Without an exemption, Goffstown resident must pay high taxes on solar energy panels
Roger Beaudoin says he’s being taxed too much by the town of Goffstown for his solar panels. (COURTESY)
Beaudoin appeared before the Board of Selectmen with his wife, along with several other solar enthusiasts, on Aug. 11. In a request for appointment with the board, Beaudoin cited a request for implementation for a solar panel tax exemption for Goffstown residents.
Another resident who attended the meeting, Charlie Bedard, of 36 Shirley Park Road, said he would not be installing solar panels if an exemption is not enacted.
“We’re being taxed to death on everything in Goffstown,” Beaudoin said on Wednesday, echoing Bedard’s concerns. “Why do I want to pay out all this money for clean energy if you’re going to tax me on it, so I lose more money?”
Beaudoin also suggested at the meeting that solar panel owners should get a tax deduction for contributing to the grid, but that he’s not expecting that.
“That exemption has never been adopted in the town of Goffstown, therefore, as the town assessor, I am obligated to assessment,” Bartlett said, adding the town has been assessing solar panels since at least 1998, but that Beaudoin’s panels were the largest so far.
“Also, at the same time, I gave them information how it could be exempted,” Bartlett said. “But I didn’t get a response until after the first tax bill was sent (in June of this year).”
“Because of the cost effectiveness, (solar panel installation) is becoming more prevalent ... in New Hampshire,” he said. “I do expect that the original assessment … will be reduced,” adding that he won’t have an exact figure until the Board of Selectmen sign off after his Sept. 1 deadline.
READER COMMENTS: 0
- Nashua assessment tests miss the mark - 1
- St. A's board of trustees responds to criticism of graduation change - 2
- Officials proposing cutting Derry school budget by $1.4 million - 0
- St. Anselm in a stir over graduation date change - 13
- Nashua schools struggle to find more time for middle-school math - 0
- Former Gov. Lynch chosen for PSU Robert Frost award - 0
- Keene State College gets funding to further biology research - 0
- Anti-bully message on display at Pinkerton - 0
- 'Hour of Code' events get students interested in computer programming - 0
READER COMMENTS: 0
- State House Dome: Just past Concord session a mixed bag - 0
- Monarchs squeak by Bruins - 0
- Memorial hockey shuts out Trinity - 0
- Dover's Parratto a national champion - 0
- UNH defense comes up big against Redbirds - 0
- St. Anselm men knock off Post - 0
- Leadership, defense made Katie Bishop, of Conway, an All-American - 0
- Jet menace faltered under Rex - 0
- Strong start lifts Bedford to win - 0
UNH loses to Illinois State
A new era for Nashua's police force
Cyber security a fear in NH, too
Nashua police left rattled by tot's death
Haylee Ann-Marie Patten
'Everybody was extremely fortunate'