                TOTAL VALUATION      Local    Local Edu.        State Edu    County     Total/1000        Tax Commitment
         WINDHAM             2,206,042,525      3.01           9.98                      2.22        0.89            16.10              35,252,839

BTW, Keene is one of the worst.   

Keene in 2007 was:
                                TOTAL VALUATION      Local    Local Edu.        State Edu    County     Total/1000        Tax Commitment
          KEENE                   1,933,303,000   10.22          11.62             2.02             1.93               25.79              49,562,561


Total 2007 State property tax commitment was $2.8B USD.   Numbers from:   [ http://www.nh.gov/revenue/munc_prop/municipalservices.htm ]

Btw, has any one else seen Idiocracy?  I watched that movie the other night.   I would have died laughing if it wasn't so unfortunately true.   It's like a Mike Judge (Beavis & Butthead) version of Atlas Shrugged with the philosophy left as an exercise for the viewer.



     
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Re: Windham tax rate rises nearly 12 percent
« Reply #5 on: October 22, 2008, 04:06:30 pm »

As someone who will actually have to pay this, some thoughts:

This is almost entirely due to schools. CNHT has a great bumper sticker: "It takes a school to bankrupt a village." Windham historically had lots of farms and kids went to Pinkerton High School (private, but serves as the public school for Derry & 1-2 other communities Hampstead(?)) For about a decade or so, we had an agreement to send kids to Salem High. In 2004, voters approved building a high school for the town. Since then, there have been (surprise!) huge cost overruns, a complete redrafting based on faulty architecture plans, and delays. The current plan is to open next fall for just Freshman and Sophomores, but a secondary access road was voted down two months ago.

The other school issue is that Windham was one of the few towns (mostly well-off) that did not have a Kindergarten. As you may know, the NH house voted to mandate Kindergarten even though the majority of affected community Reps voted against it. It's unnecessary and will hurt the education of these children - two good private Kindergarten schools have closed. And now we don't have a facility for them, and may use the half-empty high school.

Windham does not have a tax cap because we vote by line item on the town and school budgets. Unfortunately, both have been on buying binges for several years. We have been very frustrated to see "Recommended by the Board of Selectmen" and know that about 55% of voters will vote yes.

There is an active group of Windham residents looking to return to fiscal sanity, but we are fighting entrenched bureaucracy and apathetic residents. I can guarantee you the school and government employees always make it to the polls.

This does highlight the need for porcs to work with locals. We will not be able to change this bad trend unless we motivate many more people.

By the way, Windham state reps have been pretty good, averaging around a B on the NHLA report card, although some of this comes from being Republicans in the minority since 2006. We also had the legislator of the year, Jason Bedrick, who unfortunately lost in the recent primary, due in part to reprehensible slights from the New Hampshire Firearms Coalition, a group we should shun.

Anyway, a potential silver lining is that people in Windham are upset, homes are not selling, and the next budget will be looked at much more closely by the voters.
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