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New Hampshire

October 22, 2013

Pelham examines senior tax breaks

Pelham officials fear relief may be too generous

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Selectman William McDevitt said when there are advantages like a $7,000 tax break, people will try to game the system.

"It's human nature, we all know that," McDevitt said.

If the town is being forced into a more vigilant system because of such behavior, McDevitt said, he would support one.

Hurley said the intent isn't to deter people from applying, but to get more information to verify assets and consider options for making the program financially sound.

Selectmen told assessing officials they prefer an application process that isn't so daunting elder taxpayers are befuddled or scared away from a tax break they deserve.

Selectemen's Chairman Ed Gleason said selectmen will continue discussing the issue next week and could bring a warrant article to voters at Town Meeting.

Gleason said selectmen are being encouraged to take action.

"We were getting calls the next morning after the meeting, they had three at the town clerk's office," Gleason said. "People were saying, 'This is awful, you've got to do something.' We've got to at least have a dialogue about this."

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