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October 4, 2013

Fears allayed; tax rates will be set on time

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Gaydos was one of those town officials who let his feelings be known. He blames the Department of Education.

“These people in education have known this since last year,” he said. “We all look incompetent.”

Gaydos was relieved to hear about Beardmore’s decision yesterday after wondering if the tax payment deadline would be Dec. 31 — the last possible day.

He said the town was lucky it had $1.9 million in reserve in case it was needed until tax payments were made. But the DRA’s announcement still gave many communities a scare, he said.

“It’s insulting to send bills that aren’t going to be done until about Christmas,” Gaydos said. “There were going to be some people who weren’t going to be able to get their deductions.”

Sandown Town Clerk/Tax Collector Michelle Short was relieved, too.

“That’s good news,” she said. “It obviously put us in a time crunch. It was concerning.”

When Short was notified of the potential delay Wednesday, she immediately expressed her discontent to the DRA. Sandown officials discussed the possible need for tax anticipation notes to cover costs, she said.

Short said she was still upset when she went home that night and talked to her husband about it.

“We were talking about folding tax bills at Thanksgiving dinner,” she said.

Salem Town Manager Keith Hickey was happy to learn there wouldn’t be a delay. He said the town would have to consider tax anticipation notes if the delay were more than 30 days.

Windham Town Administrator David Sullivan said his town sometimes has to borrow $1 million to $2 million to pay expenses until tax bills are paid. The town would probably have to borrow money again if there were a delay, he said.

“It definitely puts a kink in our financial picture if we don’t have taxes coming in until mid- or late December,” he said. “It definitely has an impact on us.”

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