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were one time expenses.

The assessed values of properties continue to rise due to the
increased values associated with the sales of property, particularly
beach area properties. Until the values associated with the sales
values for property transfers stabilize, we will continue to see
rising property assessments. Pressure will continue to exist in the
taxable value area because of the continued devaluation of the
Seabrook Station. All of the problems are the result of state
policies and laws, an area where citizens have little or no input and
where we are all captives of the needs of State Government. Please
remember that there is no such thing as true home rule in New
Hampshire .

Progress has been made in stabilizing and improving relations with
the Seabrook Employees' Association. The substantial backlog of
grievances and arbitrations has been by and large resolved. The
contract with this unit has been submitted for town approval at this
coming Town Meeting. We look forward to a long period of stability



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and increased productivity for the benefit of the employees and the
community.

Your town government continues to work on several important projects
that will assist in the long-term improvement of the community.
Projects such as the dredging of the harbor, a long-term maintenance
program for the beach and dune areas, increased water supply through
the diversion and desalination projects, the installation of water
meters and the replacement of the bulkhead at the Yankee Fisherman's
Cooperative are but a few ongoing programs.

New programs include the removal of arsenic, iron and manganese from
our water supply; the completion of deferred maintenance of our
roadways; and the painting of the interior and exterior of our water
storage towers that has been deferred for several years.

The year 2004 will see increased efforts to improve the productivity
of our services, by providing better and safer working conditions for
our employees; improving our ability to establish and utilize
collective purchasing and to replace the loss of those services from
the state. Stabilizing the impact of taxes upon our citizens has the
highest priority after insuring the public safety. In short, we will
do everything in our power to make life better for the citizens of
Seabrook, while fairly and impartially administering the laws that
you have enacted for your protection and peace of mind.

In closing, I would like to express my personal appreciation to the
many individuals who serve as Seabrook' s elected and appointed
officials for their assistance during the past year. Thank you to
the citizens of Seabrook for their help, assistance and suggestions.
Your help has been invaluable in accomplishing the work of the past
year. A very special thank you to the members of the Board of
Selectmen and their able staff and co-workers. Nothing could or
would have been accomplished without your dedication to the people of
Seabrook. Last, but not least, to the many individual employees of
the town for their many long hours, both night and day. Your efforts
did make a difference in providing those necessary services to the
citizens of our community.

Respectfully submitted,

Frederick W. Welch

Town Manager



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GOVERNMENT
Municipal
County
Local School
State Education
Total Tax Rate



2003 - TAX RATE

APPROPRIATION
$14,002, 926
$ 1,679,258
$ 6,521,650
$ 3,860,431
$26,064,265



TAX PER $1,000



$ 7.12 = 46%

$ 0.85 = 6%

$ 3.32 = 22%

$ 3.96 = 26%
$ 15.25



2003 Tax Rate



5.6%



26.0%




46.7%



Municipal
Local School
State School
County



21 .8%



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ASSESSING DEPARTMENT - TOWN REPORT 2003

SEABROOK VALUATION TRENDS

The Seabrook Real Estate market has been growing at an extraordinary
rate throughout 2001, 2002 and into 2003. While Seabrook' s market
realized steady gains through the late 1990' s and into 2000, the rate
of growth has grown as much as 15% per year since early 2001. The
availability of low cost water and sewer, low tax rates in comparison
to neighboring communities, and a high level of new construction have
contributed to the positive real estate market.

STATE PROPERTY TAX

In 1999, the State instituted a state education property tax. The
state also created an Education Property Tax Hardship Relief program,
which paid a refund to any taxpayer that qualified, based on income,
ownership, and location of primary residence. This program was
repealed for the 2002 tax year and replaced with the Low and Moderate
Income Homeowners Property Tax Relief program. Applications will be
available at the Assessor's Office after April 15, 2004. The
completed applications will be accepted by the State of New Hampshire
Department of Revenue Administration (DRA) from May 1, 2004 to June
30, 2004.

ASSESSMENT CERTIFICATION

The Town of Seabrook underwent a total re-valuation of values for the
2001 tax year. A complete update of values was undertaken by the
Assessor's office for the 2003 tax year. The DRA has been reviewing
the assessments and assessment practices of the town for the 2003 tax
year. Recent legislation requires that towns meet assessment
certification on a periodic basis. One of the major requirements of
certification is a level of assessment (level of assessed values in
comparison to recent market sales) of 90% to 110%. The DRA' s report
is expected in the spring of 2004.

NUCLEAR POWER PLANT

The Seabrook Nuclear Power Plant sold to Florida Power and Light
Energy (FPL) from Juno Beach, Florida in November 2002. The 5-year
agreement between the town and the power plant expired with the 2002
tax year. The town and FPL have not yet come to an agreement on the
value of the plant for the 2003 tax year and onward. Negotiations
with the new owners continues. The taxable value of the plant was
lowered from $1,200,000,000 to $975,000,000 for the 2003 tax year.



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2003 SUMMARY OF VALUATION

LAND $ 535,022,700

BUILDINGS 521, 917, 000

PUBLIC UTILITIES 1,140,259,000

TOTAL VALUATION BEFORE EXEMPTIONS $2,197,198,700

BLIND EXEMPTION $ 135, 000

ELDERLY EXEMPTION 17,790,000

DISABLED EXEMPTION 1,040,000

EXEMPT PROPERTIES 63, 250, 800

WATER/AIR POLLUTION CONTROL EXEMPTION 148, 660,200

LESS TOTAL EXEMPTIONS ( 230, 876, 000]

TOTAL VALUATION AFTER ALLOWED EXEMPTIONS $ 1,966,322,700



Respectfully submitted,

Scott W. Bartlett, CNHA, NHCG

Town Appraiser/Assessor



Board of Adjustment - Annual Town Report 2003

The Zoning Board of Adjustment members spent a great deal of time
this year balancing the needs of residents and businesses with the
current zoning regulations. The board has done a wonderful job in
spite of having to make several difficult decisions.

The board operates under an updated set of by-laws thanks to the work
of our members and secretary. The Town of Seabrook has the benefit
of very experienced members who have spent years studying New
Hampshire land use regulations. We look forward to adding some
additional members to our board to assure the future success in
dealing with these important issues. Lastly, we ran a tight ship and
after expenses were able to generate a positive cash flow to the
town. My thanks to my fellow board members who donate their time to
sit on these cases and shape the future of Seabrook.

Respectfully Submitted,
Dr. Peter Fowler, Chairman
William Cox, Vice Chairman

Members at Large: Lucille Moulton

Dr. Robert Lebold
Howard C. Page, III
Henry Therriault



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WATER & SEWER DEPARTMENT ANNUAL TOWN REPORT - 2003

This past year, our water system was operating below its
capability. To assist with the pumping, we were forced to install and
use a temporary well. This well, located on Susan Lane, produced 37
million gallons of water from March until the end of July. This well
was later removed from service due to its poor water quality. Ground
water levels in three of our four well fields have come back to
almost normal levels. The fourth well field area, located off Ledge
Road, remains at a very low level.

The town of Seabrook is in need of additional water sources. The
town is growing and the water system has to keep up the pace with
this growth. This year, voters raised money through two articles, to
help find water and to divert stream water. We were unable to spend
the allotted funds because these articles were not properly worded.
In March 2004, voters will have the opportunity to amend the wording
of these articles. In the interim, our total water ban will continue
to be in effect and we would like to thank everyone who has complied.

I would like to take this opportunity to personally thank the
water and sewer personnel for the outstanding work accomplished over
the past year. The labor work force has been at a deficit most of the
year, especially in the water department. Three employees have been
out due to illness or injury. The remaining employees along with the
part-time help had to work extremely hard in difficult situations.
Their dedication to the job is greatly appreciated.

There were 505,729,353 gallons of water pumped in 2003. This is
a 33,293,596 gallon decrease over the previous year. This decrease
can be directly attributed to our total ban on the outside water
usage and the decrease of water usage by the industrial/commercial
companies. Sovereign Chemical, Florida Light and Power Plant
(Nuclear Power Plant) , Best Western and Beach Bubbles Laundry had the
most significant decreases of 22.8, 2.9, 2.8 and. 3 million gallons,
respectively. Venture (formerly Bailey's), Hannah Foods, Loctite
Corp. and Applebee' s had the most significant increases of 1.2, .9,
.5 and .3 million gallons, respectively. Sovereign Chemical Company
reduced their use by recycling the water through a cooling tower.
Autoshine Car Wash and Prowash installed their own wells.

There were thirty-six new residential and one
industrial/commercial water services installed this year. CVS
Pharmacy was added as a new metered customer. The crew also installed
four sewer services throughout the year.

A few minor water leaks occurred. None of these were major and
most of them were on the homeowner's property. Also, four fire
hydrants were damaged by motor vehicles and were repaired.



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Water & Pipe Testing, Inc. of Wakefield, Massachusetts,
conducted a complete leak survey on the entire water system. Only
four minor leaks were found, three were on the homeowners' property.
We were responsible for the repair of only one, which was leaky
packing on a valve.

Our wastewater treatment plant processed 328 million gallons of
sewerage. This is a daily average to the Atlantic Ocean of
approximately 944,000 gallons. From this, we extracted 1466 wet tons
of bio solids, which were transported to a composting facility.

The crew installed large powered ventilation louvers to cool the
emergency generators at our Centennial Street and Route 286 sewerage
lift stations.

We would like everyone to please refrain from running water to
keep their pipes from freezing and to rely on their heat tape and
insulation. We have found that homeowners, who "trickle" water to
keep pipes from freezing, actually cause their drainpipes to freeze
in extremely cold weather. Check your heat tape and insulation prior
to freezing weather. On these cold, windy days, we are witnessing
over 800,000 additional gallons of water use per day.

Please remember - water is a precious and useful resource and
should be used wisely, not wastefully. Conserving water is everyone's
responsibility.

Respectfully submitted,
Warner B. Knowles
Water/Sewer Superintendent



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Emergency Management

During 2003, the Emergency Management office has had training on a
continued basis, to keep staff and volunteers current with equipment
and information.

Training has consisted of RADEF (radiological) , transportation,
evacuation, etc. This coming year, 2004, we will be participating in
a graded exercise, which will test and examine the towns ability to
perform in the event of any unusual situation which may occur. All
towns within a ten mile radius of the power plant will also be
participating in this exercise.

I would like to express my thanks to our staff and volunteers, the
Town Manager, and Selectmen for their continuing support.

Respectfully Submitted,

Joseph Titone

Emergency Management Director



Cemetery Restoration Committee

The cemetery restoration committee experienced another successful
year with much thanks to Roger Syphers Monument Company of Hampton,
N.H. Roger not only does most of the gravesite work, he also serves
as the committee's advisor from time to time.

Most of the severely broken gravestones have been repaired. The
large obelisks that were in danger of tipping over from winter frost
now have new concrete foundations beneath them. Much of the work was
time consuming and dug by hand rather then using heavy equipment, as
areas would not permit access with large tractor backhoes.

The Gove gravesite on Route 1 near Rocks Road, which was badly
disturbed by the Route 1 and Route 107 road construction project, has
been repaired. The Audley Construction Company did almost all of the
repairs at no cost to the Town of Seabrook. The cemetery committee
chairman and the state engineer of the road project oversaw the work
for Audley Company. The photographs kept by Syphers Monument Company
and turned over to the town cemetery records department provided
valuable input on getting the Gove site back to its original state.
An added marker, donated by Syphers Monument Company, depicting the
era in time and history was erected on the site.

The badly broken stone located in pieces at the Elmwood Cemetery was
completely replaced with a new one. The stone was able to be
replaced by bits and pieces of information gathered by Evelyn Fowler
a local resident who studies gravestones and their history. The
stone in question was that of James Fowler who was a Civil War hero

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who died at Cape Hatteras Inlet Battle in 1862. The stone was then
placed in the Methodist Cemetery in its proper place. It was not
determined as to how this stone mysteriously came to be at the
Elmwood Cemetery in pieces.

On Weare Road a small cemetery was uncovered, the Johnson Burial
Ground Circa 1822. The site was cleared of all debris and growth.
Granite posts were installed by Syphers and crew around the site
perimeter and chains looped from post to post. An iron gate will be
placed at the opening of the site near a large rock that was used
from the lot and engraved (Johnson Burial Ground Circa 1822) . The
gate was donated by a local welding shop and will be installed in the
spring by Syphers. This coming year there are two more abandoned
gravesites that will be cleaned and have post and chains installed.
This will be done after a meeting with known family ancestors for
information and input.

A third burial site will also be finished this year with chain
hardware and whatever granite posts need to be replaced. Work will
be done in all cemeteries this coming year, some left over from last
year and some new issues caused by nature's elements and time.

The committee took on a new member this year, Janet Dow, who replaced
our departed but not forgotten member Clyde 0. Brown, he served us
faithfully.

Anyone having information regarding graves, grave markers, or
anything that may be helpful to the committee is welcome to contact
any of the committee members. We can be reached by phone or seen at
the cemeteries. Secretary Dottle Fitzgerald and myself can often be
found checking with Mr. Syphers while he works at the sites.

We would like to thank the town manager and taxpayers for their
assistance .

Respectfully Submitted,

George W. Dow, Chairman

Dorothy Fitzgerald, Secretary

Janet Dow, Member

Roger Syphers, Associate Member and Advisor



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2003 ANNUAL TOWN REPORT - PLANNING BOARD

In the year 2003, the planning board processed over fifty cases with
ten subdivision approvals and two pending approvals for a creation of
forty-six additional residential lots. Most of these were minor
subdivisions with the exception of a proposed twenty-seven-lot
subdivision off Stard Road.

Town Planner Thomas Morgan has updated the capital improvements
program document with the recommendations of the board members and
the proposals of the various department heads. The plan will cover
the period 2004-2009. We will be updating this plan every year. The
purpose of this plan is to encourage municipal planning several years
into the future and to keep abreast of major projects that may be
contemplated by municipal boards and departments.

The board recommended and the voters approved amendments to the
zoning ordinance in the year 2003. There will be more amendments
that were recommended and will be on the 2004 town warrant for your
approval. Also approved, by the planning Board, were several
amendments to the site plan and subdivision regulations. Public
hearings were held on these proposed changes and a decision was
reached that we felt would best serve the town and its citizens.

At this time, I would like to thank all of the members for their
dedication. A special thanks to retired CEO Robert Moore for his
long-time service and knowledge as advisor to this board.



[CASES PROCESSED IN 2003[

Site Plans 15

Subdivisions 12

Lot Line Changes 9

Condo Conversions 19

Driveway Applications 12



Robert B. Brown Chairman Michael Cawley Alternate

Susan Foote Vice Chairman William Cox Alternate

G. Keith Fowler Member Richard Dodge Alternate

Peter Evans Member Michael Lowry Alternate

William Knowles Member Thomas Morgan Town Planner

Mark Preston Member Michael Fowler Town Engineer

Emily Sanborn Secretary Paul Garand,CEO Advisor

Karen Knight Selectmen's Rep.

Respectfully Submitted
Robert Brown, Chairman



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Capital Improvements Program 2004 - 2009

The Planning Board is pleased to report that we updated the Capital
Improvements Program (CIP) during the past year. The plan will cover
the period 2004 through 2009.

A total of 120 capital projects were proposed by the Conservation
Commission, Public Works Department, Fire Department, Police
Department and the Recreation Department. Additionally, our board
proposed 14 projects.

We wish to thank all of the above municipal departments for the
prompt and professional manner in which they responded to our
requests .

The CIP provides several benefits to the Town:

• It helps to coordinate spending among the various departments
who otherwise might be unaware of potential redundancies;

• It prompts municipal decision makers to think several years into
the future when considering the allocation of funds;

• It reduces the chance of a spike in the tax rate caused by
unexpected capital expenses;

• It allows the Planning Board to assess developers impact fees
for off-site improvements; and

• It permits the Planning Board to propose a growth-control
ordinance, if desired.

The graph on the next page depicts the impact of capital projects
recommended by the Planning Board during the next six years in the
context of anticipated operating expenditures.

We will be updating the plan on an annual basis. The next update
will commence in mid-summer 2004. Copies of the CIP are available
for public inspection at the Town Hall. As always, your comments are
most welcome.

Respectfully Submitted,
Robert Brown, Chairman
Seabrook Planning Board



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Fiscal Impact of Proposals

Recommended by the Planning Board




2004



2005



2006



2007



2008



2009



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OFFICE OF CODE ENFORCEMENT
BUILDING INSPECTOR' S REPORT 2003



Commercial development was down this year. Several large
projects are before the planning board at this time and more are in
the pipeline. The widening of Route 1 will commence between the
recreation department and Railroad Avenue with the proposed building
of Lowe's Home Center, Inc. Industrial permits have been steady this
year and several new businesses have come to the Town of Seabrook.
New residential permits have decreased this year, but older homes are
being remodeled or replaced with new structures.

The State of New Hampshire adopted the International Codes as of
September 2003. The building department urges you to support the
adoption of these codes to ensure local control over the proposed
codes .

A special thanks to Robert S. Moore, who retired as building
inspector and health officer in July after seventeen years of
dedicated service to the town. Best wishes to Bob in his retirement.



[building PERMITS ISSUED]

CODE PERMITS ESTCST

Single Family Homes 17 2, 460, 000

Two Family/Duplex 3 54 0,000

Mobile Homes 5 72,50

Residential Alterations/

Additions & Remodels 133 1,220,882

Garages 17 4 9,565

Commercial Buildings 01 17 0,00

Commercial Alterations/

Additions & Remodels 33 968, 97 5

Industrial Buildings 3 1,0 92,0 00

Industrial Alterations/

Additions & Remodels 07 3, 146,069

Miscellaneous 7 5 38 3, 936

(sheds, swimming pools, fences, etc.)

Municipal 02 300

Replaced Residential Dwellings 37 2, 186,771

Family Apartments 03 32, 000

Renewals & Conversions 6 2 90, 000

TOTALS : 342 12 , 972 , 998

Commercial & Industrial Occupancy Permits Issued 08

Notice of Violations 07

Respectfully submitted
Paul J. Garand
Building Inspector

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OFFICE OF CODE ENFORCEMENT
HEALTH OFFICER'S REPORT 2003



2003 has been a busy year. Well Head Protection inspections of
all industrial and commercial businesses west of 95, restaurant
inspections and tattoo establishment inspections have kept the office
busy.

West Nile continues to be a threat to the area. We still urge
you to help in reducing this problem by cleaning up debris and
emptying all containers that accumulate stagnant water on your
property. Rabies continues to be a concern. I would, again this
year, remind all pet owners to keep their animals' shots up-to-date.

The Town of Seabrook recycling center accepts old paint and used
motor oil. Disposing of these and all household chemicals properly
will help to protect our water resources.

[BUSINESSES INSPECTED AND LICENSED]

Restaurants & Take-Out Stands 4

Stores & Markets 2 3

Motels & Inns 04

Beauty Parlors 05

Mobile Food Vendors 05

Food Processor 01

Tattoo Parlors 6

Tattoo Artist 18



[COMPLAINTS - IVESTIGATIONS - INSPECTIONS]

Sewage Related Complaints 9

Complaints of Unsanitary & Unsafe Living Conditions 08

Trash Related Complaints 10

Miscellaneous Health Related Complaints 20

Day Care 03



Respectfully submitted
Paul J. Garand
Health Officer



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Budget Coinmittee Annual Report

Another year has come and gone. In October, the budget
committee started its weekly budget sessions. All town department
budgets, the Seabrook library budget, the Seabrook school budget and
warrant articles are considered for the upcoming year's ballot. It
is the task of the budgez committee to make sure all budgets that are
brought forward are factual and affordable proposals to the citizens
of Seabrook. The committee consists of nine members. Six are
elected by the voters of Seabrook and three are appointed. There is
a representative from the Board of Selectmen, the school board, and
the beach precinct. A new addition this year was the opportunity to
have the budget committee meetings shown live on SCTV 22 for the
voters of Seabrook.



P.espectfully Submitted,
Paula Wood, Chairman
Robert Marcello, Vice-Chairman
Oliver Carter, Selectmen's Representative
Karen Knight, Selectmen's Representative
Michele Knight, School Representative
Richard Maguire, Beach Representative
Jo-Anne Page, Secretary



Linwood Norton
Jason Janvrin
Richard Cooper
Dr. Peter Fowler



Street Light Coinmittee



The street light committee has been inactive the last couple of
years due to the fact we have received no requests for any lights.

We have noticed lights have been installed on some of the
streets in the newly developed areas. None of the installations have
ever come before this committee for approval.

Because there have been no requests of late, we feel the
residents of the town are satisfied with the present lighting system.

Respectfully Submitted,

Marion Kinlock

E. Albert Weare

Street Light Committee



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Seabrook Housing Authority

2003 was another fruitful year for the Seabrook Housing
Authority and the 91 Seabrook senior citizens who live at Seabreeze
Village and Ocean Mist.

Thanks to the generosity of Seabrook' s taxpayers, the authority
is able to offer apartments based on an affordable percentage of


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