The Freedom Board of Selectmen are now seeking members interested in serving on the Town Office Advisory Committee.  The Committee, consisting of 5-7 members, will be responsible for fulfilling the objectives of Warrant Article #30 as passed at Town Meeting.

 

Warrant Article #30:  “To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate the sum of $40,000 (forty thousand dollars) to conduct a feasibility study for the restoration and/or additions to the existing Town Office and/or for a new Town Office to be constructed at 50 Eaton Road (aka Map 3, Lot 1-01), and further to create a Town Office Advisory Committee to consider ways to optimize the Town Office space, accessibility and mobility needs with $40,000 to come from the previously established Municipal Land and Building Capital Reserve Fund…” 

 

Anyone interested in serving on this committee should fill out a Request for Appointment form and return it to the Town Office.

The Town of Freedom has contracted with R.B. Wood & Associates, LLC. to do a statistical update of values for 2020.  The last revaluation was completed in 2016. In New Hampshire, the assessed value of individual properties is not adjusted each year. Values are only adjusted during periodic revaluations or when physical changes are made. A revaluation will account for these changes in value and seek to restore equity between individual assessments. The assessors and/or selectmen shall reappraise all real estate within the municipality so that the assessments are at full and true value at least as often as every fifth year, but can be adjusted yearly if market conditions dictate such. Based on the state’s equalization study, Freedom was compelled to complete the revaluation a year earlier than the required 5-year period so that all properties can be brought to current market value and contribute an equitable portion of the total tax burden.

The major phases to a municipal update are: Market Analysis, Valuation, and Field Review. During the upcoming summer months, data collectors will be visiting homes with building permits and properties that have recently sold to verify the data. The Valuation phase will be starting in July, and will be finalized in October.  Personnel from R.B. Wood & Associates, LLC. as well as the Department of Revenue Administration will be driving through the town in the months of August-September reviewing all properties to update and verify the Assessor’s database.

If you have any questions about the revaluation process or need additional information please contact the Assessor’s office at (603) 539-6323.