This is an email sent to the Timberlane Budget Committee (and me) on Nov. 22, 2014 by a Timberlane resident. Mr. Buckley sure did some impressive homework.
I watched Arthur Green’s Budget Presentation with great interest. I support his efforts 100%. Frankly, I am quite amazed that some of you on the board do not even think it is your job to control the spending of this administration. If the tax payers cannot rely on you to reduce our tax burden, then who can we rely on? The administration is certainly not going spend less on their own.
From the meetings that I watch (including the School Board), I get the feeling that most of you think the taxpayers in Sandown are ill informed and just a bunch of complainers. I do not feel that our representatives are given the respect that they deserve.
I did a little research on my own by getting a copy of the 2014 Tax Rates from the NH Department of Revenue Administration (print date Nov. 20th). This report is only available in a PDF so I took the time to key enter the Town and Local School Tax Rate for the 208 towns currently listed. (see attached) I then created a second tab and sorted the information from highest Tax Rate to lowest. Of the 208 towns listed, Danville is third highest (21.09) and Sandown is sixth highest(19.45).
The overall average is 11.99, which I understand involves many factors. Even if you remove the lowest 30 towns, the average is only 13.27. This school district is spending at rates we cannot afford, especially in light of the dramatic drop in enrollment year after year. In just 2 years, the local school tax rate in Sandown has gone from 13.79 to 19.45. We have the 6th highest rate out of 208 towns on the current report!
Joshua and Michelle – congratulations to you and the tax payers of Danville on being third highest!
The tax payers rely on this board to fight to reduce our tax burden. I sincerely hope that you stand up to the administration and force them to spend less going forward.
Here is his chart: NH Local School Tax Rates by Town (2)
FOR MORE SURPRISING INFORMATION, PLEASE ATTEND THE TOWN HALL MEETING ON THE DRAFT SCHOOL BUDGET GIVEN BY ARTHUR GREEN, CATHY GORMAN AND MYSELF ON DEC. 7 , SUNDAY, 1-3 PM, SANDOWN TOWN HALL. Questions are welcomed.