Welcome to In the Know Hampton! This site is provided so that the voter in Hampton NH can understand the Warrant Articles that will be up for vote on March 13th. We provide the text of the Warrant, a brief explanatory statement, what we have been able to learn about what people are saying for and against, and how it will impact your taxes.
Here is a pdf with all the Warrant Articles and what they mean. The last page is a checklist that will allow you to keep track of your voting choices.
Tuesday, March 13th is voting day! Click here to see a sample ballot.
If you will not be able to come to vote in person, you can apply for an Absentee Ballot here.
A note about “money Articles”: The average property in Hampton is valued at $408,000 for 2018, including homes on the waterfront. The average non-waterfront property is valued at $381,000. In the “Fiscal Impact” section of each discussion on this site, In The Know Hampton has calculated the tax effect of each of the money articles at the higher amount ($408,000). Additionally, we are using 52 week calculations for multi-year Articles, even if the dollar amount does not fall completely into 2018. A good example are the Collective Bargaining Agreements (Articles 10, 11 and 12) where the impact in 2018 is for 39 weeks only (because the Town Employees are on contracts that begin on April 1) but to be clear about the full-year impact we calculated it based on 52 weeks.
Here’s how to find out what the cost will be for your property, for any of the Articles:
1) Divide the Tax Assessor’s Valuation of your home by 1,000. (Example: for the average assessment of $408,000, the number to use would be 408.) Use your latest tax bill, or go to
http://gis.vgsi.com/hamptonnh/Search.aspx and enter your street address to get your valuation.
2) Multiply the result in #1 by the cost per thousand dollar valuation provided for each article to get your cost.
A reference point from 2017: If all Articles had passed last year, the tax impact would have been $343.00 for the average-value home. Once the votes were in, the tax impact of the articles that did pass was $225.00 (about two-thirds). In 2018 the 52-week tax impact if all Articles passed would be $340.00. There is no way to predict the success rate of this year’s Warrant Articles. The statistic is provided as a reference only.