Notice to all Walpole Property Owners

The Town of Walpole NH has contracted with Avitar Associates of New England to conduct a revaluation that includes the measuring and listing of all properties in the Town.

 

Starting on Monday, November 14th, Avitar Associates’ assessing representatives will be visiting every home in Walpole with the goal of attempting to inspect upon arrival.

If no one is home, Avitar assessors will simply measure the exterior of all structures. After the initial visit, taxpayers will receive a letter with Avitar Associates’ contact information for arranging interior home inspections.

If you have any questions regarding the town-wide property revaluation project, please visit or contact the Selectboard Office at 756-3672 for more information.

15 thoughts on “Notice to all Walpole Property Owners

  1. France Menk 11/11/2016 at 10:29 AM Reply

    Please check your database as this did not go to all property owners. france menk photography845 750 5261france-menk.comfrancemenkphotoworkshops.comsbasa.netlinkedinasmpfounding membergunks climbers’ coalitiongunksclimbers.org We are ‘green.’ This email sent with recycled electrons 

    • Lil 11/11/2016 at 12:58 PM Reply

      It will only go to the email inbox of those who are registered. THe Walpolean database does not include all property owners. The post is a copy of a poster that will be posted publicly. In addition that, I was asked to post it in the Walpolean. Would be nice if al property owners read The Walpolean but that might be shooting a little high! 🙂

  2. Gloria Beck 11/12/2016 at 11:04 AM Reply

    What is the legal statute that gives anyone the right to enter my home at their pleasure for any reason?

    • Lil 11/12/2016 at 11:12 AM Reply

      Not a legal scholar. Best to check with the Selectboard.

    • M Oracle 11/13/2016 at 8:59 AM Reply

      A NH state law (RSA) is being used to intimidate homeowners into allowing interior inspections of their homes by tax assessors, even though the right to refuse a warrantless search without penalty is guaranteed by the Fourth Amendment. see http://www.hb-rights.org/1local/inspect

  3. Pam Bernard 11/12/2016 at 10:22 PM Reply

    Without knowing more, this sounds very strange and frankly troubling. The tone, the timing, all of it.

    • Sarah Downing 11/14/2016 at 10:37 AM Reply

      Hi Pam: Every 5 years, municipalities are required by RSA to conduct a property evaluation. Some property owners will see their evaluations increase, others will remain relatively unchanged and some will decrease. If you have questions, please call the Selectboard Office at 756-3672.

  4. M Oracle 11/13/2016 at 8:36 AM Reply

    http://www.hb-rights.org/1local/inspect THis has been attempted in other places and has been legally challenged. Do not be hornswoggled. Don’t answer the door, ignore the letters, don’t be intimidated. Be your own advocate and maintain the right to privacy. Its the law.

  5. Linda Edkins 11/14/2016 at 11:14 AM Reply

    Every 5 years the Town is required, by RSA, to do a propertyr evaluation. This is how your real estate tax is calculated. You do not have to allow them to enter your home. If you have questions, please, please, contact the Selectboard office at 756-3672

  6. M Oracle 11/16/2016 at 6:55 AM Reply

    Strangely, only some of the tax cards are ‘marked for inspection’. The selection of these properties do not seem relevant to potential changes (such as might be expected on a build in progress) or the fact that they were entered for inspection at the prior re-eval. Does not seem equitable if the interior inspection is not applied to ALL properties. That in itself ishould be a basis for abatement application

    • Linda Edkins 11/16/2016 at 2:37 PM Reply

      Where are you getting your information? Some properties are inspected every year and some inspections are done if there is an abatement request. A Town wide reassessment is done every 5 years.

      • M Oracle 11/17/2016 at 7:39 PM

        From observing many tax cards in the drawers at town hall. Townsfolk deserve an equitable execution of the re-eval duties. The selectboard may not have the answers that some here seek. This issue is troubling for some, and nobody should feel obliged or pressured in any way to let these strangers into their homes.

  7. Gloria Beck 11/18/2016 at 11:10 AM Reply

    My concern is letting anyone in my home to wander through the whole house with me following. No one will roam freely. Paranoia perhaps. I have read that refusal to let some stranger in will result in your home being assessed at the highest value. Really!
    I realize that taxes are a necessity, but there has to be a better way than forcing taxpayers to allow entry into our homes.

    • M Oracle 11/18/2016 at 5:35 PM Reply

      Scare tactics. Don’t think for a minute that letting the assessors into your house is going to give you a more favorable assessment. Forget paranoia; our privacy is precious and it is a transgression to invade the abode.

  8. bill03608moses 11/28/2016 at 7:52 PM Reply

    Obviously you do not remember or are not old enough to remember the days when local town assessors inspected your houses – friends got good ratings, others found their assessments rising. A few years back our assessment went up due to “inside renovations”. The inspector came to the house and found that we had NOT made any renovations. That was the difference between a drive by assessment and allowing an inspector entrance to our home.

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