To the editor:

I am an older retired widow living in North Conway on a fixed income. My recent tax bill increased by $600 and the value jumped by approximately $68,000.

I live in a modest-sized townhouse in a small, private community (16 homeowners). We all pay an assessment to cover water, trash and grounds maintenance (including mowing, seasonal cleanup, plowing, sanding). The town services we receive are fire and police protection.

I have owned my home since 1987, and this is the most outrageous increase in tax assessments I have experienced and the reasoning for said increase is without merit. Changes to the thought process are long overdue. Because of the burden on homeowners to pay for government services , perhaps it is time to institute additional forms of taxation. All citizens should share the burden, not just the homeowner!

I love New Hampshire, and especially North Conway, but change is due so that we can maintain and grow our community. Live Free or Die, but a fair share of taxation is not unreasonable.

Claire James

North Conway

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