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Wednesday, January 27, 2016

2016 "Ballot" now available
By Norm Silberdick @ 9:00 AM :: 1973 Views :: 1 Comments :: Letters to the Editor

Rational Taxpayers of Hampton is pleased to announce that the Warrant Articles for 2016 Town of Hampton SAU 90 and SAU 21 are available  

This is the first time in history that all warrant articles have been collected in one central location, RationalHampton.com, and accessible to everyone prior to the deliberative session.

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Trying To Get Three Questions on the Annual Audit answered
By Norm Silberdick @ 8:15 AM :: 2467 Views :: 1 Comments :: Letters to the Editor

Mr. Griffin essentially read from a script that appears to have been prepared for him by the Town lawyer. All the other Selectman agreed with what was read and once again Selectman Woolsey was stonewalled by her associate Selectmen ...No other Selectman raised any questions of substance...

Monday, January 4, 2016

Town Manager's perplexing actions
By Norm Silberdick @ 9:46 AM :: 2717 Views :: 1 Comments :: Letters to the Editor

Trying to understand the actions of the Selectmen and the Town Manager this past year has been perplexing to say the least... Budget Committee informational requests, including a meeting with the Assessor, copies of warrant articles and interaction with the DPW Director, were regularly stonewalled by the Town Manager...

Monday, December 28, 2015

Chairman of the Trustees of the Trust Funds responds to Hampton Board of Selectmen
By Norm Silberdick @ 5:44 AM :: 3544 Views :: 1 Comments :: Letters to the Editor

The September 3, 2015 SEC Administrative proceeding against Warren J. Mackensen and his company, Mackensen & Company, Inc. (MCI), has raised some questions and concerns about the assets under management in various NH town trusts.

NH statutes make holding positions as a Selectman and Trustee at the same time incompatible offices for a good reason.

The Trustees have served the citizens well. We wish to continue to do so unencumbered by harassment and town politics.

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Town Manager Welch rightfully unpleasant at being called a “cheat and a liar”
By Norm Silberdick @ 7:57 AM :: 3005 Views :: 1 Comments :: Letters to the Editor

At the Board of Selectmen’s meeting December 7th, Town Manager Fred Welch stated during public comment stated “that it’s not a pleasant thing to come to work each day and be told you are a cheat and a liar, and that’s exactly what’s been going on.”

We at Rational Taxpayers of Hampton

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Hampton River Marina, Eminent Domain Taking?
By Benjamin Franklin @ 8:54 AM :: 2928 Views :: 1 Comments :: Letters to the Editor

Letter to the Editor

I find it very difficult to overcome my shock at reading about the board even discussing in public the Taking of a Private Business for use as a Public Park. That has to be the

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Helping Selectmen Bean to a fuller understanding
By Norm Silberdick @ 7:21 PM :: 3153 Views :: 1 Comments :: Letters to the Editor

Selectmen Bean's statement that “We’ve got guys looking for pay raises that haven’t gotten pay raises in a long time” has been researched by us, Rational Taxpayers of Hampton.

Here is our research findings.

Monday, November 2, 2015

Fantasy used to justify Tax Hike
By Norm Silberdick @ 11:25 AM :: 3675 Views :: 1 Comments :: Letters to the Editor

Mr. Griffin’s comparisons to other towns are fantasy.

“While the tax rate has increased, Griffin said it’s important to note that Hampton’s tax rate is still relatively lower than in neighboring towns. I look at what’s going to be happening in Exeter and Newmarket. Hampton’s tax rate is a bargain compared to some towns like Durham,” Griffin said. “Hampton’s tax rate is not going up as fast as the other towns around it.”

Selectmen Griffin's tax comparisions reflect not "relatively lower tax rate", but in fact actual fantasy.

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Early Preview of Hampton's Tax Increase
By Norm Silberdick @ 10:47 AM :: 3217 Views :: 1 Comments :: Letters to the Editor

For 2016 the Town Manager has proposed over forty tax impact warrant articles to the Board of Selectmen in addition to the operating budget. Although the 2016 operating budget itself is fairly flat when compared with last year’s budget, the basic ploy here is to have the ...

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Unethical tactics behind mid-year pay raises
By Norm Silberdick @ 6:10 AM :: 3591 Views :: 1 Comments :: Letters to the Editor

We are especially concerned that the selectmen need to exercise diligence in their administrative duties. The idea that the Board of Selectmen have given a salary increase in excess of 50 percent or $30,000 to one employee, but have no money for part time employees is blatantly unfair. In addition, the BOS have violated their own purchasing policies by awarding over $2 million in the trash disposal and hauling contracts to designated vendors resulting in a lawsuit that ultimately saved the town several hundred thousand dollars. These are egregious examples of sloppy oversight and/or cronyism. The taxpayers of Hampton can ill afford to have lazy selectmen and weak town administration, if the town expects to have a bright future.

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