A recent article in The Sentinel (“A taxing balance,” Dec. 2) noted Keene has more property that’s off the tax rolls than most other New Hampshire cities. That’s not necessarily a bad thing.

When my wife and I were looking for a place to live after our retirement from paid work, we chose Keene. In large part this was because Keene had a:

College or university;

Hospital with a good reputation;

Church that seemed compatible with our beliefs;

Good public library;

Reputation for valuing public K-12 education; and

Senior center with lively programs.

All of these would put land off the property-tax rolls, yet they are crucial for what makes Keene a great place to live. I have never regretted moving here.

Yes, Keene property taxes are high. But the place where we previously lived had a property tax, a state income tax, a county sales tax and a city sales tax. The government in that city was bogged down in corruption, and didn’t deliver high-quality services.

It turns out our total net tax bill stayed about the same when we moved to Keene, but now we felt we were getting something valuable for our money.



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