Seabrook Town Hall will be closed today, Monday February 13, 2017 due to the winter storm that has descended on the region. If there are any issues please email email@example.com
Seabrook Town Hall will be closed today, Thursday February 9, 2017 due to the impending major winter storm. If there is any immediate business that needs attention please send an email to wmanzi@SeabrookNH.org
Please be safe today.
Seabrook officials, including Representatives Francis Chase, Jason Janvrin, and Aboul Khan, gathered at a Legislative hearing to express strong opposition to HB324, which would require localities to accept DRA assessments of utilities. This bill would, in essence, shift tax burden from utilities to residential, and other commercial taxpayers. Select Board Chair and State Representative Aboul Khan offered testimony on behalf of the Town. That testimony, which was later cited by expert witnesses, gives a strong overview of the negative impacts to the Town of Seabrook should this legislation be adopted. Thanks to our entire legislative delegation for their support.
Town of Seabrook Testimony on HB324 Good morning Mr. Chairman and honorable Committee members. On behalf of the Seabrook Board of Selectmen I respectfully offer testimony this morning in strong opposition to HB324. Our opposition is rooted in the inherent unfairness of shifting a major piece of our property tax burden from utility companies to residential, and other commercial taxpayers. In Seabrook that impact would be stark, with an estimated $360 million dollar loss in value, translating to a revenue loss of just under $3 million dollars. We have calculated that under this bill utilities would see, in my Town of Seabrook, a 21% decline in their share of the overall tax base. That additional burden would force large tax increases, or serious service cuts, onto our other taxpayers. We estimate that our tax rate would have increased by $1.92 under the provisions of this bill, a 13% increase. This shift of tax burden, to already hard pressed residential, and other commercial taxpayers, does not meet the most fundamental standard of fairness. As far as the DRA valuations themselves it is abundantly clear that both the results and methodologies are flawed. In the recent cases of Public Service Company of New Hampshire v. Town of Andover and New Hampshire Electric Cooperative v. Town of Andover the Board of Tax and Land Appeals found the DRA's valuation and allocation methodologies were not credible and were subject to considerable flaws. While there is no need to get into the detail involved in how to properly assess value I think it is fair to say that within the assessing community there is wide divergence on how to fairly do so, especially in the area of utilities. In summation I offer my opposition to HB324 on behalf of the taxpayers of the Town of Seabrook. The proposed one size fits all approach advocated in this bill will place taxpayers, and localities in New Hampshire, at a severe disadvantage, and provide a financial windfall to utilities. On that basis I respectfully ask the honorable committee not to recommend this bill. Mr. Chairman, and honorable members, I thank you for your time today.
Seabrook held a very successful Employee Benefits Fair, which brought many vendors to our Community Center for discussion and assistance for our employees last week. It is the first Employee Benefits Fair held here in many years, and we look forward to doing them annually. The Fair was put together by Lara Wolfendon and Tia Knowles, whose hard work made it a great success. Thank you to all the vendors who invested the time to make the Fair a great value for our employees.
The Town of Seabrook purchased a new recycling truck, which is now in service collecting our recyclables curbside. The truck was procured after a long process of laying out specifications, and careful management of the the truck build out after bid award. John Starkey, and his staff, worked hard on putting together the process, and overseeing the truck build to ensure we got the best value for Seabrook taxpayers. The recycling truck was financed with dollars from our recycling program, with no impact to our taxpayers. Thank you to John Starkey and the staff for all of the hard work.
The brand new ambulance procured by the Seabrook Fire Department has arrived, and is now “on the street.” This ambulance is financed with revenues from the ambulance service, with no impact to our tax rate. The Seabrook Fire Department, with a highly trained group of EMT’s and medics, provides first rate ambulance service to the people of Seabrook. Congratulations to Chief Edwards and Deputy Perkins.
The Seabrook Christmas Tree Lighting occurred Saturday night, and the Board of Selectmen would like to thank the Seabrook Lions Club, Trinity Church, and our man Stan, who worked very hard to make sure the event was a success, and that the lights went on after we threw the switch. Thanks to the Seabrook Fire Department and the Seabrook Police Department for all of their assistance.
The Seabrook Lions Club will host the annual Christmas Tree Lighting at Seabrook Town Hall today, Saturday November 26, 2016, at 5:45. Santa Claus will be on hand for this great family event, with plenty of excitement for the kids, and grown ups too. Hope to see you all there.
The Seabrook Board of Selectmen presented retiring Fire Captain Harold Hewlett a citation recognizing and honoring his service to the Town of Seabrook in a career that spanned thirty plus years. Congratulations and best wishes to Tuggy as he begins his retirement, and thank you for his outstanding service to our residents.
Chris Herren comes to Seabrook today, talking to our students at noon, and to the community tonight. Seabrook Recreation Director Katie Duffey agreed to do a Periscope to discuss the event, and tell us how to get tickets. Thanks to Katie for bringing in a great event, and for coming in to do the video.