2020 PROPERTY TAX RATE SET FOR THE TOWN OF BOW
The New Hampshire Department of Revenue Administration has set the Town of Bow’s 2020 property tax rate at $25.58 per thousand dollars of valuation.
The new rate represents a 2.4 % decrease from the 2019 tax rate of $26.21.
The 2020 rate breaks down as follows:
Municipal – $7.11
School District – $14.04
Merrimack County – $2.54
State Education – $1.89
Because taxpayers paid $14,000 to have MRI study our police department, many have asked for access to the complaint signed by 10 of the 11 officers.
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“I think people of Bow were ready for a change, but we appreciate everything Harry has done for the town in the past,” said Bruce Marshall who defeated Harry Judd on March 10, 2020 by a vote of 845-563.
Marshall said: “I think, based on comments I heard all day, the issue was that for the past 18-20 years, because we knew the power plant was going to be slowly faded out, we’ve been promised to make it possible for that commercial land along Route 3A to be developed,” he said.
“What I heard most was, they wanted to see promises about making up for the lost tax revenue from the power plant picked up through other development and they hadn’t seen that happen.”
by Chuck Douglas
Longtime selectman Harry Judd has decided to keep on running for selectman again after 18 years in office. It is time for a change. Americans overwhelmingly support term limits for elected officials for a good reason – no one should hold power for too long in a democracy. Bow voters have a great choice with candidate Bruce Marshall who is a lawyer and a licensed Professional Engineer.
Harry Judd was fond of saying that as a selectman the town got a free lawyer. Bruce Marshall will bring that same training to the table, but we will also get a “free” civil engineer when we need him most. For decades Bow and Concord have tussled over water for Bow Junction but the times they are a changing.
In fact, on March 24 the Selectmen have scheduled a public meeting to review a feasibility study and time-line for work proposed by the NH Department of Environmental Services (DES) at Bow Junction. What better time to have a lawyer and civil engineer at the table who for years handled environmental issues for the NH Department of Transportation working with DES. It has been told to me by many Concord officials that in years past the water issue went nowhere with the city because Harry’s arrogant and condescending attitude alienated city leaders from working with Bow. His my way or the highway approach was on full display recently at a Selectmen’s meeting when a fellow member disagreed with him Harry got up and stormed out of the meeting but not before telling the man to “go ___ himself.”
For years Harry controlled the power plant tax litigation and kept paying utility expert Skip Sansoucy huge sums of money when he lacked credibility with the trial judge hearing our case. To refresh your memory on Harry Judd’s involvement with Public Service Company go to www.thebowtimes.com and key up the April 2018 front page article “Harry Judd and PSNH… What is the Connection?” 18 years of service is appreciated but it is time for the voters to choose a person better suited for the multi-million dollar water project that may well be a milestone for Concord and Bow’s relationship.
I sincerely urge you to elect Bruce Marshall on Tuesday March 10 and change it up for the new challenges ahead for Bow.
A Civil Engineer with a law degree is running against Harry Judd for a three year term on the Board of Selectmen. Marshall is 56 years old and lives on Sharon Drive with his wife Debra. Bruce Marshall administered the construction of millions of dollars worth of New Hampshire road and bridge construction while employed with the New Hampshire Department of Transportation from 1987 to 1999 as a Contract Administrator. He also has hands-on experience in the construction industry with everything from surveying and layout to heavy equipment operation as a licensed Professional Civil Engineer. For more than four years, Attorney Marshall was an Assistant Attorney General for the State of New Hampshire.
Attorney Marshall was counsel to the New Hampshire Department of Transportation for everything from employment matters to contract drafting and construction litigation. Attorney Marshall also handled numerous environmental issues for the NHDOT, often in cooperation with the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services. For the last fourteen years, Attorney Marshall has developed a construction law practice, representing dozens of contractors in New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Maine and Vermont. Attorney Marshall’s practical knowledge of the industry allows him to communicate with clients as one contractor to another or one engineer to another, thus reducing overall litigation costs. He also represents engineering firms as well as developers and owners.
Attorney Marshall’s construction law experience includes everything from obtaining development approvals to drafting of contracts, overseeing the work, addressing construction issues as they arise, payment issues, binding, and related litigation.
Harry Judd, also an attorney, has been on the Board of Selectmen since 2002.