Hanover, Newport, Keene most recent votes for Fair Tax Resolution
CONCORD, June 3, 2008 - Voters in Hanover and Newport were the latest NH towns this spring to approve the Fair Tax Resolution at their town meetings, bringing the total number of communities that have passed the Resolution since last spring to 72, the Granite State Fair Tax Coalition announced today.
The Fair Tax Resolution urges state lawmakers to ditch election-year rhetoric such as "the Pledge" and instead, look for alternative sources of revenue that will lower property taxes. State and local property taxes currently comprise 60% of the state's revenue.
The Keene City Council also adopted the Fair Tax Resolution this spring, joining the city of Somersworth in calling upon state lawmakers to consider solutions rather than slogans.
More than 100 towns - nearly half of all towns in the state - have so far debated the Fair Tax Resolution, exceeding initial goals set forth by the Granite State Fair Tax Coalition.
"We believed this Resolution would resonate with voters from all corners of the political spectrum, and the response has been convincing," said the Reverend William Exner, president of the Granite State Fair Tax Coalition. "This vote is the clearest 'poll result' we are ever going to see on the question of whether people want a fundamental change to the tax system in New Hampshire," he said.
A list of towns voting on the Fair Tax Resolution is available at the Granite State Fair Tax Coalition's website at www.nhfairtax.org.
THE FAIR TAX RESOLUTION READS: Resolved: We the citizens of this town believe in a New Hampshire that is just and fair. The property tax has become unjust and unfair. State leaders who take a pledge for no new taxes perpetuate higher and higher property taxes. We call on our State Representatives, our State Senator and our Governor to reject the "Pledge," have an open discussion covering all options, and adopt a revenue system that lowers property taxes.
Launched in December 2006, the Coalition is a nonpartisan, nonprofit educational organization comprised of partners that include the League of Women Voters NH, the NH Council of Churches, and other organizations and individuals working to educate NH residents on the causes and effects of rising property taxes. More information about the Granite State Fair Tax Coalition -- including a 25-minute video on the history of tax fairness in New Hampshire - can be found at the Coalition's website, www.nhfairtax.org.