Why are more communities taking advantage of the 1997 New Hampshire law that gives them the authority to charge an additional vehicle registration fee to pay for transportation projects?
Because they know that having transportation options will help them achieve their long term goals of a healthier community that is economically vibrant.
These communities know that making their downtowns more livable and walkable has been shown to increase retail sales, increase commercial and residential property values, and help their citizens avoid metabolic diseases such as diabetes by making it safe and inviting to walk or bike on their shorter trips.
They also know that this local registration fee is one of the few ways to pay for the infrastructure changes that will bring these benefits. RSA 261:153, VI gives communities the authority to levy the optional fee, and states that the funds raised must be used on transportation improvements. Communities decide at the local level whether to charge the fee, how much to charge, and how to invest it in projects that will make theirs a better place to live, work, and play.
Some communities are already using these locally-controlled funds to pay for road and bridge improvements, including sidewalks and bike lanes. Others use it to support local bus service. All consider it a vital source of revenue in their always stretched budgets.
The current law caps this locally-controlled fee at $5. A bipartisan bill (HB 121) has been introduced to change the cap to $10. This is not a tax or a tax increase. It is enabling legislation that lets communities decide if they want to invest more of their own money in transportation improvements.
The Municipal and County Government Committee will hear this bill on
Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2017
Legislative Office Building
You are welcome to attend the hearing. You can also sign a sheet saying you support the bill, or you can even make a statement to the committee.
If you can’t make it to the hearing, you can give your state rep a call. They say as few as three phone calls can be decisive. Emails are much less effective, but better than nothing.
If you or someone you know lives in one of the towns below, your phone call can help get this bill through committee next Tuesday. If you want your community to have a way to invest in a better future, now’s your chance.
NH House Municipal and County Government Committee:
|Alton||Peter Varney||(603) 765-6380|
|Atkinson||Debra DeSimone||(603) 362-4314|
|Atkinson||William Friel||(617) 960-7445|
|Canaan||Timothy Josephson||(603) 523-2023|
|Chatham||Frank McCarthy||(603) 356-9160|
|Claremont Ward 1||Francis Gauthier||(603) 543-7382|
|Conway||Frank McCarthy||(603) 356-9160|
|Derry||Richard Tripp||(603) 434-4674|
|Dorchester||Timothy Josephson||(603) 523-2023|
|Dover, Ward 5||Susan Treleaven||(603) 749-2347|
|Dover, Ward 6||Susan Treleaven||(603) 749-2347|
|Dublin||Frank Sterling, Vice Chair||(603) 532-8284|
|Eaton||Frank McCarthy||(603) 356-9160|
|Exeter||Julie Gilman||(603) 580-1393|
|Fitzwilliam||Frank Sterling, Vice Chair||(603) 532-8284|
|Gilmanton||Peter Varney||(603) 765-6380|
|Hale's Location||Frank McCarthy||(603) 356-9160|
|Hampton Falls||Francis Chase||(603) 944-0830|
|Harrisville||Frank Sterling, Vice Chair||(603) 532-8284|
|Hebron||Steven Rand||(603) 236-6587|
|Holderness||Steven Rand||(603) 236-6587|
|Hollis||James Belanger, Chair||(603) 465-2301|
|Jaffrey||Frank Sterling, Vice Chair||(603) 532-8284|
|Keene Ward 3||David Meader||(603) 357-1340|
|Keene, Ward 2||John Bordenet, Clerk||(603) 352-0680|
|Manchester Ward 10||Jane Beaulieu||(603) 626-1260|
|Manchester Ward 11||Jane Beaulieu||(603) 626-1260|
|Manchester Ward 12||Jane Beaulieu||(603) 626-1260|
|Marlborough||Bruce Tatro||(603) 352-3904|
|Northwood||Brian Stone||(603) 724-2291|
|Plaistow||Debra DeSimone||(603) 362-4314|
|Plaistow||William Friel||(617) 960-7445|
|Plymouth||Steven Rand||(603) 236-6587|
|Raymond||Carolyn Matthews||(603) 244-2027|
|Richmond||Bruce Tatro||(603) 352-3904|
|Rindge||Frank Sterling, Vice Chair||(603) 532-8284|
|Roxbury||Frank Sterling, Vice Chair||(603) 532-8284|
|Seabrook||Francis Chase||(603) 944-0830|
|Somersworth, Ward 2||Susan Treleaven||(603) 749-2347|
|Swanzey||Bruce Tatro||(603) 352-3904|
|Troy||Bruce Tatro||(603) 352-3904|
|Warner||Clyde Carson||(603) 456-2562|
|Webster||Clyde Carson||(603) 456-2562|
|Wentworth||Timothy Josephson||(603) 523-2023|
|Winchester||Bruce Tatro||(603) 352-3904|