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GUEST EDITORIAL
by John Burpee, Goffstown 
Support the elderly tax exemption
BOS-recommended Article 21 provides much-needed tax relief for Goffstown's elderly and disabled homeowners
January 9, 2007

On March 13th, there will be a Warrant article to revise and update the Tax Exemption Program for Elderly and Disabled Homeowners who are residents of Goffstown.  Recently approved by the Board of Selectmen by a vote of 4-1 (selectman Barbara Griffin voted against), the article is designed to revise upward, the income limits for elderly single and married homeowners, and to increase the allowable limits of the single or combined assets owned, excluding the primary residence.  The article will also increase the actual dollar exemptions granted to those who qualify by age groups 65-74, 75-79 and 80 or older.  Specific income, asset and exemption amounts will be published after all warrant articles are reviewed at the February 7th Deliberative Session.

This article is proposed by The Goffstown Committee for Elderly Tax Relief, a group of non-partisan community citizens.  The goal is to update this program so it can benefit elderly and disabled property owners who need assistance and who must qualify for the program via a fairly rigorous "means tested" process.  This includes age, marital status, income, home ownership, 3 years residency and disclosure of all assets.

We will publicize more details later when the Warrant Article is finalized.  In the interim, please feel free to continue to visit this website for more information regarding this Tax Relief program.  Here we will be continue to periodically post new articles, information articles and other helpful news so everyone can be informed on the The Committee is proposing.  We look forward to your support and welcome suggest and welcome suggestions, questions, comments, etc.

John Burpee
Goffstown Committee for Elderly Tax Relief
9 Matthew Circle
Goffstown, NH 03045
(603) 622-2675

 

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