ALERTS: Town Hall CLOSED, Friday, May 27th and Monday, May 30th. The Transfer Station will be CLOSED, Monday, May 30th. Monday's rubbish will be picked up on Tuesday's the 31st.

Seabrook Officials Offer Strong Opposition to HB324

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.


Portsmouth Regional Hospital Comes to Seabrook

The Board of Selectmen welcomed Portsmouth Regional Hospital to Seabrook this week to announce the placement of a full service Emergency Room in Seabrook, in partnership with Waterstone Development. This is a terrific development for Seabrook, bringing vital medical services into the community, 45 new jobs to start, and substantial tax revenue. My thanks to Dean Carucci of Portsmouth Regional Hospital and the folks at Waterstone Development. From the joint press release from the Town of Seabrook and Portsmouth Regional Hospital.

Portsmouth Regional Hospital’s Seabrook ER, a freestanding ER for the communities of Seabrook, Hampton and Hampton Falls in New Hampshire and Amesbury and Salisbury in Massachusetts will be located at 603 Lafayette Road, at the Intersection of Route 1 and Route 107, in Seabrook, New Hampshire. “The Town of Seabrook and Portsmouth Regional Hospital have mutually committed to address the critical need for a convenient local healthcare access point close to major arteries such as Interstate 95 and Route 1,” stated William Manzi III, Seabrook town manager. “The freestanding Seabrook ER will also provide needed employment for the area and will continue Portsmouth Regional Hospital’s tradition of quality patient-centered care for the communities it serves,” stated Dean Carucci, Portsmouth Regional Hospital CEO. “We hope to create an estimated 45 new healthcare jobs with this project,” Carucci continued. Key Features: 24/7/365 Freestanding Emergency Room Fully integrated department of Portsmouth Regional Hospital Approximately 10,000 square feet Fully integrated department of Portsmouth Regional Hospital Approximately 10,000 square feet Approximately 10 emergency room bays, including a fully equipped Trauma bay Separate pediatric waiting area, triage, and a dedicated bay State of the art imaging, including CT, Ultrasound, and Radiology Covered ambulance entrance for patient drop-off/pick-up and EMS lounge Portsmouth Regional Hospital will provide a tax base for the Seabrook community Seabrook ER will employ 45-50 people (approximately 43 FTEs) Seabrook ER will be staffed by experienced professionals, including emergency nurses and board certified emergency care physicians Located at 603 Lafayette Road, Seabrook, NH 03874 at the intersection of Route 1 and Route 107 in Seabrook Portsmouth Regional Hospital is a Chest Pain Accredited Hospital and Joint Commission Certified Primary Stroke Center Vital information for heart patients will be able to be transmitted to the Seabrook ER, just as EMS crews would do at PRH Patients needing to be admitted to an inpatient bed will be transported to the main campus with seamless care handoff to our excellent intensivist and hospitalists Anticipate opening in the summer of 2017.

Portsmouth6

Portsmouth2

Portsmouth3

Portsmouth9

The press coverage of the announcement by the Town of Seabrook and Portsmouth Regional Hospital.


Seabrook Memorial Day

The Town of Seabrook turned out on a beautiful Sunday to honor those who have made the ultimate sacrifice in the service of our Country, to preserve the freedom and liberty we hold dear. The Board of Selectmen would like to thank all who participated in the service, and the Parade. Special thanks to the American Legion for all that they do for Seabrook. God Bless America. The Memorial Service is attached below.

Seabrook Memorial Day