Tim Josephson 

for New Hampshire State Representative

Grafton-11

Canaan, Dorchester and Wentworth

My Promises to You

I WILL:

  • Fight to reform our educational funding to ease the property tax burden on our small towns and ensure quality public schools for all

  • Fight for expanded rural broadband and cell service to connect us to economic opportunities

  • Fight to ensure access to quality, affordable healthcare for all

  • Fight for the issues of rural New Hampshire such as forestry and environmental stewardship

Real Talk

I think we can all agree that our property taxes are outrageous. My family feels it too. These property tax increases will continue until we address the problem: the downshifting of costs from the state to local municipalities.

 

Unless and until we makes policy changes in Concord, our property taxes will continue to rise.

 

The formula is not in our favor: no matter how lean our school and town budgets get, our tax rate will go up due to increased downshifting in costs from the state. The State promised to fund the retirement fund when it was established in the late 60's and since then, the state's contribution was lowered and lowered until it was completely eliminated in 2010. The State of New Hampshire broke its promise to the towns, cities, and school districts and must keep its promise. State Building Aid for School Districts was also eliminated at this time and communities like ours lost out, big time. Stabilization grants, a vital tool for property-poor districts to aid their funding, have also been reduced and were scheduled to continue reducing, resulting in higher costs at the local level. Thankfully, these were restored in the last budget cycle.

As your New Hampshire State Representative for the past four years, I've fought for educational funding reform, seeking fairer methods to support public schools in districts like ours. I've gone to bat for expanded broadband in rural areas, holding internet service providers accountable for their coverage and making it easier for towns like Canaan, Dorchester, and Wentworth to band together with neighboring communities to expand last-mile connections. We've worked hard to make New Hampshire a place you want to live, work, and raise a family, but there's much more to do. If you send me back to Concord, I promise to continue that work, fighting for better access to affordable healthcare, protections for working families, and increased opportunities for all. I have been honored to serve as your representative and I ask for your vote so that I may continue to work for you. I'll see you at the polls on November 3rd!

I am honored to serve and will fight to improve the lives of all people in NH, from our youngest families to the vital senior members of our community.

New ideas fuel policy change, and I'd love to hear yours!

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