What is the New Boston Taxpayers Association?
by Glen Dickey
The New Boston Taxpayers Association (NBTA) is a new non-partisan organization with a simple mission; to reduce taxes in New Boston. The recent increase in property taxes was felt by some in the community to be a step in the wrong direction, especially given the tenor of the current economic times. It’s simple; we think our current level of taxation is too high and our goal is to do something about it.
Initially there was a lot of desire to DO something immediately and something dramatic but, after consultation with other organizations we decided on a different course; to organize and analyze. In truth taxation and small town finance are complex subjects. If we don’t know what we are doing and just start pulling levers on the “budget machine”; we can expect unforeseen consequences, probably bad ones. Therefore we plan to spend the next year educating ourselves, organizing with interested individuals, studying the subject, and then taking action.
The New Boston Taxpayers Association believes that there is a definite role for a non-partisan taxpayers advocacy group in New Boston. We can act in a variety of roles to advise the citizens, and the town government, concerning tax issues and tax policy. The NBTA would like to emphasize that we do not see our organization acting in opposition the town government. Citizens of New Hampshire, and New Boston, are fortunate to have an easily accessible government. Our local elected officials and town administration have proven repeatedly to be accessible and more than willing to discuss town business. In fact some of our NBTA members serve currently on town committees and all are engaged in our community.
We believe that in working to reduce the tax burden on our citizens, we labor for the good of the community. The tax burden strikes the least economically resilient in our society the hardest; young people starting out in life, and our older citizens on fixed incomes. It has been said that a society may be judged on how it treats its vulnerable members. If that is so then we should be extra vigilant to keep our tax fair.
If New Boston lacks anything in size it makes up for it in quality of its inhabitants. We have good people involved in this organization. We have every expectation to present to the public specific, targeted proposals designed to reduce our tax burden in 2013. We invite all interested parties concerned about their property taxes to join our organization. We will hold our next public meeting on February 10th at 7PM in the Whipple Free Library.
Historical Note - After we adopted our name the New Boston Taxpayers Association it was learned that a previous group had also used that title in the late 1980’s. While the NBTA is a new organization, we are pleased that we can extend one of New Boston’s time honored traditions of involvement in town government.