LETTER TO THE EDITOR

March 9th, 2013

My letter on the Claremont Tax Cap is published in the New England Flame at  http://newenglandflame.com/claremont-new-hampshire-voters-have-choice-p1532-171.htm#.UTtvp1cYkZw

 

 

 

PODCAST 7 MILLION ENERGY BOND

March 8th, 2013

http://www.spreaker.com/page#!/user/ccltradio  Listen to my latest podcast at the link indicated about Claremonts 7 million bond and the similarity to Washington DC.

 

 

CLAREMONT TAX CAP VIDEO

February 25th, 2013

TO VIEW THE VIDEO PRESENTATION PRODUCED BY CCLT PRODUCTIONS AND AVAILABLE ON YOUTUBE.COM/CCLTTV1

Log onto http://youtu.be/jeUBvo5kdAo          CYNTHIA HOWARD CLAREMONT TAX CAP

CLAREMONT SCHOOL DISTRICT TAX CAP

February 25th, 2013

warrantarticle11taxcap2013TAXCAPFLYERIn 2011, the NH Legislature enacted NH RSA 32:5 which allows cities, towns, and school districts to adopt local tax caps; it was signed into law by former Gov. Lynch. You can read the entire statute at www.gencourt.state.nh.us/rsa/html/III/32/32-5-c.htm  In Claremont, seventy-six petitioners signed the special warrant article to place it on the March ballot.  We in Claremont now have the opportunity to vote on it as well.

Each year the Claremont school budget increases, and we are left with a choice between a main budget and a default budget which I call a choice between high or higher, and the default already includes an increase from the previous year resulting from contracts and requirements.  Seventy-five percent of the school budget is allocated for salaries and benefits, and those costs continue to increase each year because of local collective bargaining agreements.  The school board has the responsibility of negotiating with these groups, and yet, has failed to stop these increases.  All the while, Claremont has received a substantial amount of revenue from the state to offset costs.  Therefore, a tax cap is needed to control these costs which result in higher taxes.

The NH DRA lists the Claremont local education tax rate on its website at http://www.revenue.nh.gov, and you can access property tax rates at its site by clicking “property tax rates” within the menu on the right of the screen.  You will see the education tax (local and state) makeup approximately sixty percent of our property tax bill.  According to the NHDRA, since the last four years, the Claremont local education property tax rate has increased by approximately $3.00 per $1,000.  As a result, a Claremont homeowner has faced an increase of approximately $450.00 on his or her taxes.  In 2009, the local education tax rate was $13.22 per $1,000, and in 2012, it was $16.10 because the school budget has increased.  In 2009, the net budget was$26,240,065, and it increased in 2012 to $28,532,209.  These figures represent the net budget after pass throughs (less grants, adult ed., and food service).  These are the budget numbers that our tax rate is calculated on.  These budgets represent an increase of approximately $2.3 million dollars, and when you factor in this years proposed net budget of $29.3 million ($32.1 million with pass throughs) with a proposed tax rate of $16.38 per $1,000, it will be an increase of approximately $3 million dollars over a five year period!  This is why a tax cap is needed.

The tax cap will cap spending at this years level so thereby limiting our tax increase next year in the main budget.  This tax cap only caps appropriations not revenue or assessments.  It will not handicap the school district as there is an override if there is a loss of funding or an emergency.  By the same token, the school district can still cut the operating budget.  So, the tax cap will allow the voters more control in spending and greater transparency as we will know precisely where the increase will be.  Most of all, it will give us a choice to control the main budget.

Tax caps are currently in place in other cities and towns throughout NH (Franklin, Laconia, Derry, Manchester, Nashua, Dover, and Rochester); the Newfound school district recently adopted one as well.  These caps have been successful in controlling costs and spurring growth.  However, the Claremont tax cap will be somewhat different than the above towns as it will only cap appropriations on the school budget similar to Newfound.

If you are tired of these increases, year after year, then, it is up to each and everyone of you to go and support it on Tuesday, March 12.  VOTE YES ON WARRANT ARTICLE 11 YOUR SCHOOL DISTRICT TAX CAP.

Cynthia Howard, Petitioner

Founder of Claremont Citizens for Lower Taxes

Former School Board Member

 

GUNS ACROSS NH RALLY

January 21st, 2013

I had the opportunity to speak at the Guns Across NH Rally in Concord at the statehouse on Sat., Jan. 19, 2013 in support of our second amendment rights and preserving the freedom that we have as gun owners.  There were around thousand people in attendance at the rally.  You can view my speech at http://youtu.be/273ivJNVIYs

 

COMMENTARY

November 9th, 2012

Please see my comment on today’s Union Leader article, Will NH Republicans Learn Lessons from Tuesday? at http://www.unionleader.com/article/20121109/OPINION02/121109181/

I commented on the Tea Party’s influence on the election in the Sentinel and Enterprise blog at http://www.sentinelandenterprise.com/rss/ci_21975824?source=rss

 

 

 

ELECTION REFLECTIONS 2012

November 7th, 2012

This year’s election results were counter to what resulted in the 2010 republican tsunami.  Mainly, because the presidential race impacted state and local races.  These state and local candidates rode the coattails of the president’s victory as well as his tremendous financial resources from fundraising.  In addition, labor unions such as SEIU and pacs dumped a tremendous amount in the president’s re-election campaign coffers and other democratic races.  More money means more influence with media dollars and mass mailings.  This influence plays a pivotal role in influencing your vote.  And, when push comes to shove, these groups resort to exaggerations, false information, and scare tactics to the most vulnerable.  They will use any measure no matter how extreme to obtain votes.  If this had not been a presidential election year; I am sure that the results would have been much different.   For the most part, as goes the nation, so goes NH.

We must continue the fight onward in educating the people of the dire consequences of the spending, debt, regulations on our property and businesses, and infringement on our constitutional freedoms.  For our government bureaucracy has grown out of control, and we will continue to feel these effects in our daily lives.  For what has been shown throughout our history, government is the problem, and only the people create solutions.  Then, and only then, will the private sector flourish, and we will thrive as a strong nation again.

 

 

 

 

EAGLE TIMES FRONT PAGE

November 1st, 2012

MY HUSBAND IS PICTURED WITH OVIDE LAMONTAGE IN TODAY’S EAGLE TIMES (NOV. 1, 2012)

SEE THE FOLLOWING LINK TO THE PICTURE AT HTTP://WWW.EAGLETIMES.COM

 

ELECTION 2012 MY ENDORSEMENTS

November 1st, 2012

To view a sample ballot for CLAREMONT, visit http://sos.nh.gov/  Underneath the middle column “Elections, click on Sample Accuvote ballot, then at the next page click on each Claremont Ward pdf file.

I am supporting these candidates, and I hope that you do too.

GOVERNOR-OVIDE LAMONTAGNE, He believes in lower taxes and fiscal responsibility.  Being a former chairman of the NH State School Board, he knows how to tackle the education funding issues.  Also, he will work to attract more jobs to NH.  Most of all, he will uphold the NH and US Constitution.  Please visit his website at www.ovide2012.com

EXECUTIVE COUNCILOR-HOWARD WILSON, He believes first and foremost in the Constitution.  He will work with the governor on helping small business thrive and making the best fiscal decisions possible.  He believes strongly in our second amendment rights and will always fight for our freedom and liberty.  We need CHANGE in this office as the incumbent has been there many years.

STATE REPS.

DISTRICT 10-PAUL LACASSE, (At Large), He has consistently fought for lower taxes and accountability as both a city councilor and state representative.  He has a very good voting record always voting on behalf of the taxpayers and on the side of freedom.  Please check his voting record out yourself at http://www.nhliberty.org where he has received a B LIBERTY RATING.   You can also view his voting record on individual bills at www.gencourt.state.nh.us

DISTRICT 5-GERALD DONATELLI, (Ward 3), He believes in lower taxes and accountability as well as being a strong constitutionalist.  He believes that most of our problems can be solved with a common sense approach.  Please check out his platform at http://www.nhptv.org/nhvotes/.  Click on the EVOTER GUIDE, then click the right side arrow in the blue voter box, then click on candidates, and look under D for Donatelli.  He will be a breath of fresh air at the statehouse as the current incumbent has an F LIBERTY RATING.  We definitely need CHANGE.

DISTRICT 3-STEVE PICANO, (Ward 1), He believes in lower taxes as well as more manufacturing jobs.  He has served on the Claremont Development Authority.  He has previously run for the office of State Rep. in Claremont.

BALLOT QUESTIONS PLEASE VOTE YES ON ALL THREE

QUESTION #1-PROHIBITING AN INCOME TAX-YES

QUESTION #2-AMENDING NH CONST., PART 2 ARTICLE 73-A, To Allow the legislature rulemaking authority for the court system-YES

QUESTION #3-CONVENING A CONSTITUTIONAL CONVENTION-PER NH CONST., PART 2, ARTICLE 100-YES

VOTE TUES., NOV. 6 FOR FREEDOM, LIBERTY, AND PROSPERITY.  THESE CANDIDATES WILL.

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THE TEA PARTY’S MISSION

October 28th, 2012

Please read my comments on the tea party at http://www.facebook.com/cindycool09#!/groups/claremontcitizensforlowertaxes/  This was a commentary on a recent freedomworks article which can be viewed at http://www.freedomworks.org/blog/stephenkruiser/the-ongoing-tea-party-is-dead-dream-of-the-msm/