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Taxes take a leap
DIXFIELD- Following a lengthy selectman's meeting last week, the decision was made to set the property tax rate at $18 per $1,000 valuation, citizens will be seeing an increase of over 7 percent from the last fiscal year rate of $16.75.
The increase could have been higher, but during the June town meeting citizens voted to use $110,000 from the town surplus account to keep the increase at a minimum, according to town manager Eugene Skibitsky.
With the town's share of the school taxes alone increasing by $180,000, they have used up their credits with RSU 10 to keep that amount down. With $230,000 received by the town when the RSU was formed, they used their last $100,000 for this past year.
Selectman Norine Clarke ntoed, “None of are surprised by the increase. With the price of everything from fuel to food going up and then the RSU having to equalize salaries and benefits, what choice did we have? Maybe next year we'll see the district making a more reasonable request.”
The first-half tax payments made after the deadline of September 15 will be subject to the 7 percent increase and the second half will be due on April 15.