Written by Barbara Tetreault
MILAN – Property owners will see a $1.34 increase in Milan's 2014 property tax rate.
Milan Selectman Richard Lamontagne said the N.H. Department of Revenue Administration has set Milan's tax rate at $22.12 per thousand dollars of assessed valuation. Lamontagne said the town was able to keep the municipal portion of the tax rate basically level but the state and local portions increased.
The municipal tax is $2.76, a two cent decrease from 2013. The local school tax went up $1.17, from $11.21 to $12.38. The state education tax went up 23 cents, from $2.21 to $2.51. The county tax went down four cents, from $4.51 to $4.47.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 29 October 2014 22:29
Written by Barbara Tetreault
BERLIN – Mike Cryans campaigned in Berlin recently as he makes a second attempt to win the District 1 Executive Council seat formerly held by his friend, Ray Burton.
Cryans ran for the position in the March special election and lost in a close race to Republican Joseph Kenney. The two are now in a rematch for the position.
If elected, Cryans said he would attempt to imitate the constituent service provided to the district by Burton. He said he would be more visible and would travel throughout the district more than he feels Kenney does.
"My approach would be different then his," he said.
With 109 towns and four cities, the district is the largest of the five executive council districts. Cryans said he would work to connect the district with Concord and continue Burton's tradition of bringing state department heads on tours of the region. He said it is important that state officials get a first hand look at issues in the North Country.
"The further away you get, the more forgotten you feel," he noted.
Cryans said he has proven his ability to represent the district during the campaign. In two months, he said he has put 8,000 miles on his car.
While he now lives in Hanover, Cryans points out that he grew up in Littleton and lived in the Littleton-Bethlehem area for 32 years. He said that gives him an understanding of the North Country.
"The northern part of the state is a lot different from other parts of the state," he notes.
Like Burton with whom he served on the Grafton County Commission for 16 years, Cryans said he views himself as a problem solver.
"I like to get things done," he said.
A dedicated runner who gets up early every morning to run 10 miles, Cryans said he set a goal of running a road race in all of the seven counties represented in District 1. He said he has met that goal.
On what was a typical campaign day, Cryans had awoken shortly before 4 a.m. to run. His schedule for the day includes stops in Twin Mt. Whitefield, Groveton, Stark, and Berlin. Members of the Teamsters Union, working at the state prison, joined him in Berlin.
Now retired, Cryans taught in the Littleton School system for five years before switching careers and going into banking. He worked his way up to senior vice president at Dartmouth Bank. In 2003, he became executive director of Headrest, a small substance abuse residential treatment facility in Lebanon.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 29 October 2014 22:26
BERLIN – Guardian Angel Credit Union's board of directors have endorsed a merger with Service Credit Union of Portsmouth.
The N.H. Banking Department has to approve Service Credit Union's request to serve Coos County – currently its field of membership includes anyone who lives or works in any of the state's other nine counties. Guardian Angel Credit Union membership will also have to formally vote to approve the merger. Members were notified this week by letter of the proposed merger.
"Guardian Angel Credit Union is looking forward to the upcoming vote so we can begin to move forward in joining Service Credit Union," said President and CEO Gerald Dumoulin. "After much thought and due diligence, our board fully supports the merger proposal and we also urge our members to vote yes and to continue the process."
Founded in 1929, Guardian Angel Credit Union was started by parishioners of Guardian Angel Church in Berlin and was known as La Caisse Populaire L'Ange Gardien. Its purpose was to meet the financial needs and aspirations of the church's congregation. Since first opening its doors more than 80 years ago, Guardian Angel's field of membership has expanded to include anyone who lives of works in New Hampshire within a 50-mile radius of Berlin. The credit union has branches in Berlin and Lancaster.
With the increased competition and economic pressures of the past few years, Guardian Angel Credit Union said it has found it increasingly difficult to continue growing and providing all the products its members need. In a release issued Tuesday, the credit union said the merger will guarantee its members will continue to be served in the manner in which they are accustomed. The offices in Berlin and Lancaster are guaranteed to remain open and current employees will remain and continue to serve members. Both the board and employees support the merger.
Like Guardian Angel Credit Union, Service Credit Union enjoys a rich history of serving members in local communities where they live and work. Service Credit Union opened in 1957 to provide affordable credit to military families at Pease Air Force base and has expanded to serve all the state but Coos County.
"Service Credit Union is extremely pleased that the Guardian Angel Credit Union board of directors has overwhelmingly endorsed the merger into Service Credit Union. We look forward to the membership vote, and look forward to serving Coos County with the same friendly and exceptional member service that they have been accustomed to," said Service Credit Union President and CEO Gordon Simmons.
Service Credit Union is a full service financial institution with more than 192,000 members, offering a wide range of financial products to its members. It has 46 branches including two staffed 24/7 contact centers, and full Internet banking services. The credit union serves all of New Hampshire except Coos County, four towns on Cape Cod, and all branches of the U.S. military, and Department of Defense employees and their families. It has over $2.4 billion in assets, 29 branches in New Hampshire, one branch in Massachusetts, 15 branches on U.S. military bases in Germany, and a virtual branch.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 29 October 2014 22:23
Written by Barbara Tetreault
Hassan BERLIN – Making a pitch for a second term before a gathering of supporters Monday night, Gov. Maggie Hassan said voters have a clear choice.
She said they can vote to continue to build on the advances of the last two years with expanded opportunities for businesses, support for education, children and families, and a bipartisan budget. She said the state has the lowest unemployment rate since 2008.
In contrast, Hassan charged her Republican opponent Walt Havenstein would go back to the partisan days of House Speaker Bill O'Brien with cuts to education and elimination of the state's minimum wage. She said Havenstein wants to give tax breaks to large corporations.
"That's his plan – to blow a big hole in our budget," she said. "The choice is really a stark one," she said.
Hassan said under her leadership the state has doubled the research and development tax credit and lowered tuition at the state's community colleges. As a result of the Medicaid expansion, she said 15,000 residents now have health coverage.
Hassan said she recognizes there is still work to do and the North Country is still struggling. One of her goals, she said, is to bring more jobs north. She cited her 'Live Free and Start Initiative' aimed at making it easier for high technology businesses to start up and flourish in the state.
Hassan said the state also has to work on energy and specifically getting more natural gas into the state. She said there are two private pipeline proposals. Working families need more financial security and an increase in the minimum wage, Hassan said.
More than anything, the governor said her administration has managed to bring various interests together to find common ground in what she called "the New Hampshire way." She said there are still disagreements but under her leadership, the state has been able to compromise and move forward.
The gathering at the White Mountain Chalet attracted a large crowd that included local officials and business people, many wearing Hassan stickers.
With the election next Tuesday, Hassan urged those present not only to vote but to get friends and family members to the polls as well.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 29 October 2014 22:16