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Letter: Advantages of the Property Tax

To the Editor:

I’m so tired of the old argument that the property tax falls on those least able to pay. Bunk! New Hampshire has one of the lowest tax burdens of the 50 states. If you live in New Hampshire, whether you rent or own, you pay a “fair share” of the tax burden. If you rent, a portion of your rent goes to your landlord’s tax bill. If you are the sole tenant, most likely you pay the entire property tax bill, but you are still only paying the rental amount that you agreed to upon signing your rental agreement. If you can’t afford the rent, then find another place within your budget. If you own, you’ve chosen to purchase a property that, once again, you decided you could afford. These are choices that no one forces you to make. An income tax is not fair, as a recent Valley News editorial argued. It requires that some pay taxes to cover the cost of state services for those who don’t pay any taxes. The property tax is the fairest way for everyone to pay for the cost of running our state.

Rebecca Stewart

Enfield Center

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Friday, December 21, 2012

To the Editor: In a recent Forum letter, Rebecca Stewart claimed that the property tax was the fairest way to pay the cost of running the state. While New Hampshire does enjoy a low overall tax burden, nothing could be further from the truth. Our present system, which taxes people based primarily on the value of their property, actually discourages …