Select Board News

11/1/2021

The Nelson Select Board recently established a Community Power Committee to study the advantages/disadvantages of establishing a program by which Nelson residents could elect to join in purchasing their power as a group, instead of individually.  The electric lines and delivery would continue to be provided and serviced by Eversource, but decisions about where that energy would be purchased from would reside with the community.

The incentives for studying this include the ability to purchase our energy at a cheaper rate due to bulk purchasing, exploring sources that use more renewable energy, and the possibility of establishing a reserve fund for future projects and investments. Patsy Beffa-Negrini will be chairing this committee and is looking for members to join her.  Please feel free to contact her, at 603-827-3337, or your Select Board members if you are interested in joining the committee.

Other communities in our area already have or are in the process of establishing committees to investigate these potential opportunities. Harrisville and Keene have already been through the process and approved a purchasing program. We anticipate a proposal might appear on the 2023 Town Warrant.

On a happy note, we were able to lower the tax rate for the coming year from $18.67 to $15.21. We were able to do this by taking $200,000 from our available reserve fund balance to offset the loss of revenue. Our reserve fund balance remains healthy due to the good management of our budgeting process in the past. This will hopefully alleviate some of the anxiety we have been hearing about the recent assessments. Property re-evaluations occur every five years. Please keep in mind that these only reflect the increased demand for property in our area and the rise in property values. Remember, in the long run your properties are worth more!

We will soon begin our budget process for the 2022 fiscal year. We will be providing opportunities for the public to be involved in our deliberations to better understand the process. We have already begun to look at each department in town and think about how it is managed and how its budget aligns with its responsibilities.

Respectfully,

Brenna Kucinski, Maury Collins, William Dunn