on Saturday, November 11, 2017
at 9:00 am at the Town Hall
to work on the 2018 budget
At its morning meeting of November 6, 2017 the Board set the 2017 tax rate at $23.28, leaving unchanged the preliminary tax rate set by the NH Department of Revenue Administration.
The 2017 tax rate has decreased from $27.98 to $23.28, $4.70 less than the 2016 tax rate but…your tax bill has likely gone up. How come?
Our overall tax burden or tax effort is the amount of money that we need to raise from taxes. The 2017 tax burden has increased by 2.1% with much of the increase due to the county. The Strafford County tax burden/effort grew by more than 25% (over $122,000); the town by about 5%; the school district by about 1.2% and the state education burden decreased by over 18%.
With the revaluation process conducted over the past year, our overall town valuation increased by almost 23% from $227.7 million to $279.5 million.
So how to make sense of your tax bill and your new assessed value? If your overall 2017 tax bill (June and December) has increased from your 2016 bill by more than 2.1% (the increase in the tax effort/burden) then the value of your property has increased more than the average Rollinsford property. If your overall 2017 tax bill has decreased then the value of your property has decreased relative to the average Rollinsford property.
The Police Association is seeking donations for the upcoming Holiday Basket Program. The Association has provided complete holiday meal baskets at Thanksgiving and Christmas to local residents in need since 1984.
Items needed: non perishable food, canned food, boxed stuffing, gift cards to Market Basket or cash donations.
For more information or to arrange pickup, please call Chief Robert Ducharme at 742-8549, ext 303.
WHEN: Tuesdays and Fridays until November 22nd
Starting this Friday October 26th
5:30 – 6:30 pm for 3rd and 4th graders
6:30 – 7:30 pm for 5th and 6th graders
WHERE: Rollinsford Grade School Gymnasium
QUESTIONS CONTACT: ROLLINSFORDBBALL@GMAIL.COM OR
Andrea Anderson at 603-401-0765
TOWN OF ROLLINSFORD
The Select Board proposes to adopt a minimum housing standards ordinance and seeks comments from the public. The proposed ordinance will be avaiable at Town Hall and the Rollinsford Public Library and is posted online here. (There is evidence in the historical minutes that the Select Board passed a minimum housing standard “policy” on July 9, 2012 but we can find no copy of the policy passed by that Board. While the Select Board minutes referred to the document as a “policy” it also contained penalties and fines which are more appropriately placed in an ordinance).
The Select Board is proposing to increase the transfer station sticker price from the current price of $10 per sticker ($5 for each additional sticker) to $20 per sticker (no discount on additional stickers). The proposed $20 price equates to $1.67 per month per user. The transfer station revenue currently covers 28% of its operating costs; with the proposed increase the transfer station will cover 35% of its operating costs. The differential is covered by general taxation.
The Board’s next scheduled meeting is Monday November 6, 2017, 6:30 pm.
Trick-or-Treating will still take place this evening as scheduled from 5-8 pm.