Says residential taxpayers, especially the elderly, are going to be hit hard. Calls for tax bills to be issued prior to November’s election
For Immediate Release
MANCHESTER, NH September 3, 2021–Saying large numbers of residential taxpayers are in for a staggering surprise when their tax bills arrive, Manchester Republican mayoral candidate Richard H. Girard released a video in which he uses a PowerPoint presentation to explain the pre-budget impact of the revaluation on the city’s residential taxpayers. In the video, Girard also shares the outline of a proposal he plans to formalize that would prevent such huge spikes in assessed value, helping to protect taxpayers against the kind of sticker shock they’re now getting hit with. For the second time in two days, Girard called for tax bills to be sent in advance of the November elections.
“As I predicted back in December, there is a really big shift in the tax burden from commercial/industrial properties to residential ones in this revaluation. Looks like residential properties will now shoulder about 20% more of the total tax burden because the increase in the value of the city’s commercial/industrial properties lagged way behind the increase in residential properties. So, even before the impact of the budget that went into effect on July 1, 2021, a huge number of taxpayers are going to see big increases in their tax bills. Senior citizens who’ve lived in their homes for decades are likely to suffer more significantly than most others from the sky-high jump in values.
“I have confirmed that it is possible for the city to provide the state with all the information it needs to set the city’s tax rate by mid-October. If it does, the tax bills can be sent well in advance of this year’s election. They should be. The taxpayers deserve to know just how hard they’re going to get hit before they vote so they know whether or not they want a fiscally conservative and responsible mayor who won’t support overriding the Tax Cap under any circumstance and has the determination and ability to change how the city operates and spends taxpayer dollars. I call upon Mayor Joyce Craig to direct the necessary city departments to submit the necessary filings with the Department of Revenue Administration so that tax bills can be sent in the third week of October. It can and should be done.”