Assessment panel meets to assess view tax criticism

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The New Hampshire board that oversees property assessing practices in New Hampshire meets today to review a series of public hearings at which its practices, its chairman and tax assessments were loudly criticized.

Critics wants the state to stop considering a property’s view when assessing value. They say the assessments push property taxes up, threatening to force owners to sell farm and forest land for development.

The Assessing Standards Board held five forums around the state. Speakers repeatedly asked the chairman, Moultonborough Representative Betsey Patten, to resign.

She has said she will address the demands and that the board will consider questions raised during the hearings at today’s meeting.

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