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DOUG MADDEN, up on the roof of the Tuftonboro town offices building on Nov. 14, assisted by Don Huntress, down below, works on the last section of the new roof. (Elissa Paquette photo) (click for larger version)
November 17, 2011
TUFTONBORO — Tuftonboro's 2011 tax rate is set at $8.71 per $1,000 of assessed property value, an increase of 2.6 percent over the 2010 tax rate of $8.49.

The property tax rate consists of four parts: the town portion, the local school portion, the state school portion and the county portion.

The town's portion was down 40 cents from the 2010 rate of $2.42 per $1,000 valuation to $2.02 per $1,000, a drop of 16.5 percents, thanks to a drop in the town's 2011 net appropriation of $403,000.

The county rate also went down by two cents to $1 per $1,000, but the local school rate went up from $2.80 to $3.29, an increase of 49 cents or 17.5 percent and the state school rate went from $2.25 to $2.40, an increase of 15 cents or 6.7 percent.

Tuftonboro's total property tax commitment for 2011 was $8.9 million.

Looking ahead to 2012, voters will once again be asked to attend to the town's infrastructure, this time for a standalone fire station to be built on the Gould property on Route 109A. Last year's proposal of a combined fire and police public safety building came close to fruition with 60 percent voting in the affirmative, but a vote to reconsider in light of the near miss on the bonded warrant article failed with a strong negative voter turnout.

The Tuftonboro Fire/Rescue Department Building Committee, led by Chairman Jim Allan, brought a new, scaled-down proposal to the Board of Selectman on Nov. 7 to "bring its fire department into the 21st century" and are taking it through the scrutiny of the budget process in preparation for a warrant article.

On another financial note, Selectman Chair Bill Stockman reported at the Nov. 14 meeting that Public Service of New Hampshire is raising its electric rates between three to seven percent, depending on the rate classification. Stockman says residential rates, specifically, are going up 4 percent.

Locally, the transfer station reported revenues of $3,258 for the month of October. Manager Clay Gallagher pointed out that the separation of aluminum from the scrap metal netted $399; if left mingled with the scrap metal it would have earned around just $40. He is ordering special recycling receptacles to collect glass, aluminum and plastic at the town wharf in Melvin Village and the other town docks to further encourage separation, which leads to increased revenue.

A few residents have taken the town up on its offer of free coal for the taking in the basement of the town offices building, but Code Officer Jack Parsons says around five tons remain. He is ready to take Stockman up on his offer to remove it, for the bulkhead needs to be repaired. Stockman said that the basement used to hold two tiers of cider barrels, years ago, when it was a residence.

The re-roofing of the office building is just about complete and Road Agent Jim Bean has been readying equipment and clearing culverts in preparation for the winter ahead.

Martin Lord Osman
Salmon Press
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