Financing New Hampshire’s Cities and Towns: A New Data Tool

The New Hampshire Center for Public Policy Studies has undertaken a project to document trends in appropriations and tax rates for each city and town across the state. The genesis of this work started with requests from town budget officials asking the following questions:

“What’s my town’s tax rate compared to others of similar size and shape?"
“What happens to the tax rate if our revenue and appropriations change?"
“How do our appropriations compare to other towns providing similar services?"

Charities and Property Taxes: A Dilemma For Local Officials

New Hampshire’s low crime rate, quality of life and favorable tax climate attracts hundreds of new residents to the state every year. As the population of our towns and cities grow the need for new schools, police and fire equipment, recreational activities and other municipal services presents funding challenges for elected and appointed officials tasked with setting priorities and allocating scarce financial resources in the community.

New Municipal Financial Data Tool Enables Historic Comparison

By Betsy McClain

Municipal managers and policy makers have labored over the gathering, analysis and presentation of local government financial data for as long as anyone can remember. Sound historic financial data is the underlying foundation of effective financial forecasting, decision-making and local policy development. Only with a comprehensive understanding of their past and current financial circumstances can municipalities formulate effective policies for navigating the choppy financial waters ahead.