Ed Naile, CNHT

Hear Ed Naile every Wednesday morning on WLMW 90.7 FM on the Girard at Large radio show or listen to the archives at Voter Fraud Radio
Sunday
Jun222008

Where's Jerry When You Need'm

One of New Hampshire’s most incompetent selectmen, Jerry Needham of Windsor, has left the building.

By building I mean the 40’ x40’ Windsor Town Hall where even the Boston Globe reporter who did a front page news story back on March 28 of this year had to stand because there was not room enough for citizens to sit down at a selectmen’s meeting.

Funny the small town hall doesn’t have room for townspeople to watch the selectmen in action – they don’t keep any records of what they do or who pays taxes. That should free up enough room for at least two folding chairs.

News flash to Jerry: You will not be missed.

Here is why: That bantam weight rooster lawyer Needham hired from the Hatfield firm has been running the town since the taxpayers group beat him and you in Superior Court under The Right to Know Law.

So now its time to fill the empty selectman’s seat from among the short list of citizens the remaining Windsor Selectmen trust to keep up their agenda of municipal nincompoopery.

Send in the clowns.

Tuesday
Jun172008

Heads Up Selectmen

Eugen Reed, CNHT Director, drops this bit of good news on taxpayers!

NH Board of Tax and Land Appeals Makes Unprecedented Decision

   Many Selectmen refuse to take an active role in determining the merits of a taxpayer’s abatement application. Some rely exclusively upon the “recommendations” of contract assessors. Many municipalities are short on information as to how property values are determined. The NH Assessing Standards Board has failed to provide standards or even guidelines for the Officials /Assessors to follow. A result of these state and municipal government actions and inactions is that taxpayers select one of next avenues for answers and judgment to their perception of being unfairly taxed. The Board of Tax and Land Appeals (BTLA) (http://www.nh.gov/btla/) is the path most property taxpayers take for appeal of property taxes once municipal officials deny an abatement request. (Superior Court is the other path.)

In the past few years, more and more frustrated taxpayers have elected to pay the filing fee and have the BTLA give them a fair hearing on the merits of their cases. The effect of numerous taxpayers from all over the state filing with the BTLA has caused hearing delays of up to 2 years for the Board. This case “backlog” has caused the BTLA concern as to the ability for them to dispense timely justice for the taxpayer.

Mr. Paul Franklin, Chairman of the Board of Tax and Appeals recently appeared before the Assessing Standards Board (ASB) to apprise the members on how the caseload is being managed to reduce the delay for the public. The Chairman stressed that cases should be heard in a timely manner.

According to Chairman Franklin, there has been an increase in caseload over the last few years, and starting with the 2005 tax year case numbers are close to 1000. Previously property tax appeals were in the 400 to 600 range and the BTLA was able to arrange to hear cases within a one year time frame. As case numbers increased the BTLA started to review their procedures to try and reduce the amount of wait time for taxpayers. Assessing is a local issue and is best resolved locally versus a hearing, as the local officials should be the most knowledgeable about local properties. Therefore, the BTLA made a decision to order the taxpayer and municipality to meet on pending cases before a case will be scheduled before the BTLA. The parties must submit a Report of Settlement Meeting and Order to document the actual meeting and indicate if a resolution (or partial resolution) has been reached.

The unprecedented BTLA action of issuing an “ORDER” to both the municipality and the taxpayer to meet and try to settle pending cases was a bold step by the BTLA.

This action should be a message to municipalities municipalities:

1. That historically don’t weigh the merits of a taxpayers’ property tax complaints.

2. Municipalities which plan on only a small percentage of those that file for abatements locally to pursuer the next step of appeal.

3. Municipalities that refuse to even meet with taxpayers to discuss their request.

4. Municipal Officials/Selectmen who don’t have time or desire understand the basics of property assessing and decide to let the BTLA sort it out.

The initial responsibility for fair and equitable assessing rests with local Officials, not “the State” and not the BTLA. The growth of caseload and the resulting “ORDERS” back to the Cities and Towns is recognition of assessing administration failures at the local level.

Eugene T. Reed

Public Member – Assessing Standards Board

Saturday
Jun142008

A Sing Along

They Do Bond Bond
(Spector/Grennwich/Barry/Naile)
There was a special session and they locked them in
They do bond bond bond, they do bond bond
The red ink’s a come'n and now we have to spin
They do bond bond bond, they do bond bond
Yeah, his name is Lynch, oh, he’s in a pinch
And he’s shopping for a loan, they do bond bond bond, they do bond bond

We’re pay’n off the school bonds with the MasterCard
They do bond bond bond, they do bond bond
Craig Benson’s on vacation and he’s laugh’n pretty hard
They do bond bond bond, they do bond bond
Yeah, $200 mill, wow, that’s quite a pill
Sooner or later the bills are coming due, they do bond bond bond, they do bond bond

The Democrats are acting just like they always do
They do bond bond bond, they do bond bond
They’re stomping through the pasture and they stepped in all the poo
They do bond bond, they do bond bond
Yeah, they tax and spend, yeah, to the bitter end
And until they can dock your pay, they do bond bond bond, they do bond bond

They do bond bond bond, they do bond bond
They do bond bond bond, they do bond bond
They do bond bond bond, they do bond bond

Friday
Jun132008

Now Give These Guys Their Court Costs!!!

Persistence pays off.

Municipal activism heroes Doug Lambert and Tom Tardiff won a State Supreme Court case regarding the secret appointment of the new Belknap County Sheriff, Craig Wiggin.

The Belknap County Convention – that would be the State Representatives who live in that county, chose the easy route to fill an empty county sheriff seat – by secret vote. That was held as legal by Superior Court Judge Mohl but reversed with the following Supreme Court Order.

It is short and readable:

DUGGAN, J. In these consolidated appeals, the petitioners, Douglas Lambert and Thomas A. Tardif, challenge: (1) the failure of the Trial Court (Mohl, J.) to invalidate the appointment of Craig Wiggin to the office of Belknap County sheriff by respondent Belknap County Convention (Convention); and (2) the trial court’s denial of their request for documents from respondents Stephen H. Nedeau, the Convention’s chairperson, and Angela A. Bell, the Convention’s record keeper. See RSA ch. 91-A (2001 & Supp. 2007). We hold that the appointment of Wiggin must be invalidated because the Convention was required to fill the vacancy in public session rather than by secret ballot. See RSA 91-A:2, II, :8, II (Supp. 2007). We further hold that the petitioners must be afforded access to the documents relating to the candidates’ applications for the vacancy, see RSA 91-A:4, I (Supp. 2007), but remand for consideration of whether certain personal information that may be in those documents requires redaction. Accordingly, we reverse and remand.

This is the best part:

"The purpose of the Right-to-Know Law is to ensure both the greatest possible public access to the actions, discussions and records of all public bodies, and their accountability to the people." Id. (quotation omitted). The law "helps further our state constitutional requirement that the public’s right of access to governmental proceedings and records shall not be unreasonably restricted." Id. (quotation omitted); see also N.H. CONST. pt. I, art. 8.

Although the statute does not provide for unrestricted access to public records and proceedings, to best effectuate the statutory and constitutional objective of facilitating access to all public documents and proceedings, we resolve questions regarding the Right-to-Know Law with a view to providing the utmost information. Id.; Herron v. Northwood, 111 N.H. 324, 326 (1971).

Thus, we construe provisions favoring disclosure broadly, while construing exemptions narrowly.

Nice work Doug and Tom!!!

Now maybe the Supremes will stick with this language when we reverse what mischief the Right to Know Commission has done to the Right to Know Law under the guise of “updating” it.

Wednesday
Jun112008

Back From Utah

I’m back from Hilo, Utah and the Stihl Timbersports qualifier held between 32 of the best ax men and sawyers in the world – at least the best we could identify from the applicants and their documented past performances in other competitions world wide.

The Stihl Timbersports competition pits highly skilled athletes against each other in what could be argued is the heavyweight class of skills loggers and woodsmen have used for centuries to harvest timber all over the world.

My humble job at Timbersports is as the “trim guy” who handles the only chain saw cutting not involved in competition. After each heat someone has to straighten the end of each piece of competition wood to as close to perfect as possible so the judge can add a fresh chalk line. If I do not do this correctly I receive laser beam stares from people who often weigh in at 250lbs and above and who are more often than not, 6’ 4” or so. I also cut the spring board poles for the metal “swing dogs” that hold the competition wood 9’ off the ground.

Once in a while I help run the Stihl 660 Pro saws through the test wood brought on site to match the four saws we use in competition. Several cuts are made and timed for each saw after they leave the factory dynamometer in Virginia Beach. In this event we were 5,500 feet above sea level. The carburetors had to be adjusted by Stihl field techs on site. This went well in Utah thanks to the Stihl techs.

Some long time Timbersports competitors have retired recently and American ranks are suddenly thin, as the April 28 Colbert Report spoof of Timbersports brought to light. The “down under crowd” is dominating the competition because they have so many good choppers who are serious about training for some races they do not have in Australia and New Zealand such as the “hot saw” event, which is basically a motorcycle engine made into a chain saw.

For the first time, Timbersports was streamed live on the net as we taped it for later use on ESPN.

Next, I am off to Columbus, Georgia for the finals. I hope the fans in Georgia are as enthusiastic as the Utah crowd was. What they lacked in size they made up for in volume when it came to cheering-on competitors.

You can catch some highlights on, http://sports.espn.go.com/outdoors/timbersports/index

Just click on photos.