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Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Average Single-Family Home Property Tax $7,150 estimate for 2018
By Norm Silberdick @ 5:14 AM :: 92 Views :: 0 Comments :: Letters to the Editor

If all municipal, SAU90 and Winnacunnet High School warrant articles pass this March the Hampton tax rate will increase by 7% to $17.53 this year. The accumulative increase in the taxes on an average single-family home will have risen from $5,989 in 2014 to $7,150 in 2018, a 19% increase of over $1,000 in only 4 years. At this rate we will be at $9,000 in another five years. The 2018 estimate does not even include the $11.8 million WWTP bond on the ballot, if approved it will not hit the tax rate until 2019.

In the past few years a number of high cost warrant articles have passed by less than 25 votes. With little effort, you can make a difference!

Monday, February 19, 2018

Improper Use of the Road Maintenance Fund with Article 9 will drain the Fund
By Norm Silberdick @ 8:08 AM :: 63 Views :: 0 Comments :: Letters to the Editor

The Road Improvement Fund should be prioritized for use on those roads in Hampton that need to be reconstructed, paved or otherwise improved, NOT for the beautification project by Experience Hampton in Article 44 of last year’s warrant.

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Support Warrant Article 7 - Waste Water Treatment Upgrades
By Norm Silberdick @ 9:18 PM :: 103 Views :: 0 Comments :: Letters to the Editor

Rational Taxpayers of Hampton will support Warrant Article 7 calling for a bond issue for $11,780,000 for necessary upgrades to the Waste Water Treatment Plant. During the public hearings for this project and at Public Comments, Rational Taxpayer members and its supporters spoke up to challenge the original amount of the bond issue which resulted in a $2 million reduction.

Areas that we remain concerned about include:

Saturday, February 17, 2018

What does "No Tax Impact" mean?
By Norm Silberdick @ 4:23 PM :: 70 Views :: 0 Comments :: Letters to the Editor

each article should stand on its own merits and not be a scheme devised by the Board of Selectmen to mislead the voters

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

A Challenge to Chairman Waddell
By Norm Silberdick @ 3:49 PM :: 491 Views :: 0 Comments :: Letters to the Editor

Why do some businesses get their trash picked up daily, some less frequently, while other businesses do not have their trash or recycling picked up at all by the Town remains a head scratcher. Town officials should have some understanding of this. I call on the Selectmen to

Friday, November 10, 2017

Town Of Hampton versus the State of New Hampshire
By Jerry Znoj @ 3:51 PM :: 505 Views :: 1 Comments :: Letters to the Editor

The “don’t rock the boat” strategy (we will work it out over time) is a failed strategy! This suggested strategy smacks of politics and passivism

Friday, September 22, 2017

Police chief should not be working details
By Norm Silberdick @ 5:58 AM :: 1964 Views :: 1 Comments :: Letters to the Editor

The whole practice doesn’t benefit the public; long-term it results in taxpayers footing the cost of increased pension benefits that the chief will receive for detail work and any impact on increasing workers comp premiums.

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

In memoriam of Sandy Buck and Arthur Moody
By Norm Silberdick @ 12:34 PM :: 2255 Views :: 1 Comments :: Letters to the Editor

The Town of Hampton lost two wonderful citizens in Sandy Buck and Arthur Moody. These two dedicated Hampton citizens will be missed.

Thursday, June 8, 2017

"Fast one" being pulled by the Town Manager
By Norm Silberdick @ 6:13 PM :: 2463 Views :: 1 Comments :: Letters to the Editor

Either the policy was a draft, which it clearly is not, or a fast one was being pulled by the Town Manager. There is some explaining to do.

Thursday, May 4, 2017

More of the Town’s business behind closed doors
By Norm Silberdick @ 10:55 AM :: 2789 Views :: 1 Comments :: Letters to the Editor

Doing more and more of the Town’s business behind closed doors opens it up for more inefficiency, less checks and balances, more cronyism and potentially corruption. We strongly suggest that the Selectmen and Town Manager ...

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