If all articles pass the municipal portion of the tax rate will rise from $6.32 in 2017 to $6.74 in 2018, or a 6.6% increase. The WWTP bond is not included in the 2018 $6.74 rate, as the bond is not anticipated to hit the tax rate until 2019. However, the bond if approved will add another $.19 to the muni tax rate bringing it up to $6.94 or an 9.8% increase as a result of Warrant Articles approved in March of 2018. Seven proposed articles are funded from the UFB (Unassigned Fund Balance aka accumulated surplus), which would result in a $540,000 withdrawal. Had the UFB not been used in these articles the impact, including the WWTP bond, would result in a muni tax rate of $7.10 or a 12.3% increase.

Town of Hampton 2018 Warrant is current as of 3/8/2018

 Article 09 - $1.5 million for Lafayette road  (1582 Views)  (1 Comments)

Warrant Article Created By: Selectmen

Results Votes in Favor Votes opposed Total Votes Required To Pass
1600 1045 50%
Rational Taxpayer's recommends voting No
This project is funded by draining the Road Improvement Capital Reserve Fund. $613,212 is still left in last year's warrant article to pave the virtually same stretch of road. Improvement proposed this year, including ornamental lighting, primarily addresses aesthetics. Use of the Fund should limited to fixing roads that are in bad shape, such as Exeter road, Winnacunnet road, and many others.

Shall the Town of Hampton vote to raise and appropriate the sum of $1,500,000 for the purpose of reconstructing a portion of Lafayette Road from High Street to Winnacunnet Road and then from Winnacunnet Road to Towle Avenue to include street repairs and reconstruction and associated materials and labor necessary to do the work, and also to include associated drainage system maintenance and replacement, replacement of sidewalks, the installation of ornamental street lighting, granite curbing and other roadway infrastructure needs to complete the work; and

To fund such appropriation through the withdrawal of $1,500,000 from the Road Improvement Capital Reserve Fund created under Article 16 of the 1998 Annual Town Meeting for the purpose and no amount to be raised from taxation. This will be a non-lapsing appropriation per RSA 32:7, VI and shall not lapse until the work is completed or by March 31, 2020, whichever is sooner? (Majority vote required)

Recommended by the Board of Selectmen 5-0-0

Recommended by the Municipal Budget Committee 6-3-0

Fiscal Impact Note (Finance Dept.) No Tax Impact.

Town Meeting Session I ("Deliberative Session")

Posted in: Unfavorable, Money


# Jerry Znoj Wednesday, March 7, 2018 6:30 AM
Hampton warrant article 9 – What gives here??
Voters be advised there is something lurking in the wood pile!
Article 9 of this year’s warrant asks for 1.5 million dollars for the purpose of reconstruction of a portion of Lafayette road to Towle Avenue to include street repairs and reconstruction (materials and labor) AND also to include associated drainage system maintenance and replacement, “the replacement of sidewalks, the installation of ornamental street lighting, granite curbing and other roadway infrastructure needs”!!
To sugar coat this warrant (Taxpayers not being asked for money) the town plans to take the money from the Road improvement Capital reserve fund. This would essentially drain this fund!! On the surface and upon first read one does not necessarily gasp, but then recollection sets in.
I refer you to articles 11 and 44 of the 2017 warrant articles.
Article 11 calls for 1.1 million dollars to replace the sewer main on Lafayette road (High St. to Winnacunnet road) and to perform the associated reconstruction and patching of the roadway (there was no mention of drainage issues at that time). The sewer work was done and the plan at that time (late fall of 2017), as explained by the Public Works Director, was to repave the road in the spring. So here we are now in March of 2018 and there is $613,212 left in that warrant article to spend! The Town manager has mentioned at the Selectman/ Budget committee meetings more than once that we have enough money left in the account to repave the road (without mention of any drainage issues), so let’s pave it with those leftover funds as planned!!
Please note that for the purpose of this warrant article the total financial impact to the taxpayers for this negotiated bond or note with a 30 year duration of principal and interest was estimated to be $1,807,410 dollars.
Now on to Article 44 of the 2017 warrant.
Article 44 was for $300,000. It was a petitioned warrant article by Experience Hampton. Experience Hampton petitioned for $300,000 for preliminary design services for the reconstruction of Lafayette road from High street to Winnacunnet road. The design services would include “street, sidewalk, utility and lighting” (sound familiar?) for Hampton Village to revitalize the down- town. The preliminary design would be used to support a future project that “may be funded by grants and that has the potential to be funded by the “Road Improvement Capital reserve as well” (sound familiar)? Said $300,000 appropriation would be offset by a donation from Experience Hampton of no less than $30,000. This article lapses on March 31st 2018! There is $297,500 left unspent in this account! Is anything happening here? We have no word or status of any plan and the article is lapsing!
Be advised, that between the two 2017 unspent warrant articles , that adds up to $910,712 of unspent 2017 dollars that the town requested of the taxpayers. Now the town wants another 1.5 million for another project on that same road stretch, enough already!
So there you have it. It sounds like the Town is trying to accomplish in article 9 in this year’s warrant a good part of what Experience Hampton was trying to accomplish with their preliminary design initiative described in article 44 of last year’s warrant!
Experience Hampton’s intentions, as communicated last year, was to cost out what their intentions and visions were to revitalize the downtown. They then indicated that they would put forth a warrant article for the Hampton Voters to pass upon and again the Road Capital fund was mentioned as “potentially being utilized”. Looks like we are utilizing it now!
In Summary:
• We have $613,212 left on last year’s article 11 to spend on repaving Lafayette road from High St.to Winnacunnet road which the original plan called out to do.

• There is $297,500 dollars left to spend in article 44 that is lapsing at the end of this month ( (March 2018) for which we have no status on.

• That is a grand total of $910,712 unspent dollars sitting in the Capital warrant status listings.

• The town is now asking, via 2018 article 9, for 1.5 million more to repave Lafayette road from High St. to Winnacunnet road (and to turn the corner to Towle Av.) and to perform associated maintenance and replacement of the drainage system. When was this discussed??

• In addition the Town looks to be trying to accomplish the plan of Experience Hampton. Just look at the similarities of what the town is asking for money to do, with its article 9, and what Experience Hampton outlined in their 2017 Warrant article 44.

• The Capital Fund is being drained as well just as the 2017 article 44 prophesized!

• By using the Capital Road fund the taxpayers are not being asked to provide any money! A good strategy to use when you want something passed.
All this is too much for me as my suspicions are raised on many fronts. I recommend a very loud NO on this article 9 as it stands today!!
We can use such money that is in the Capital reserve (1.6 million), on streets in Town that truly need to be addressed and where solid rational can be presented. Such is not the case with article 9! Article 9 poses many questions and none have been addressed to date!

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