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Hopkinton school budget hike sparks concern
02-08-2024 3:37 PM

By SRUTHI GOPALAKRISHNAN

Tricia Lambert fears this will be another year when the Hopkinton school district takes the lion’s share of funding, leaving little for the town’s needs.Taxpayers only have so much money they can pay, and she worries town priorities will be squeezed...

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Henniker proposed town budget up 6%
02-14-2024 1:44 PM

By DAVID BROOKS

Henniker voters will face a town operating budget of $6.66 million, up 6% from the amount approved last year, on election day as well as a $1.5 million bond to continue upgrades of the wastewater system.Tuesday’s budget hearing contained some debate...


Warner residents to vote on select board expansion to five members
02-12-2024 10:28 AM

By MICHAELA TOWFIGHI

Christine Frost recognizes the many duties of a select board member in Warner. Sometimes they need to know the role of a town librarian. Other times, they’re a town historian. And they’re often equal parts rule-setter and follower. She believes it’s a...


Dunbarton’s budget increase offset by surplus funds
02-09-2024 12:34 PM

By SRUTHI GOPALAKRISHNAN

For Dunbarton residents, the town has achieved a minimal 1.15% increase in its operating budget by utilizing surplus fund balances to support a portion of operational costs, effectively easing the burden on taxpayers.Selectman David Nault credits the...


Loudon residents ask select board to better explain warrants
02-08-2024 5:15 PM

By MICHAELA TOWFIGHI

When Alicha Kingsbury thinks of town meeting, truly understanding where tax dollars are going and what a warrant article means comes from years of attending monotonous meetings and talking to town officials. For most people in Loudon, that’s out of...


Weare says teachers contract needed to stop staff from leaving
02-08-2024 3:12 PM

By DAVID BROOKS

In the previous three years, according to data presented Wednesday night, the Weare School District has hired 46 new teachers, yet only 25 of them are still working in the district.Most of the rest have left to work in other districts, often...


Growing tax burden and affordability hit home in Warner
02-07-2024 5:19 PM

By MICHAELA TOWFIGHI

Diane Richter knows two things to be true. When she moved to Dunbarton 22 years ago, she saw friends of generational families move after the town passed a significant tax spike. If the proposed budget passes in Warner, where she lives now, the same...


Webster returns focus to illegal land sale along Walker Pond
02-07-2024 4:41 PM

By SRUTHI GOPALAKRISHNAN

Webster residents will soon face a looming question: Should the town seek the return of two properties that were illegally sold along pristine Walker Pond?The petitioned warrant article calls for the return of two town-owned parcels, each 1.5 acres in...


Ballfield debate dominates Weare deliberative session
02-07-2024 3:55 PM

By CHLOE RATTEE

Weare residents were divided over the future use of 137 acres on East Road that was acquired by the town in 2013.Two warrant articles targeting the land known as the Banks-Schmid property took up hours of debate at Saturday’s deliberative session....


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End of Merrimack Station power plant settlement eases Bow’s finances
02-06-2024 5:07 PM

By SRUTHI GOPALAKRISHNAN

With the town of Bow completing its final payment to the Merrimack Station power plant this year to settle an old tax dispute, the town’s operating budget is set to decrease next year.The operating budget now stands at $11.4 million, reflecting a 5.2%...


Boscawen to weigh modest budget increase, community power at Town Meeting
02-05-2024 6:07 PM

By CATHERINE McLAUGHLIN

Boscawen residents will consider a $4.9 million operating budget at their town meeting this year, an increase of roughly $54,000, or 1.1%.Relatively small increases spread across departments, many related to rising wages or insurance costs, make up...


With low attendance, a speedy deliberative session in Pittsfield
02-05-2024 5:51 PM

By RAY DUCKLER

The deliberative session of the Pittsfield Town Meeting last Saturday attracted less than two dozen residents, who flew through 30 articles in an estimated 30 minutes.“We knocked them right out of the park,” Pittsfield Select Board Chairman Carl...


Weare School District deliberate session to be held Wednesday evening
02-05-2024 11:00 AM

By DAVID BROOKS

Voters in Weare will see a proposed $18.71 million operating budget for the town’s two schools, an increase of $231,000 or 1.25%, at the school district deliberate session on Wednesday, Feb. 7.If the budget passes the school tax rate would increase...


Allenstown seeks to split one job into two to increase talent pool
02-05-2024 7:48 AM

By RAY DUCKLER

Allenstown residents chose to reduce the potential operating budget at their deliberative session on Saturday, saving $25,000 by eliminating curbside recycling, which has emerged as a major talking point in recent years.The amended $5.5 million budget...


State criticized for lack of school funding support at Epsom deliberative session
02-03-2024 4:27 PM

By JONATHAN VAN FLEET

Faced with ever-rising costs in a school district that already makes up 70% of the tax bill in town, a common complaint emerged Saturday morning in Epsom: The state of New Hampshire needs to do a better job funding education.“One of the reasons we...


Higher taxes are inevitable across the Granite State, with the Pittsfield board showing limits are possible
02-01-2024 5:53 PM

By RAY DUCKLER

Select Board Chairman Carl Anderson knows the word “taxes” might cause an uneasy feeling Saturday at the deliberative session of the annual Pittsfield Town Meeting.He also knows that taxes are unavoidable, a way to better serve towns throughout the...


Epsom budget hike driven by special education costs
02-01-2024 4:25 PM

By JONATHAN VAN FLEET

Rising special education and transportation costs in Epsom – two things school officials have little control over – have led to a proposed budget that carries a significant tax increase.If the $14.2 million Epsom school budget is passed, it would...


Bow residents fear traffic and water issues from Flatley development 
05-25-2023 4:02 PM

By NINA MOSKE

Fears of traffic jams and dried-up wells dominated the conversation at Bow Town Hall on Wednesday night, where representatives of the John Flatley Company presented revised plans for a proposed mixed-use development off Logging Hill Road. About 30 Bow...


In Warner, residents celebrated community members, while approving an 18 percent increase to budget 
03-30-2023 5:25 PM

By MICHAELA TOWFIGHI

Warner residents will have reason to celebrate in 2024, as the town prepares for its 250th anniversary. And in honor of the upcoming year of town pride, residents kicked off the annual meeting with a celebratory tune: a rendition of happy birthday on...


After a six-hour long meeting, Boscawen approves town budget and warrant articles
03-26-2023 8:25 AM

By SRUTHI GOPALAKRISHNAN

In a meeting lasting six hours, over 180 residents packed into Boscawen’s elementary school gym Saturday to vote on a modified version of the proposed budget and warrant articles after residents previously expressed criticism over a plan to increase...

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