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 28 - $20,000 to study a sewer enterprise fund  (908 Views)  (2 Comments)

Warrant Article Created By: Selectmen

Results Votes in Favor Votes opposed Total Votes Required To Pass
1136 1400 50%
Rational Taxpayer's recommends voting No

We are in favor of doing an in-house study at a lower cost with some expense on an outside consultant's fee.

Shall the Town of Hampton raise and appropriate the sum of $20,000 to engage the services of a professional financial advisor/engineer to study and report back to the Board of Selectmen to advise the Board and the Town on whether a sewer enterprise fund should be created that would remove sewer costs and expenses from the annual budget as a tax supported sewer system, as opposed to one that is supported by billing based upon volume of input into the system. The report should include drafts of potential billing rates in accordance with statutes, the impact, if any on the difference between billing for sewer changes verses maintaining said system on the property tax base, including the costs of bond payments for sewers by either method of payment, with said sum of $20,000 to come from the Unassigned Fund Balance. 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 4-0-0

Recommended by the Municipal Budget Committee 5-3-0

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


Comments

# Jerry Znoj Tuesday, January 23, 2018 3:31 PM
This one bothers me in the that I get a bill now every month from Aquarion and I wonder if they are assuming that all that water is going to go to the sewer plant? I wash my car ,water the flowers ,water the grass when we hit a hot and dry spell all of which does not go to the sewer plant. The sewer plant needs revenue for capital projects no doubt but the Town has done little on sewer fees as spelled out in the town ordinance. New condo's ,new houses, industrial fees based on their projected use of the waste water plant capacity ,impact fees that the planning board can levy on new development but hasn't ,and Violation surcharge penalties for industrial users that have violated the Town agreements. Septic tank truck fees and controls is another opportunity for revenue. Think cost controls within the W.W.T.P itself with improved Preventative maintenance for example. Town D .P.W. and Town management look for this kind of mechanism (sewer enterprise fund) before they have done everything they can internally through improve operations. We may very well have to go this way some day but I seriously question if its now, just too much low hanging fruit for the Town to pick to help itself! This would just be another bill to pay and unless we adopt new ways and resolve the root causes of our problems they still will be with us. You decide how to vote I know where I am coming from .
# stevejnh Sunday, February 18, 2018 2:13 PM
I don't think this is money well spent. We now how it is going to end. Do we really want another utility (sewer) sending us a bill based off our water bills. Drill baby drill, that water well!

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