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 12 - Union Contract - SEIU Local 1984  (1153 Views)  (2 Comments)

Warrant Article Created By: Selectmen

Results Votes in Favor Votes opposed Total Votes Required To Pass
1463 1169 50%
Rational Taxpayer's recommends voting No
Too generous.

Shall the Town of Hampton vote to approve the cost items included in the collective bargaining agreement reached between the Hampton Board of Selectmen and the State Employees Association of New Hampshire, Inc. SEIU Local 1984, AFL-CIO, CLC, which calls for the following increases in salaries and benefits at the current staffing level, over the amount paid in the prior fiscal year:

Fiscal Year Estimated Increase over previous year level
2018 (39 weeks) $60,679
2019 (52 weeks) $121,796
2020 (52 weeks) $97,501
2021 (13 weeks) $18,910

And to further raise and appropriate $60,679 for the current fiscal year, such sum representing the additional costs attributable to the increase in salaries and benefits required by the new agreement over those that would be paid at current staffing levels? (Majority vote required)

Recommended by the Board of Selectmen 5-0-0

Recommended by the Municipal Budget Committee 7-2-0

Fiscal Impact Note (Finance Dept.) The estimated 2018 tax impact on $60,679 is $0.018 per $1,000 valuation (one point eight cents per thousand dollars of valuation).

Posted in: Unfavorable, Money


# Grand Dragon Sunday, January 28, 2018 9:26 AM
Reference comment in article 10!
# Frédéric Bastiat Tuesday, February 13, 2018 7:53 PM
There is something of a theme in this year’s labor agreements; all are for units whose names do not clearly identify who they are. This union represents the majority of the workers at Public Works. These are the men and women who plow our roads in the winter and parade and repair them in spring and summer. They collect our rubbish and operate the transfer station. Our wastewater is processed and sewer system maintained by members of this union. Members of this bargaining unit also maintain millions of dollars in town vehicles and equipment.

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