Out of curiosity...where are you from?
The property taxes are high compared to other states, but you neglect to factor in that we do not have a sales or income tax. I own a substantial amount of property and my taxes are a pittance compared to the amount of taxes I'd be paying if we had income and sales taxes in NH.
I am quite aware of the tax situation in NH. However, I sure as h*ll support having my property tax reduced by another 65 to 75%, and a lot of folks around here agree with me. I would rather have people coming to NH that OPPOSE taxes rather than ones who want to raise them all the time, like the true invaders from Mass, Connecticut, New York, ad infinitum. I have NEVER met a tax I liked. How about you?
As for the FSP, my town of Grafton is targeted by the FSP pioneers, known as the 'Porcupines', who intend to move in 200+ people to take over the local governent. Our current local government is the least intrusive government I've ever encountered, and I can honestly say that in all my years here no one connected with the town government has ever caused me a moment of grief.
I know all about that meeting...it was a joke. A lot of this crap was stirred up by plants and rumor-mongers. You will NEVER see 200, much less 20, Free Staters move to Grafton. I was talking to a woman in Grafton recently who believed "Free Staters" intended to build a condo complex there. ROTFLMAO! No one connected with town government has ever caused you a moment of grief? Praise G-d. Free Staters want to KEEP it that way. Unlike liberals (spit), these folks want to RE-INFORCE the values that NH has held dear for over 200 years.
The FSP got their asses kicked at a town meeting here a month ago and know they are not welcome in the least. If they fit the mold of most of the self centered shits I know who wear the Libertarian label, I'm sure they'll press on in their attempt to take over Grafton. I say bring it on girly men. This is rough country and most newcomers don't last long. 2-3 weeks of non-stop < -20F every year tends to weed out the weaklings.
Are you getting Libertarians mixed up with liberals? I am about twenty miles from you, and if ANYONE around here are self-absorbed, self-centered "sh*ts", it is liberal Democrats, Progressives, and Greens. I'd like to round those b*stards up and ship them all back to southern New England. Strike that...ship them back to France where they belong. I went to that festival up in Lancaster out of curiosity. Girly men? Hardly. I saw a sh*tload of sidearms present, displayed openly...357 revolvers, glocks, you name it. Liberals want to BAN guns, THESE libertarians are packing firepower, and plenty of it. I want these guys in MY foxhole if and when the time comes. As for twenty below? Yawn. I've been cross-country skiing in the Adirondacks at 52 below, and I am NOT talking wind chill. On the other hand, I have seen all those so-called "bad-asses" from Texas declining to participate in the FSP because they don't like the snow and cold. I sure am glad George Washington and my Green Mountain Boys ancestors weren't the 'girly-men' that Texans seem to be. If nothing else, twenty below weeds out the TEXANS! :-)
VA, FL, CA, AZ, ME, and MD. How does your question relate to the discussion?
Tax issues...have to deal with reality. If the property tax is lowered without a decrease in spending then new sources of revenue would have to be raised elsewhere, most likely in the form of an income tax and or sales tax. I can live with the property tax alone.
I know all about the meeting
The farce was on the FSP/FTP side. Never saw so much squirming and bullshit in all my life....you'd have thought they were Clintonites as hard as they were spinning and avoiding direct answers to the simplest of questions. If it's true that you know what went on at the meeting then you'd know that the FTP representatives stated that they planned to move in 200+ people. I doubt they'll pull it off but that is their stated objective. As for the condo complex, they (FTP) stated at the meeting that they have purchased a 300 acre parcel and intend to build 6 units. John Babiarz is a principle in this development and he told me that they were building condos. So a) John is lying, b) you don't know what you are talking about, or c) you are an FSP/FTP shill. Either way, 6 units on a 300 acre parcel seems kind of lame to me. More likely it's only a start to see if they can get the fools to buy them.
Are you getting Libertarians mixed up with liberals
No, I am not easily confused. I'm simply stating my own experiences with Libertarians. In dealing with them in various parts of the country over the years I can say I've only met a few that I would consider 'stand-up' kind of guys.
So they own a bunch of guns....I'm impressed.