I don’t know about you, but for me $30 per thousand is a psychological breaking point. Sandown’s property tax rate this year is $30.78. We’ve outstripped even the notorious town of Danville which has a comparably attractive $28.25 per thousand this year.
Tax rates have to be understood in the context of property values, and though Sandown’s tax bills will not be going out until November 27th, I can be absolutely certain my property taxes will be going up at least $700 this year, and probably more.
Our school board representatives, our school budget committee representatives, our selectmen and our town budget committee all need to get a whiff of reality. These punitive tax rates depress property values, force the elderly from their homes, and create an economic downward spiral.
The school district budget for next year is being drafted now and as usual the administration does not want to reveal their bottom line until the very last moment. Your elected representatives let them get away with this strategic ploy every single year. The less time there is to react, the harder it is to marshal arguments and data against increases.
You are currently paying $20,000 per student for every grade level. (The budget divided by the number of students = approx. $20,000 per student.)
If you think this is good value and you are happy with 9% tax increases year after year, then I wish you the warmest of holiday cheer when you write your check to the Town of Sandown on Dec. 27th. The rest of us will be wondering where it will end.
Tonight SAU 55 is holding a “public hearing” on their budget which becomes part of Timberlane’s budget. It includes a new full-time staff position. Why not? You can’t do a darn thing about it.
It’s all one big, wet raspberry to the public.