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Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Local school boards lacking sensitivity to the interests of the taxpayers
By Norm Silberdick @ 9:34 PM :: 23 Views :: 0 Comments :: Letters to the Editor

In recent years, former teachers, school administrators and their allies, who are in lock step with the administration and demonstrate little sensitivity to the interests of the taxpayers, have dominated local school boards.


2014 2019 % change
Hampton Schools Appropriations $18,102,097 $22,206,431 + 23%
Hampton Schools Enrollments 1,141 1,067 - 6%
Winnacunnet High Appropriations $9,423,949 $11,992,801 + 27%
Winnacunnet High Enrollments 1,110 1,052 - 5%

 

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Suprplus monies being misused
By Norm Silberdick @ 11:53 AM :: 61 Views :: 0 Comments :: Letters to the Editor

In Hampton, the Town plays to the apathy of voters by using the Unassigned Fund Balance. This fund is derived from overly stated Operating Budgets, bu...
Sunday, February 16, 2020

Voter apathy to drive uncontrolled tax increases
By Norm Silberdick @ 5:12 PM :: 62 Views :: 0 Comments :: Letters to the Editor

The trajectory of the tax increase since 2014, is a 22% increase on an average single-family home.

The reality is that if voter apathy continues as it has in the past, your taxes will increase in an uncontrolled manner.

It is strictly up to the voters whether special interest groups will continue to prevail.

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Rusty's conflict of interest unbridled
By Norm Silberdick @ 9:09 AM :: 989 Views :: 2 Comments :: Letters to the Editor

Since Rusty Bridle is the Chamber of Commerce's Director of Membership Development, a position we assume includes a lucrative salary. The problem is that he did not recuse himself from the discussion and vote this past month and he made the motion that resulted in deferring any action on commercial trash collection to November 1st. If our supposition is correct that Selectman Bridle is a financially compensated employee of the Chamber of Commerce then it would be a blatant violation of the Town of Hampton Code of Ethics, Chapter 594-4, which addresses "Conflicts of Interest." If, in fact, Selectman Bridle does not receive any financial compensation from the Chamber he should clear the air and state that at the next Board of Selectmen’s meeting. Otherwise he should recuse himself from any future discussions involving the Chamber of Commerce, all issues impacting its members

Monday, February 25, 2019

Property taxes could increase by 7%
By Norm Silberdick @ 9:30 AM :: 1202 Views :: 0 Comments :: Letters to the Editor

Taxes on an average single-family home would increase from $7,024 to $7,519, almost a $500 increase. Going back 5 years to 2014, taxes will have increased by $1,500 or 26%.

The Municipal tax effort is the biggest factor in the overall increase and would rise from $21 million to $24 million or 14% if all articles pass. Proposed spending, including amounts funded by the UFB, would increase by $3.2 million over the amount approved by the voters in 2018.

Friday, December 14, 2018

Alarming Budgets
By Norm Silberdick @ 7:37 PM :: 1291 Views :: 0 Comments :: Letters to the Editor

We have had a chance to look at the first pass of the Operating Budget, the Default Budget and Selectmen Sponsored Warrant Articles and are alarmed at the blatant insensitivity to the taxpayer and power grab on the part of the Selectmen
Sunday, November 18, 2018

Tax on average single family home is now virtually $7,000
By Norm Silberdick @ 7:56 AM :: 1485 Views :: 0 Comments :: Letters to the Editor

This graph reflects spending based on the articles that actually passed in March 2018. ... In just four years the average will have risen from under $6,000 ($5,989) to almost $7,000 ($6,944).

Monday, November 5, 2018

Tax Rate
By Norm Silberdick @ 9:07 AM :: 1425 Views :: 0 Comments :: Letters to the Editor

The most recent information indicating that the tax rate may increase by 4% is truly a shocking event to Hampton Taxpayers. In our numerous articles to the Hampton Union and our presentations at the Board of Selectmen we constantly mention the need to look out for the interests of the taxpayers when the Town goes on spending sprees. Some of the items impacting our taxes are necessary some are not.

 

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Prohibition of Public Input
By Norm Silberdick @ 7:33 AM :: 1887 Views :: 0 Comments :: Letters to the Editor

There are many talented people in Hampton who I am sure would enjoy providing their input as a means of community service. Prohibiting or otherwise suppressing our talented people from contributing causes serious, long term harm to all of us.

Monday, May 28, 2018

RTOH MEET WITH BOS ON CABLE TV MONEY EXCESS
By Jerry Znoj @ 12:40 PM :: 2149 Views :: 0 Comments :: Letters to the Editor

On 5/21/2018 Norm Silberdick and Jerry Znoj of the Rational Taxpayers of Hampton met with the BOS to voice concerns over the revenue that has been “pouring” into the cable TV fund since 2016...

... a recent lengthy discussion was held on channel 22 where a major upgrade was discussed for channel 22 but never a cost in dollars mentioned! RTOH complained about the lack of transparency on that discussion as to the costs...

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