"A lifelong New Hampshire citizen, I want everyone to pay their fair share, and make New Hampshire a more appealing place for people to start and raise families."
New Hampshire is my home. I grew up between Salem and Raymond. I went to Plymouth State University. For the past few years, I've worked at a lumber yard in Kingston.
I know what it is to come from a hunting household, to live in places where you can't see your neighbors through the trees. I've hiked our mountains, swam in our lakes and rivers, and walked our rail trails.
I love New Hampshire. That's why I ran to be on our municipal budget committee, where I can be involved in volunteering my time to help our town. And what I've learned from that process is that there is something off about the way we fund things. Every year we see our taxes go up faster than our paychecks.
So once again I'm stepping up to the plate. Our State Representatives are volunteer, just like our town budget committee, but I'm committed to doing my part to make our voices heard in Concord, and speak up on behalf of everyone in this town.
Property Tax Relief
The biggest issue I hear about on the budget committee is how our property taxes seem to increase every year, burdening working class families. And this is a message I've heard loud and clear.
What we're doing isn't working. That's clear when we look around our state. High property taxes, often shouldering huge burdens for town and school budgets, have driven the cost of housing in New Hampshire through the roof.
This is just one of many reasons that young people are fleeing the state, instead of setting down roots or continuing family traditions.
The solution to me is clear: we need to relieve the burden of property taxes in land poor towns like ours. But how?
Look at most towns in our state, and you'll notice a pattern: school budgets are where the majority of our tax dollars go. And that money comes from our property taxes. As it is, Raymond schools are not the most prestigious, and struggling for funds means that we can't attract higher quality educators, or pay for the sort of extra curricular and advanced placement courses that attract new families.
Our school system has a huge backlog of maintenance, repairs, and system updates and overhauls, but we simply don't have the money to make them happen.
So what to do? We can better fund our education and relieve our property taxes simultaneously. How? We've already got a mechanism in place to do it! The room and meals tax was put in place to fund our schools, and relive the burden of property taxes. However, politicians in Concord have redirected those funds away from their intended use.
In the spirit of transparency and good faith, we should get those funds back where they belong--giving our students a modern education, no matter their zip code.
If you've driven down Rte. 107 lately, I'm sure you've noticed the new pavement. I sure have. And the difference between the condition of our roads just a couple months ago and now is night and day.
I'm a firm believer that the quality of roads in a town or state is a great indicator for civic health. Raymond as a town has been investing in our roads, and part of that has been possible because of money from the state.
The maintenance and care of our state roads is directly controlled by the state as well. And I believe that roads and bridges should be a priority. It's hard enough on our vehicles, dealing with salt and snow. Potholes are inconvenient at best, and dangerous at worst.
As an issue that I care about deeply, I'll always be sure to support the infrastructure that supports us.
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