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Proposal would compensate Hampstead for property taxes lost due to state’s hospital purchase

By: - January 17, 2023 1:59 pm
Exterior sign for Hampstead Hospital

The state purchased Hampstead Hospital last year. (Annmarie Timmins | New Hampshire Bulletin)

The state’s purchase of Hampstead Hospital last year for a behavioral health campus cost the town of Hampstead nearly $178,000 in annual property taxes. An item before the Executive Council Wednesday would replace that full amount with federal money and revenues from the hospital.

The Department of Health and Human Services received council approval in July to pay Hampstead about $140,000 for lost property taxes. Wednesday, the department will ask the Executive Council to approve paying Hampstead an additional $39,000. The two payments would cover the $177,941 in taxes Hampstead collected from the 95-acre Hampstead Hospital property last year.

The state is not required to pay taxes on property it owns. It instead provides communities payment “in lieu” of taxes. In its request to the Executive Council, the department said it will ask the Legislature to include funding for ongoing payments to Hampstead in the next biennial budget. 

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Annmarie Timmins
Annmarie Timmins

Senior reporter Annmarie Timmins is a New Hampshire native who covered state government, courts, and social justice issues for the Concord Monitor for 25 years. During her time with the Monitor, she won a Nieman Fellowship to study journalism and mental health courts at Harvard for a year. She has taught journalism at the University of New Hampshire and writing at the Nackey S. Loeb School of Communications.

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