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The Dispatch November 2nd, 2021

November 2nd, 2021  - The Dispatch

Veterans Day: Thursday November 11th, Town House will be closed in observance of the day.

Assessing:
Many taxpayers will be receiving letters alerting them to a change in their property’s assessed value. The value changes are the result of a statistical update, which was necessary to bring the Town’s assessed value into line with the current real estate market. As a result of the update, the total assessed value of the Town has increased by more than $165 million, which is significant. It is important to note that when a town’s total assessed value goes up, typically, the tax rate goes down.

Because of the sheer amount of information the State Department of Revenue Administration (or DRA) has to collect from towns and school districts state-wide to calculate tax rates, the DRA usually doesn’t hand down the rate for the year until November or December. In any given year, the tax rate you see on the spring bill is actually the previous year’s tax rate. We are still waiting to hear from the DRA what the 2021 tax rate will be, and that will be the rate for the fall tax billing.

Taxpayers will not be able to estimate their taxes until the new rate is known. We understand this can be frustrating, and that many people will have questions about the process – Information specific to the update can be found here; you can call 603 924-8000, ext 101; or feel free to email Assessing Clerk Ali Kreutz at akreutz@peterboroughnh.gov.

 Human Services: “Keep Peterborough Warm” is a town-administered program to benefit middle-income families who don’t qualify for State fuel assistance programs but still find it challenging to afford to heat their homes. The program is 100% funded by donations and charitable grants. Those who qualify may receive up to $1,000 in fuel assistance annually, and funds are sent directly to the fuel provider.  Applicants must meet the program’s household financial criteria and manage their own heating bills (which may disqualify some renters). Applications are available in the town offices or can be emailed upon request - call (603) 924-8000 ext. 101 for more information. If you would like to donate to Keep Peterborough Warm, kindly send a check to the Administration office made out to ‘Town of Peterborough’ with ‘KPW Donation’ in the memo line. 

Peterborough Tips & Tricks:

Winter Safety Tips: https://www.dhhs.nh.gov/esu/winter.htm New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services “Another New England winter is quickly approaching, and it is important to prepare for the possibility of severe weather, winter driving and potential power outages. In addition to emergency preparedness notifications, detailed information on winter storms can be found by monitoring local TV, radio, or NOAA weather radio. The following tips can help you get ready for winter storms.”

Pay attention to weather reports and warnings of severe weather.
Sign up for emergency alerts and download the NH Alerts app to receive public safety notices and severe weather warnings.
Complete a family emergency plan , and make sure all family members are familiar with it. Don’t forget about the needs of your pets.
Build or restock your emergency kit. Gather supplies in case you need to stay inside for a few days without power.
Have your chimney cleaned and inspected each year.
Make sure you have a cell phone with an emergency charging option in case of a power failure.
Learn the signs of and basic treatments for frostbite

At Home:
Be sure all cell phones are charged.
Make sure you have a working carbon monoxide detector.
Keep portable heat sources, such as space heaters, at least three feet away from curtains and drapes.
Keep fire extinguishers on hand, and make sure that everyone in your home knows how to use them.
Know how to shut off water valves in your home in case pipes freeze.
Know where the manual release lever of your electric garage opener is and how to use it in case you lose power.
Check on elderly or disabled neighbors.

Carbon Monoxide Safety:
Never use a generator, grill, camp stove or other gasoline, propane, natural gas or charcoal-burning devices inside a home, garage, basement, crawlspace, or any partially enclosed area.
Install carbon monoxide detectors in central locations on every level of your home and outside sleeping areas to provide early warning of accumulating carbon monoxide.

Outside:
Winterize your vehicle. Have a mechanic check your vehicle’s brakes, heater and defroster, tires, windshield wipers and all fluids to be sure everything is in good shape.
Have a separate emergency kit for your car. Be sure to include jumper cables, an ice scraper, shovel, extra blanket and sand.
Bring pets inside.
Avoid overexertion when shoveling snow. Use caution, take breaks, push the snow instead of lifting it when possible, and lift lighter loads.
If you must go outside, wear several layers of loose-fitting, lightweight, warm clothing rather than one layer of heavy clothing. The outer garments should be tightly woven and water repellent.
Wear mittens, which are warmer than gloves.
Wear a hat and cover your mouth with a scarf to reduce heat loss.
Only use portable generators away from your home and NEVER run a generator inside a home or garage or connect it to your home's electrical system. If you are considering purchasing a generator for your home, consult an electrician or engineer before purchasing and installing.

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