Town tax bills to rise $215?

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Deep River ratepayers are facing a 6.5 percent increase in their property tax bills this year.

The increase is contained in the municipality’s draft operating budget, which is on the table for this week’s meeting of town council.

Council is expected to set a date of April 10 for a public meeting to garner input on the budget, with a view to passing it on April 24.

That’s a far cry from past recent budgets, which were passed late in December or early in January of each year to get the municipality’s ducks in a row for things like the awarding of contracts.

That aside, the increase is made up of a combined 7.9 percent increase in the municipal portion of the average residential tax bill and a 5.3 percent increase in the county portion.

There is no increase in the education portion of tax bills.

It all boils down to an increase of $215 in the tax bill of a median single-family home in Deep River with an assessed value of $204,000, with the municipal portion accounting for $173 of that increase…

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