A message from your Board of Selectmen
People have asked the reason tax bills are so early
this year. As such a large, year-end expense, it is a significant
change for many in our tight economy. Our tax collector, Carolyn
Berglund, wisely cushioned the blow this year by delaying the bills by
ten days. So why are they so early?
Once all information is provided each year, four
municipal advisors at the New Hampshire Department of Revenue
Administration (DRA) set the tax rate for each of the over 200
municipalities in the state. It is the tax rate and property
valuation that determine the amount of your tax bill each year. In
keeping with the "doing more with less" nationwide trend, to reduce the
burden on those four people, the DRA is streamlining the rate setting
process with the further goal of every tax rate in the state being set
each year in the month of October. Laws have been changed to
expedite when information is due the DRA, and forms and processes are
being revised to help achieve that goal. So look for next year's
bills to be due even earlier than are this year's bills, and expect
December 1 or earlier to be the likely due date in future years.
I hope this explanation helps in understanding what
is happening. Feel free to contact me if you have further
questions or concerns.