Results of the March 18th School Meeting
Yesterday was the annual school meeting. Our attempt to reduce the budget by $400,00 failed by four votes. Your vote does count!! We did our best to save the property owners money. As long as people do not go to the meetings to vote, tax stabilization or/and reduction is little more than an unattainable dream.
I would like to thank the 229 people that did go and voted for the cut.
Our attempt to impose a tax cap never even came to a vote. It was derailed by a seldom used- and in this case MISUSED- procedure which was to table the article. Tabling is not supposed to be used to kill a bill. It is supposed to be a temporary measure so that a more important issue could be discussed. That was not the case here. We would have lost the vote anyway, because not enough people showed up to support our efforts.
The voters have spoken. Unlike the whining Trump bashers, we accept the results.
Better luck next year
Goals and Objectives
The HTA is a grassroots organization born of the belief that the property taxes in the town are rising exponentially and are so high that residents can no longer afford them.
It is the goal of the Association, therefore, to rein in the spending, and bring the tax rate down to sustainable levels. In order to achieve this goal, we have adopted a multi-faceted approach that will monitor all three of the budgets that make up the tax rate- County, Town, and School. For the present, the HTA will concentrate most of its effort on the school and town budgets. We have no political affiliation. Membership is open to anyone who shares our belief that the taxes here are too high. We are not anti-education or anti-anything, except crippling taxes. We should not have to see our futures taxed away and our seniors forced out of their homes.
We will propose reasonable budget cuts where we feel it is necessary, keeping in mind that we all want good education for our children, a successful community, and the services that are provided by the County, all supported by affordable taxation.
Make a Donation
We are a non-profit organization. We do not require dues and our budget is limited. We are all unpaid volunteers. Please consider making a donation. This money will be used for postage and/or advertising. You do not have to be a member to contribute. We are working for you. To donate call 989-3211 or 787-2060.
The mailing address is: PO Box 171, Haverhill, NH 03765.
Ron Willoughby- 787-2060