For thirty years I have lived in one of the most corrupt towns in the state, Deering. There is nothing here to speak of but it has, like most towns, a small, dedicated clique of oddballs who insist on running it. I have to thank them for teaching me all about NH political activism. I owe everything I know about crooks and town government to them.
Deering used to be run by an odd mix of sometimes self-ordained, other times phony ministers, along with public employees, and the usual busybodies etc. Currently, Deering it is going through its leftwing flatlander selectman stage which has taken the yearly TOWN budget from $700,000.00 where I left it when I was last a selectman in 1999 to $1.7 million now. With just about nothing to show for it.
Time has in the last twenty years I have been involved with politics here brought me many different boards of selectmen. One of those boards was arrested, along with the little road agent, because of some public document tampering involved with the bid rigging that came to light after a successful Right to Know suit I brought against them.
We are now on the third law firm I know of, Mitchell and Bates, out of Laconia. I wish them luck.
Yesterday they sent me a Motion to Dismiss my request for an appeal of a denial of property taxes I handed the administrative assistant between 3:00 and 4:00 pm on March 1, 2007 - the deadline to file with the town.
I am appealing an $80,000.00 “view” assessment they levied against my 10 foot by 20 foot sheep shed. We already have a $90,000.00 “view” assessment on the house.
In the Motion to Dismiss the Town of Deering states that I filed my appeal with them on March 2, 2007 NOT March 1, 2007. They claim, and the administrative assistant has signed, a statement attesting to the fact that I handed her the abatement appeal on March 2, 2007—a day late.
Here is the part that is soooo Deering.
The Town Hall is closed on Fridays - has been for years. Check the Deering web site.
March 2, 2007 was a Friday.
I gave the abatement request to the Deering Administrative Assistant on Thursday on my way to the CNHT Radio Program in Amherst. I did not go to the Town Hall on a Friday. It is closed.
This is New Hampshire and I am under no illusions about my soon to be filed Objection To the Motion to Dismiss. I could very easily lose this case.
But then that is what the other board, the one that was arrested, thought about my Right to Know case in 1991.