Winter Regulations are in effect

Please note that the Town of Bartlett parking ban is in effect that prohibits parking in any town road or right-of-way.  This ban is on 24 hours a day seven days a week between Nov. 1 and May 1.  Violators will be ticketed and possibly towed at the owners expense.  We appreciate your cooperation in this matter so that we can keep our roads clear during the winter.

Also please remember that you are NOT allowed to plow into or across a town road.  This causes ridges and ruts in the roads and is potentially dangerous to our plow drivers.  Snow plowing must be accomplished on your own property.  If you should accidently deposit snow in the town road, please clean it up as much as possible.

Assessment Update – 2017 Tax Bills

2017 ASSESSMENT UPDATE INFORMATION

Tax bills were sent out November 29, 2017. If you have not received your tax bill yet, please allow a few days for it to arrive before calling the Tax Collector’s Office for a duplicate. Payment can be made online as indicated on your tax bill by going to bartlett.nhtaxkiosk.com, in person at the Town Hall or by mail. Please check our website for office hours. If you have any questions, please note:

If it is about the AMOUNT OF THE TAXES OR COPY OF BILL = TAX COLLECTOR

If it is about the ASSESSMENT OR ABATEMENT INFO = SELECTMEN’S OFFICE

This year the town underwent an Assessment Update as required every 5 years by the NH Dept. of Revenue Administration. The last complete revaluation was in 2011 and your assessed value has not changed since then until now (unless you had construction or changes to your property). The real estate market has changed a lot during this time period which is reflected in the new values.

There is a listing on our website www.townofbartlettnh.org of all the new values in Owner, Street or Parcel order. Go to the “Town Offices” tab at the top of the homepage, click on “Selectmen’s Office” and you will see it on the page along with a Manual that explains how the values were determined.

When reviewing your assessment, please remember that although it is broken down into land and buildings (in most cases), it is the total value that you must consider whether it represents fair market value. For example, we could have the land at $1,000 and the house at $199,000 for a total value of $200,000. As long as the total value of $200,000 fairly represents market value, it makes no difference how it is broken down. The amount of increase or decrease over last year also does not make any difference, but whether the current total assessed value represents what you could get for your property if it were for sale today.

If you feel that your value is not correct, you may file for an abatement prior to March 1, 2018. Please note, you are responsible for documenting your position as to why you feel your assessment is not correct. Simply stating it is too high or the acreage is wrong without providing adequate documentation will result in a denial. The burden of proof is on the property owner and filing an abatement does NOT stay the collection of the taxes. Abatement forms are available on our website, at the Town Hall, or by sending a self-addressed STAMPED #10 envelope to our office.

If you are inquiring about a Veterans Credit or Elderly Exemption, please note that your Bartlett property must be your primary domicile. The Elderly Exemption is also based on assets and income, not simply because you are a certain age.

Finally, please be courteous to our staff when contacting our office. We prefer that if you have concerns, that you put your inquiry in writing either by mail or email at selectmen@townofbartlettnh.org so that when the Board of Selectmen review them, we hear it directly from you.

Flooding Update 11/20/2017

The Selectmen have met with the Governor, FEMA and NH Homeland Security to review the flood damage and submitted our estimated cost of damage.

Damage was done to the berms on the Saco River in Bartlett Village and the Rocky Branch River in Glen. Damage was also done outside of the berm areas in both locations.

We have had an on site visit to the berm upstream of the Saco River Bridge on River Street from the Flood Hazards Program Administrator from the NH Dept. of Environmental Services and have received an initial report from him

We have reached out to the NH Homeland Security office seeking advice on how we and they are planning to proceed on the affected river areas and are awaiting their response.

At this time we are awaiting word on whether the recent event will receive a disaster recognition allowing us to become eligible for federal funding. We are hopeful to receive funding to not only repair our roads, bridges and river berms but also expand the work in the rivers to provide more protection for future events.

The Selectmen would like to thank all of those involved in the immediate event and its cleanup. Town of Bartlett Road Agent Travis Chick and his crew, State of NH road crews, Bartlett Fire Chief Pat Roberts and Department Members, Emergency Management Director Bob King, Bartlett Jackson Ambulance crew, NH Electric Co-op crews, Bartlett Police Department, The Red Cross, The Governor and his emergency management team, FEMA and anyone else who has helped in this effort.