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 39 - More Noise and remove entertainment license requirement  (1426 Views)  (1 Comments)

Warrant Article Created By: Citizen Petition

Results Votes in Favor Votes opposed Total Votes Required To Pass
945 1686 50%
Rational Taxpayer's recommends voting No
Bad idea.

UPON PETITION of Bryan Provencal of at least twenty-five (25) registered votes of the Town of Hampton, New Hampshire, to see if the Town will vote to amend Chapter 149 of the Code of the Town of Hampton: Entertainment Activities, as follows:

1. § 149-2. Purpose

ADD: “The longstanding commercial nature of the Business/Seasonal (BS) and the Business/Seasonal 1 (BS-1) zones has always included and shall likely continue to include the providing of entertainment activity to many visitors who annually come to Hampton Beach. These beach business are the economic engine for the Town and the requirement of annual entertainment license for these zones is an unnecessary burden on those operators. The entertainment activity in these zones can be effectively and efficiently regulated by the hours of operation and the sound levels set forth in this ordinance and by the Hampton Police Department, when necessary.

 

2. § 149-5. License Required

ADD: However, no license hereunder shall be required by operators engaged in entertainment activities within the Business/Seasonal (BS) and the Business/Seasonal 1 (BS-1) zoning districts.”

3. § 149-9. Hours restricted

ADD: “The using, operating, or permitting of an entertainment activity, either inside or outside, in the BS or the BS 1 zones shall not be allowed between the hours of 1:00 a.m. and 12: noon on any day of the week.”

4. § 149-13A. Complaints, additional restrictions, or conditions

“This section shall not apply to entertainment activity in the BS and the BS1 Zones.”

5. § 149-15. Noise standards applied Noise Levels

ADD: “For entertainment activity in the BS or the BS1 zones, it shall be unlawful for an operator to emit or cause to be emitted any noise beyond the boundaries of his/her/its property in excess of eighty (80) decibels (db) measured in the A scale between 12:00 noon and 12:00 midnight and in excess of sixty (60) decibels (db) between 12:00 midnight and 1:00 a.m.

For determining the noise levels for entertainment activity in the BS and in the BS1 zones, the point at which the sound readings shall be taken and recorded shall be at those points which are located fifty (50) feet from the operator’s property lines.”

6. § 149-16 Police Attendance

This section is intended to and shall hereafter be applicable to both licensed operators of entertainment activity and to operators of entertainment activity within the BS and the BS1 zones.”

7. § 149-19 Violations and penalties

This section is intended to and shall hereafter be applicable to both licensed operators of entertainment activity and to operators of entertainment activity within the BS and the BS1 zones.”

Recommended by the Board of Selectmen ?

Recommended by the Planning Board ?

Not Recommended by the Board of Selectmen 0-3-2

Posted in: Unfavorable, Failed

Comments

# Grand Dragon Friday, January 19, 2018 2:59 PM
No way should a license not be required!!! This is not Dodge city! That action would open up all kinds of opportunities that could have a negative impact on the beach going populations and the town as a whole!

In addition article 36 has been researched and backed by the Hampton police whereas this warrant has a parochial interest! People within earshot of the "strip" do go to work everyday so music controls are a must.

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