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Derry - NH's Place To Be



JUNE 30, 2003


All persons desiring to inquire and/or apply for any exemption must fill out a permanent application form (State Form
PA29) with the Assessing Department, and MUST be qualified as of April 1, in the year in which application is made.
All applications are presented to the Town Council for approval. Further information may be obtained from the
Assessing Department, 14 Manning Street, 432-6104 and/or the reverse side of your tax bill.


1) A person has to have been a resident of the State of New Hampshire for at least five (5) years preceding April 1st; 2)
Must have a net income from all sources, no greater than $25,500 for a single person and no greater than $32,400 if
married. 3) Owns assets of any kind, tangible or intangible, less bonafide encumbrances, and flirther, excluding the
value of his/her residence, no greater than $100,000. 4) Is at least 65 years old on or before April 1st; and 5) must not
have received transfer of the property from a blood relation, or person related by marriage, within five (5) years prior to
date of application (April 1). An exemption of $68,000 for residents 65 years of age up to 74, $101,000 from 75 years
of age up to 79, and $135,000 from 80 years of age and older is applied as a deduction to the assessed value of the


Pursuant to RSA 72 those persons considered legally blind as determined by the Administrator of Blind Services of the
Vocational Rehabilitation Division of the State of New Hampshire Education Department may apply for the exemption
for the blind. Amount is $25,000 deducted from the assessed value. You must produce a letter from the above agency
when you apply.


1) The veteran must be a resident of the State of New Hampshire for at least one (1) year previous to April 1st of the
year in which application is made, 2) has to have served not less than ninety (90) days in the Armed Forces of the
United States in a war or conflict as outlined in RSA 72:28; 3) must have been honorably discharged. A credit in the
amount of $100.00 is applied to the amount of tax due. A credit of $1,400 is available to the Veteran if he/she is 100%
permanently disabled as a result of a service-connected injury. (Applies also to unremarried widows of the disabled
veteran). A copy of the Veterans' DD214 or discharge paper is required when applying.


In order to encourage appreciation for the environment, conserve land and other resources, and to maintain open space,
the State of New Hampshire 'provides' for placing land in Current Use status where it is taxed at a lower rate. MANY
restrictions apply, including a 10-acre minimum. If you desire to investigate fiirther, you may inquire at the Assessing
Department (432-6104) or refer to RSA 79-A (amended). Application must be filed on or before April 15 in the year
application is made. A filing fee is required at the time of application for recording purposes. There is no buy out once
the parcel is accepted and classified for Current Use Assessment. There is a contingent lien placed on the property,
recorded at the Rockingham County Registry of Deeds, in favor of the Town.


Whenever a person moves manufactured housing into a city or town for the purpose of residing in the Town, or
whenever a person purchases an existing manufactured unit, he shall, within fifteen (15) days, register with the
Assessing Department of the Town, (RSA 72:7-b, amended.). Also, you must report to the Town when you intend to
move a manufactured home from the lot and/or town and pay the full tax in Jeopardy of the move (RSA 76: 1 0-a).


Under the provisions of RSA 36-A: 4, Conservation Commission may receive gifts of money and property real and
personal, in the name of the city or town, subject to approval of the Town Council. Such gifts are to be managed and
contained by the Commission for the purpose for which intended. Further inquiries may be made to the Town
Administrator's Office at 14 Manning Street, 432-6100 or 432-6101.

(Note: If Statutes are referenced - it shall be inferred that all supplements and/or amendments apply, wherever and
whenever applicable.)

Amended July 24, 2003

The Reports of the
Officials, Departments and Committees

of the

Town of Derry
New Hampshire

For the period
July 1, 2002 to June 30, 2003



Town Councilors 1

Town Officers 2

Town Departments and Offices 3

Town Boards and Committees 4

In Appreciation 6

Town Council 9

Town Administrator 10

Assessing Department 12

Cable Channel 17 31

Code Enforcement/Health Department 33

Community Development Department 35

Conservation Commission 37

Derry Economic Development Corporation 38

Finance Department 40

Fire Department & Ambulance Service 43

Heritage Commission 47

Highway Safety Commission 48

Housing and Redevelopment Authority 50

Human Services 51

Information Technology/Geographic Information System 53

Main Street Corporation 55

Parks & Recreation Department 56

Planning Board 58

Police Department 59

Public Library 63

Public Works Department 64

Supervisors of Checklist 68

Tax Collector 69

Taylor Library 73

Town Clerk 75

Treasurer's Report 80

Zoning Board of Adjustment 83

Auditor's Report 84

Comparative Balance Sheets 86

Expenditure Report 94

Revenue Report 98

Tax Fund Investments 103

Capital Reserve Fund 104

Statement of Changes in Long Term Debt 105

Schedule of Notes Payable 106

General Fund Long Term Debt Schedule 107

Water Department Long Term Debt 1 10

Sewer Department Long Term Debt Ill

Schedule of Capital Leases 114

General Financial Information (Charts & Graphs) 1 16

Town Council Minutes 133

FY 03 Budget (colored pages) 135

Town Charter

Frost Festival



James MacEachern

Paul Hopfgarten

Paul G. Needham

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Phyllis Katsakiores
District #1

Paul Doolittle, Chair
District #2

Beverly Ferrante
District #3

Michael Relf
District #4

Courtesy of Matt Palmer
Touched by


Town Council

Paul G. Needham, Chair



Phyllis Katsakiores
District #1

Paul Doolittle

District #2

Beverly Ferrante

District #3


James P. MacEachem

Paul Hopfgarten



Town Treasurer

Rita Correia

Town Clerk

Marjorie Swanson


Wilham Zolla

Michael Relf

District #4


Jeanne Johnson

Supervisors of the Checklist

Mayland P. Lewis

Edward D. Johnson

Derry Public Library Trustees

Marilyn Sullivan

Barbara EUingwood

Norma Sabella




Patricia MacEachem

Elizabeth Ives

Phyllis D. Howard



Cyndi Turse


Taylor Library Trustees


Edward Ciancio

Pamela Otis

Candace Andrews




Virginia True

Richard P. Apgar


Trustees of Trust Funds


Mary Church

Michael Gill

Grant G. Benson, Jr,






Carol M. Granfield, Town Administrator

Jim Turse, Assistant Town Administrator

Sandra Bissette, Administrative Assistant

Regine Bley, Purchasing Coordinator/ Administrative Support



David N. Gomez Patricia Raimo Lynn Hapke Douglas Rathbum Barbara Ellingwood

Assessor Administrator Manager Manager Administrator


Frank Childs, Chief Financial Officer
Patricia Milone, Tax Collector


Edward B. Garone, Chief

Malcolm Maclver, Captain

George Feole, Captain

Marlene Bishop, Animal Control Officer


Michael Crosby, Chief


John R. Nadeau, Chief


Eric Bodenrader, Director


George Sioras, Director
Robert Mackey, Code Enforcement/Health Officer
Fred Kelley, Assistant Code Enforcement/Health Officer


Alan G. Swan, Director

Thomas Carrier, Water & Sewer Superintendent

Alan Cote, Superintendent of Operations


Chief Michael Crosby, Director



Brian Chirichiello, Chair

David Blanchard

Ann Evans




David Nelson, V. Chair

Bruce Zahedi

Jack Dowd




James P. MacEachem

Carol M. Granfield

David Gomez

Council Representative

Town Administrator

Administrative Rep

Jeremy Plante

Neal Ochs

Virginia Roach




John Granfield
Town Administrator's Designee


John Conroy

Mark D. Wiseman, Chair

Jeffrey Ropes

Andrew Myers


Cecile Cormier
Troy Allen

Randall Chase

Eric Carlson

Matthew Campanella

Allan D. Virr


Alan Cote, Public Works Grant Benson, Jr., Chair, l" member-at-large

Chief Edward B. Garone, Police Tom Caron, 2""* member-at-large

Michael Gagnon, Fire Randall Chase, 3"* member-at-large

Chief John R. Nadeau, E. Deny Fire Timothy Sharretts, 4* member-at-large

Jane Kershaw, School Al Dinmiock, 5* member-at-large


Scott Slattery, Executive Director
Betty Hartwell, Secretary

Mary Noonan

Board of Commissioners
Grant G. Benson, Jr., Chair
Arthur Evans III James M. Barton, Jr.

(2005) (2006)

Carol Gaeta


Albert Doolittle

Paul Dionne, Chair

William Hoyt




John Dooney

Allen Grinnell

Margaret Ives




Dennis Wiley

Eleanor Sarcione

Paul Moriarty




Craig Durrett



Beverly Ferrante
Council Representative


Ralph Bonner

Richard Holmes, Chair

Paul Doolittle


(2004) Council Representative

Rebecca Rutter

Janice Rioux



Bill Petch

Roy Feinauer

James Richardson

Robert Letoumeau



Marjorie Palmer

Marion R. Pounder




Roberta Robie




James Turner




Janet Conroy





David Gomez Deborah Nutter Roberta Robie Paul Hopfgarten

(2004) (2004) (2004) (2004)



Chief Ronald D. Stowers

26 Years Dedicated Service

Deny Fire Department


2/1/73 - 6/30/03
Chief Michael Crosby
30 Years Dedicated Service
Deny Fire Department



Barry Charewicz Police
Gerry LaPlume Assessing

Michael Surrette Police


Gloria Hebert Community Development

Mike Jesson Parks

Vincent Byron Police


Joan Reynolds Police

Charles Buzzell Public Works

Joyce McRobbie Fire


Greetings to the Citizens of Deny,

Please join me in reflecting on some of our accomplishments and long range goals.

Our accomplishments include:

• Growth Management - we purchased one of the few remaining multifamily
parcels in town and will use it for commercial development eliminating 216

• Economic Development - DEDC and the Town of Deny are continuing a major
effort to cooperatively broaden our tax base through projects such as this.

Looking forward:

• Our ballfield program is back on track.

• The Conservation Commission is keeping the Council informed of the key
parcels needed to fulfill our master plan.

• We are making a renewed effort to serve you better through quicker responses to
your inquiries and looking at Saturday hours at Town Hall.

• The Growth Management Plan is alive and well thanks to the Planning Board's
hard work and Council cooperation.

• The School Board and Town Council continue to hold regular joint meetings to
facilitate the voter approved building of new schools. This was an astonishing
achievement by the community in light of the war in Iraq and a poor national

Let's not forget the fundamental strength of Deny rests in both our town employees and our
volunteers. The employees of our towTi are loyal and hard working. Their dedication and skills
are the heart of our government. Thanks to each and every one of you. Similarly, and just as
important, are the volunteers who people our boards and commissions as well as the non-
governmental volunteers whose projects keep our town hiunming.

Finally, I want to acknowledge my fellow council members. Some folks find our process
frustrating and dislike some of our decisions, but I am convinced that each of us has the pure
intention of doing what is best for the town. The democratic process is pretty messy sometimes
because it allows for a diversity of opinions. Very often I can't get my way, but I usually feel the
result of our discussions is a decision that is better than what any of us could do alone and is the
best one for the people of Derry.

Thank you for allowing me to serve as the Chairman of the Deny Town Council.

Respectfiilly submitted,

Derry Tovioi Council

Beautify Derry


I am pleased to report that the Town has enjoyed another progressive year in providing
positive, efficient service to the citizens in the community. The budget process was the
most effective one experienced by both the staff and Town Council. There was a
decrease in personnel, town services remained consistent and the tax rate increase
remained within the tax cap.

The First Volunteer Appreciation Ceremony was conducted in March. A total of 59
volunteers were recognized for their service on town boards, committees and programs.
The volunteers were pleased to receive this recognition for all of the hours and
knowledge they have provided to the town. Due to its successful impact, this is scheduled
to be an annual event.

Town employees have all settled in and adjusted to the Municipal Center. The one year
armiversary in the building was celebrated by employees and the public. The service
oriented building has been enjoyed and well utilized by the public. The businesses and
citizens of Derry have expressed their support of our streamlined and efficient service,
especially from the new municipal center. The public enjoys the convenient parking and
accessible services all at one location. During the year awards were received for the
building from Plan New Hampshire as well as New Hampshire Main Sfreet.

The Beautify Derry Program continues to expand each year. This year the participants in
the program increased to twenty organizations/individuals maintaining twenty two
locations. The public is encouraged to adopt a location to beautify. The joint effort with
the Town has been quite successful in enhancing the appearance of the community in all
areas of the town.

The Heritage Museum opened in the Adams Memorial Building and is an excellent
addition to the downtown area. The historic displays are outstanding and present a
significant history of happenings and people in Derry.

Last fall the Derry Dog Park opened next to the Animal Confrol building on Fordway.
This project has been funded by donations and has utilized positively an area of town
property that had no other use. Despite the snowy winter, the park was filled with dogs
and their owners all winter long. A dedicated group was there regularly providing
exercise opportunity for their dogs. The success of the park far exceeded any

During the year through a joint effort with Rockingham Economic Development
Corporation (REDC), Main Street Corporation, Derry Economic Development
Corporation (DEDC), the Greater Derry Chamber of Commerce and the Housing &
Redevelopment Authority, the Town hosted its first Business Development Forum.
Businesses, developers and realtors from New England attended a program where the
town highlighted development opportunities and what Derry has to offer. This was a


very successful event and as a result some major companies are now seeking to locate in
Deny. Due to its success, it is planned to have this event once or twice each year.

During the coming year many implementation phases of the new Munis computer system
will occur. All departments are networked and phases that will be incorporated following
the fmancial system include payroll, human resources, purchasing, utility billing and
several others.

Economic development and the revitalization of Deny shall continue in the coming year.
The downtown continues to have more and more activity. The Adams building will
house the Chamber of Commerce and a visitor center. This will be an excellent location
to introduce new businesses and people to Deny.

Thanks to all of the employees and staff for all of your hard, dedicated work that has
made Deny what it is today. Your support is most appreciated. It continues to be a
pleasure to work with all of our boards and committees. This spirit of volunteerism is the
core of why Derry is New Hampshire's Place to Be.

In an effort to introduce citizens interested in supporting the community and learning
more about the town, a Citizens Academy will be initiated. Over a four to six week
period classes of ten will receive training to better understand town government
operations as well as the works of boards. It will provide an excellent basis for
individuals interested in serving on boards. I hope it will attract more of our citizens to
get more involved.

Additionally, I plan on attending the various civic groups and associated meetings within
the town. I know it is difficult for many to come to the municipal center or become
involved with the Citizen Academy due to daily obligations. Therefore, I plan on
meeting with you at various group meetings so you will have a better idea of town
happenings and have an opportunity to meet with me and provide your input.

The coming year offers an opportunity to continue projects that have been scheduled and
maintain town operations. I shall continue to provide our commimity with the best
service available as a result of our talented workforce. I look forward to the coming year
working with the staff and Tow^ Council on the many challenges that face the

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Beautify Derry


We continued to recommend to the Board of Assessors that annual assessment updates be conducted as
the data may indicate. As most everyone is aware, over the past three years the real estate market, in
particular, continues to be, as of this writing, very vibrant in Derry, and the rest of the State. We have
seen some signs of a slow down, and a leveling off of prices, but overall properties are still selling. As a
result, we have recommended to the Board of Assessors that the Department be allowed to revise
assessed values, Townwide, for all land assessments for Tax Year beginning April 1, 2003. As of this
writing, and through the budget discussions in May 2003, the Board had been given the information as
to the need. The Board of Assessors have chosen not to go forward with an assessment update for tax
year 2003 begirming April 1. Their decision was based primarily on the Town's positive statistical
performance as indicated by the State Department of Revenue Administration's sales to assessment ratio
study for tax year 2002.

Our recommendations to the Board of Assessors are a result of our continuous efforts to study the Real
Estate Market. As is the case the market is always in a state of change. We need to continue to keep
our assessed values in line with that market activity according to State Law, the State Constitution, and
new Assessment Standards being developed by the State Assessment Standards Board. This has been
the mission of the Assessing Department since 1992. We must continue our regular program of
assessment updates, and at times a total town wide revaluation will be necessary. If assessments are
monitored and updated on an annual basis the need for outside Reappraisal services will not be
necessary. The Department can manage the workload very well 'in-house'. This process is crucial to
the well being of the Town, not only from the individual taxpayers prospective, but also from the overall
fiscal health of the Town. It assures that no one taxpayer will pay more than their fair share of the
property tax burden in the Town of Derry.

Our statistical testing demonstrates, and confirms that the real estate market in Derry, as with the
immediate region and the State, continues to be very strong and vibrant, as reported above. Since April
1, 2002 most classes of property continue to experience a rise in market value at approximately 12% per
year, that trend continues in Derry through April 1, 2003.

The State Department of Revenue Administration indicates through their sales to assessment ratio study
for 2002 that the Town's level of assessed value to market value was 76.9% (for 2001 it was 90%). We
anticipate that the town's sales to assessment ratio will be lower in 2003 as a result of the healthy real
estate market (anticipated to be 67% or less).

The Department of Revenue Administration's study also indicates the co-efficient of dispersion
(C.O.D.) to be 10.8% for the tax year 2002 (9.7% for 2001). This C.O.D. is considered to be in the
'very good' range, for tax year 2002. Tax year 2003 will be measured independently of prior years
performance. The C.O.D. measures uniformity in assessments through ratio studies. It indicates the
measure of appraisal uniformity that is independent of the level of appraisal (ratio) and permits direct
comparisons between property groups (like and other properties). Any decision to conduct reassessment
updates must consider this number above all others. If the C.O.D. approaches the 15% to 20%) range,
this would be unacceptable. Please see letter and 3-page chart from the DRA dated March 14, 2003.

The Town's total net taxable valuation, upon which the tax rate was set for Tax Year 2002 was
$1,770,664,843 (2001 was $1,747,020,473), and the tax rate(s) were: Derry Fire District $29.18/1,000
of assessed value and East Derry Fire Precinct $28.88/1,000 of assessed value. The Derry Fire
District's net taxable valuation for 2002 was $1,167,438,543. East Derry Fire Precincts' net taxable


assessed valuation for 2002 was $603,226,300. The estimated Net Taxable assessed value for 2003,
will be approximately $1,790,600,000.

Due to the Deny Fire District and East Deny Fire Precinct Boundary changes effected by the Town
Council this past Spring, there will be a definite shift in assessed valuation totals fi^om "East Deny Fire"
to the Deny Fire District total. This change will affect the tax rate, and therefore the tax each East
Deny Fire Precinct property owner will pay in taxes for 2003, effective on the Final (Fall) tax bill. This
is the billing (the second billing of the year) upon which the new tax will be calculated based on the
New 2003 tax rate as calculated by the State Department of Revenue Administration.

The tax rates reflected for 2002 are a result of the State of New Hampshire's funding of an "Adequate"
education. As a result, the Town of Derry received over $19 million in a grant from the State in 2002.
The funding level should remain basically the same for 2003. The paying public should be aware that
there will continue to be two school rates on their tax bill(s) - one will reflect the total local monies to
be raised, the other will be the State rate, this also indicates local funds to be raised. State funds raised
locally stay in Derry, as we are a "receiver" town.

On a related matter the Legislature has taken several steps in response to the Sirrell v State of New
Hampshire (regarding the 'coalition '/donor towns case) to address Assessment and Equalization

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