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Tuftonboro's tax rate down by 5.8 percent

TUFTONBORO SELECTMEN (l-r) Chair Carolyn Sundquist, Bill Stockman and Dan Duffy stand next to the town’s pellet furnace recently installed in the basement of the Town House by Jesse E. Lyman, Inc. of North Conway. The energy efficient system, supplied by regional sustainable sources, was made possible by a $29,000 grant from the American Resource and Recovery Act. (Elissa Paquette photo) (click for larger version)
October 28, 2010
TUFTONBORO — Tuftonboro's tax rate is set at $8.49 per $1,000 assessed value, down from last year's rate of $9.01, announced Board of Selectmen Chair Carolyn Sundquist at the selectmen's meeting last Monday evening, Oct. 25, at the Town House.

She reported further, when questioned by resident John Simms, that both the school district portion and the state school portion have dropped to $2.80 and $2.25 respectively. The town portion is $2.43 and the county share is up three cents to $1.01. The overall drop in the rate is 52 cents or 5.77 percent.

The board received a letter from resident Dave Ford regarding completing the paving of the Tuftonboro Farms Association's road at the estimated cost of $46,000. The town is holding a $22,300 letter of credit for the project. Ford asked if the town would consider assessing the remainder through taxes. Selectman Stockman noted that the relationship with Ford has been positive, so he would like to move the matter forward.

After having been questioned by Simms about that practice, Stockman gave examples of other instances in which paying for a project through an assessment is considered appropriate, but when Sundquist said that the association was asking for a 10-year payment period, he quickly remarked, "That changes my tune." The matter remains under consideration.

Selectmen discussed whether the road would become a town road or whether that is for the voters to decide in March upon completion and the meeting of town specifications. Administrative Secretary Darlene McWhirter was asked to find the answer to that question.

Fire Department report

Fire and Safety Chief Adam Thompson reported on the department's activity this past month, noting that members worked with police on Oct. 15, the day of a storm that knocked trees down in the area. He also said that the airboat has returned from the repair shop and it has been restored to good condition, verified by inspection and float testing.

Lt. Caleb Pike assisted the Wolfeboro Fire Department with fire extinguisher training at in the Health Safety class at the high school.

Sundquist passed along a citizen's dissatisfaction with the placement and number of stop signs in Melvin Village. He said two is too many, and that they are unattractive and block the view. Chief Andrew Shagoury says the number and particular placement meet present law.

A motion to reopen the appeal of the July 30 decision on a no-wake zone in vicinity of Barber's Pole was heard on Oct. 1. Selectman Duffy said that there were not enough signatures on the original petition.

Duffy said he attended the meeting in Moultonborough in regard to the switch back to the so-called donor town funding of education throughout the state and observed that the representatives were there, but not many people. He said he talked with Gov. John Lynch who said he wasn't in favor of it either.

An informational forum on the Fire and Police Facility building plan took place following the meeting. It was filmed by Joe Kowalski to be aired Thursday evening, Oct. 28, and a report will appear in the upcoming edition of the Granite State News.

Voting Day is next Tuesday, Nov. 2. The selectmen will hold their meeting at the Town House at 9 a.m.

Littleton Chmber
Varney Smith
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