Property Taxes

Neal Kurk’s Assault on the Truth

by Ed Mosca May 6, 2018

To understand why Representative Kurk is #FullofSchiff, we need to understand how SB 193 works.  From a prior post: The bill provides that an “eligible student” can receive a grant from the State equal to 95 percent of the per-pupil funding the State provides to municipalities to pay for the cost of an “adequate education” […]

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FB Doodlings – “Scott Metzger: Some of property-tax burden should be shifted to vehicle registrations” – Part 1

by Skip April 10, 2018

Yeah, sure thing.  Once again, a lack of thought about a taxing system as a whole versus just wanting a myriad of taxes to replace NH’s property tax system.  Sadly, Scott Metzger fails to understand the driver(s) for this and is simply stated by a famous phrase by a former NH Governor. Emphasis mine, reformatted: […]

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So Scott Metzger thinks adding new taxes makes things “equitable”?

by Skip February 25, 2018

All that does is make it nigh onto impossible for the average person to figure out who is goring their wallets.  It doesn’t solve the problem: Year after year I am saddened to see my town continually divided over the ability or inability of its citizens to afford an increase in our property taxes. At […]

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A Great Day at the New Hampshire House

by Op-Ed February 23, 2018

By NH State Rep. John Burt Thursday 2-22-2018 was a great day at the NH State House. One year ago today Constitutional Carry was signed by Governor Chris Sununu. That is me hugging the Governor.  If Gramma is late on her property taxes her interest reduction bill just passed the House. The committee vote to kill […]

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Of Property Tax exemptions…

by Skip January 29, 2018

One of the warrants that will be brought up at my hamlet’s Deliberative Session this week is one that would extend the property tax break given to honorably discharged veterans – a snippet from the Laconia Daily Sun: Veterans exemption The warrant has a mixed 2-1 recommendation on expanding the veterans’ property tax exemption “to […]

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NH Ranked 7th Best Overall for BusinessTax Climate

by Steve MacDonald October 4, 2017

The Tax Foundation has released their 2017 State Business Tax Climate Index, and New Hampshire ranks 7th best in the nation. That’s impressive considering how poorly the Granite State did in some key categories. It ranked 46th for Corporate taxes (this report does not account for the recent reductions in that tax), 43rd for Property […]

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Portsmouth Property Re-valuation Meeting Video – Not Available?

by Steve MacDonald September 28, 2017

The City of Portsmouth has been ruffling feathers over a proposed property re-valuation. “I can see it coming,” Whitehouse said Monday. “Come October or the last part of September when they set the tax rate, then I’ll know how bad things will be. I keep cutting and cutting, but I’m all by myself and I’m […]

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Unpaid taxes and contaminated hides: There’s something rotten in the Town of Raymond

by Kimberly Morin February 27, 2017

On March 14th, the Town of Raymond will be holding its annual vote on warrant articles and open elected positions.   There have been some extremely interesting town meetings and deliberative sessions with the school board, the selectmen and a candidates’ night. During some of these meetings it was brought up that there are over $2 […]

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603 Alliance Issues Briefing Summit – Property Rights

by Steve MacDonald August 27, 2016
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In this segment, Government Overreach & Federalism, Jim Kofalt from the 603 Alliance discusses the issue of Federal Land grabs and the EPA’s MS4 Water regulations. Both present significant problems for property rights and property taxes. Everyone in New Hampshire, whether citizen or citizen legislator, needs to understand what they are and the impact these Federal efforts […]

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Don’t Like NH’s Property Taxes? Then Move to Maine

by Steve MacDonald July 20, 2016
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Source: WalletHub This is an Interactive map! Skip took some time to fisk a letter to the Concord Monitor in which someone named John Andrews complains about the high property taxes in New Hampshire. He notes that across the border in Maine, he’d be paying a lot less in property taxes. Skip does a great job […]

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John Andrews obviously doesn’t want people to have any control of their tax burden

by Skip July 20, 2016

Ah yes, yet another missive from the Left complaining that the amount raised by property taxes here in NH should be paid by anyone other than by themselves.  While the original is after the jump, this Letter to the Concord Monitor quickly sums up their argument (reformatted, emphasis mine): The writer cites a $250,000 house […]

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“Athens on the Lake”

by Susan Olsen July 17, 2015

“Pension payments to Chicago public union employees have become so high that today all the property taxes paid by the households of Chicago go exclusively to pensions. The operating expenses are paid by additional taxes on things from packs of cigarettes, to gasoline, sales tax, and cable TV bills. Given these facts about how Chicago’s […]

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Update on Obamacare Libraries

by Skip July 1, 2013

As I reported yesterday:   “May I suggest a good book today – and a GREAT Obamacare healthcare insurance plan??” Remember when the Patriot Act first came out and the hysteria that ensued from the Nation’s Librarians when they found out that the Feds could come in and demand what books had been taken out by […]

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Is This A Coincidence?

by Steve MacDonald February 21, 2013

Just wondering.

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Annie McKluster Doesn’t Pay Her Taxes? [Updated & Bumped]

by Steve MacDonald February 5, 2013

The New Hampshire Young Republicans (NHYR) want to know why Congress-critter Ann McLane Kuster (I prefer McKluster) is worth an estimated $1.8 million dollars but can’t manage to pay her property taxes? “While Annie Kuster pushes a message that we all need to chip in a little extra, she has failed to pay her fair […]

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Data Point – It’s the TOTAL tax burden, you ninnies (and not just the property tax)

by Skip October 23, 2012

When it comes to taxes paid, what really matters when getting down to brass tacks, is the total amount that is hoovered up by Government.  Once again, we see that NH does well indeed: The top 10 states with the lowest tax burdens as a percentage of state income are as follows: Alaska, 7.0 percent […]

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Democrat Maggie Hassan – Lives In A Half Million Dollar Home, Pays No Property Taxes

by Steve MacDonald October 16, 2012

The Duchess of Phillips Exeter…yeah, she’s in touch with the average New Hampshire taxpayer….not.

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It’s A NH Democrat Bill Kennedy Kind Of Morning…This Time It’s About Tax Burden

by Steve MacDonald August 14, 2012

Bill is probably a great guy, and I’m sure he never meant to violate Department of Defense regulations by posting images of himself in uniform on a campaign web site.  But that’s not the only thing that caught my eye while I was there.  Bill is also guilty of lying by omission. You see, while […]

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Mark Fernald Needs New Material for His Income Tax Arguments

by Steve MacDonald July 23, 2012

Mark Fernald wants New Hampshire to have an income tax before he dies.  It appears to be one of his deepest desires.  So desperate is this need that he is willing to reuse debunked rhetoric to ensure he is not prohibited from having the chance to get one. Yesterday, over at Windham Patch, Fernald had […]

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(Repost-Flashback!) Seth Marshall Discovers Property Taxes

by Steve MacDonald April 22, 2012

As part of Remembering Democrat Rule – another post from the past… Seth Marshall Discovers Property Taxes Originally posted Saturday, May 15, 2010 at 09:04PM Hat tip out of the gate to fellow NHI front pager Richard Olsen Jr. for this fine bit or wordsmithing on Democrat Rep Seth Marshall’s brief letter to the Nashua Telegraph about a […]

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Bar Stool Economics

by Steve MacDonald July 1, 2011

Left wing tax policy and the class warfare rhetoric they use to advance it crumbles in the face of even the most simplistic analysis. Take the left wing war on the wealthy. They argue that the rich do not pay their fair share even though the rich pay most of the taxes. Here in New Hampshire the Mark Fernald wing of the democrat party apes this ridiculous technique on the matter of New Hampshire property taxes, a notion upon which the social justice mavens and the Granite State “Fair Tax” Coalition are meant to agitate. But neither claim holds water and this cross post from CNHT explains why.

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Granite State Fair Tax Spins And Spins And Spins

by Steve MacDonald March 16, 2011

To sell you on this Utopian elixir of piss, GSFTC argues that New Hampshire’s property taxes favor the rich, and most recently have sent out a pile of nonsense with some misleading graphs, through Fernald’s email list to make the sale. But as usual it is spun upside down and backwards and ignores one very unassailable fact. New Hampshire has one of the lowest overall tax burdens in the nation because it relies on property taxes.

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The Cost of Defining “Adequate” In Merrimack NH

by Steve MacDonald March 1, 2011

I announced that if you took the total Merrimack School budget and divided it by the total student enrollment that it cost more than the sending your kid to UNH. This appears to have riled some people up. In fact someone sent me an nice itemized list of the “costs” of sending your kid to UNH for a year just to prove I was wrong, and to justify how Merrimack’s cost per child wasn’t as much.

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What Tax is Fair?

by Steve MacDonald October 3, 2010

The Granite State Fair Tax folks are back trolling for a broad based tax on the idea that it is more fair?  Fair to whom?  That’s always the question but it never tries to address why we need a tax, and why we need to control how much of it the government can collect, or […]

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Why Property Taxes?

by Steve MacDonald May 25, 2010

I have argued at great length on why relying primarily on local property taxes are the best mechanism for keeping government small.  But no matter how often I bring it up someone always tries to make the point that it’s not fair.  Why should the people who actually own the physical land in the state […]

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