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Town Manager Update - November 8, 2013

I would like to start by recognizing one of our very own, Julie Huntley.  Julie works in our Assessing office as the Assessing Administrator.  Julie was recently awarded the Lawton B. Chandler Award from the New Hampshire Association of Assessing Officials.  In 1948 Lawton Chandler was appointed New Hampshire’s Tax Commissioner and served with the Tax Commission until he retired in 1972.  In 1971, the Association established their first Lawton B. Chandler Award. This award is presented to an individual who shows outstanding service by contributing through involvement, and encouraging others to follow in Lawton B. Chandler’s footsteps.  I would like to congratulate Julie on this achievement, we are lucky to have such a dedicated, talented person working for the Town.

We have set a tax rate.  The Town rate will be $6.14, up from $6.02.  That represents a 2% increase.  The total rate is $21.32, up from $20.30.  That will add about $200 to the average Enfield property owner’s bill.  Tax bills are in the mail and are due December 12th.  Setting the tax rate is a complicated undertaking and in a future update I will go into detail about how this one was set.  

The Budget Committee met this past Wednesday and they received the initial general fund budget.  You may find a link to that document on the Town website at

The next four budget committee meetings will be spent reviewing the document in detail with the Town departments.  Each Budget Committee member is assigned a Town departmental budget to review with that department head.  This helps at the meeting to have had another set of eyes reviewing the numbers and gaining a deeper understanding of how the department operates.  I know for some communities the relationship between the budget committee and the Town departments can be adversarial, however in Enfield, we have a developed a good relationship, built on trust and communication.  Our (meaning the Town staff) roles during the budget process is to provide as much useful data and information as possible so that our decision makers (meaning the Budget Committee, Selectboard and Town Meeting) can make an objective data driven decision.  Preparing the budget is one of the most important tasks we have and I am proud of our budget process and equally proud of the budgets we produce.

You may notice that a few of the male employees of our organization are sporting more facial hair than normal.  November is prostate and testicular cancer awareness month.  Men around the world subject our loved ones to the prospect of extra facial hair as a way to raise awareness and encourage testing.  Movember is the term you may hear regarding this event.  Our Police Department is engaging in Movember again this year.  Anyone interested in learning more about this cause may contact Chief Crate at  I am also attempting to grow a moustache, please be kind if you see me this month.

Finally, I would like to say thank you.  November 1st marked my eight year anniversary working for the Town of Enfield.  I was asked recently by a colleague if there was any other place I would want to work.  I did not hesitate with my response, no.  From day one, I have felt welcomed not only at the workplace but also in the community.  This is truly a special place and I, along with my family, feel blessed to be able to call Enfield our home.

Have a great week. Thanks   

Steven Schneider

Town of Enfield, NH
23 Main Street, Enfield, NH 03748