Strong majority favor increasing veterans tax credit – 264 participants

Apr 13, 2017

HB 430, which passed the Legislature in April, grants towns the power to increase the property tax credit offered to veterans. Read more about this issue. On April 13, Citizens Count, NH’s Live Free or Die Alliance decided to put the issue to its Facebook members, posting the question, “Should NH increase the amount towns may give veterans as a property tax credit, from $500 to $1,000?”

“Should NH increase the amount towns may give veterans as a property tax credit, from $500 to $1,000?”

Results: Yes or No Respondents

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Participation: 264 participants gave 386 responses

A total of 84% of those participating gave a ‘yes or no’ response to the question. The remaining 16% of participants engaged in the discussion but did not give a ‘yes or no’ response. In total, 264 individuals from New Hampshire contributed a total of 386 responses or reactions to this question. (Click here for details on our methodology.)

What Participants Said:

Yes: A strong majority, at 85% of ‘yes or no’ respondents, were in favor of increasing the amount towns may give veterans as a property tax credit. 

  • “Anything we can do to help and or assist our vets should always take priority. They did their part, it's time we did ours.”
  • “Many are seniors who are battling ever-increasing living expenses on a fixed income. They deserve whatever assistance we can give in return for their service. In Nashua, this would eliminate property tax for many aging vets.”
  • “It's embarrassing how little the state of NH does for its veterans. Absolutely, the $500.00 credit amount should be raised.”

No:  The minority of ‘yes or no’ respondents, at 15%, were opposed to increasing the amount towns may give veterans as a property tax credit.   

  • “The current credit is enough, thank you.”
  • “No, everyone should get lower taxes.”
  • “Any/all breaks should be based on financial status, not contingent upon something like military service or other service that the individual was paid for.”

Other: As noted above, 16% of those participating did not give a ‘yes or no’ response, instead addressing their comments to related questions and issues. These included:  

  • Property taxes in general: “How about stop taxing property? What an awful form of theft. You will never actually own your home.”
  • Relevance: “Doesn't matter for me anymore. Rindge wouldn't even give me the 500 credit.”
  • Implications: “I'm all for reducing taxes, but my biggest concern is that the tax burden would be shifted onto non-veterans.”

*Editor selection of actual participant quotes. 

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Related Bill

HB 430 (2017)
Bill Status: Passed House and Senate
Hearing date: Mar 28, 2017

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