Town Clerk/Tax Collector

 

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DOG TAGS ARE IN! Come and register your dog!

E-REG and Vitals are Working!

NOTE: There has been a delay in getting the Tax and Dog links set up. We hope to be able to have them up and running ASAP. In the meantime, if you wish to pay by credit card (with surcharge) please call our office and we can handle most transactions over the phone. Thanks!

Just Click The Links Above To Get Started!

  • Request renewals online for plate types up to 26,000 pounds!
  • Any or all dog licenses can be renewed online!
  • Citizens can send an informational message.
  • A Certified Copy of any Vital Record can be requested:
  • Birth, Death, Marriage or Divorce
  • Pay Property Taxes
  • We are now a ONE CHECK Town to register vehicles

A debit card is processed as a credit card only if the card has a MasterCard, Visa Discover logo present.

Please Note: There are additional fees to cover the cost of the credit card fees—2.95% with a $1.50 minimum. These fees go directly to our third party processor and are not retained by the town/city. Convenience fees cannot be refunded.

TOWN OF BRADFORD

TOWN CLERK / TAX COLLECTOR                                                                               

Contact Information:

Camila Devlin, Town Clerk / Tax Collector

Email: tc@bradfordnh.org

Melissa Cloutier, Deputy Town Clerk / Tax Collector

Email: deputytc@bradfordnh.org

Phone: (603) 938-2288 ~ Fax: (603) 938-5694

P.O. Box 607, 134 East Main Street, Bradford, NH 03221

NEW HOURS EFFECTIVE JANUARY 2016

Mondays & Tuesdays CLOSED

Wednesdays 12:00pm – 6:00pm

Thursdays 8am – Noon and 1pm – 4pm

Fridays 8am – Noon and 1pm – 4pm

Our Office will be open the 2nd and 4th Saturday of each month unless otherwise stated. See below for Scheduled Saturdays and holidays.

CLOSED Saturday, February 13th for state observed holiday

Open Saturday, February 27, 2016

 

To help familiarize you with the Town of Bradford’s Town Clerk/Tax Collector’s Office, here is some general information you need to know. The Town Clerk’s Office registers automobiles, trucks, RVs, boats, all other watercraft, trailers, motorcycles and ATVs.

The Town Clerk is the keeper of the vital records, such as birth, marriage and death records. We also register dogs.

The Tax Collector’s responsibilities are to collect all monies for property taxes, yield, excavation taxes and land use change taxes.

 

**** IMPORTANT NOTICE TO VOTERS- PRESIDENTIAL PRIMARY ****

Results Here

Voting for the February 9th Primary will be at Bradford Elementary School from 8am to 7pm.

Absentee ballots for the Primary are now available. If you are registered as Undeclared you may choose a party while voting at the Primary. If you are registered as Democrat or Republican this is the ballot you will receive at the Primary unless you change your party affiliation prior to October 30, 2015.

Voter Registration

Voter registration applications may be completed at the Town Clerk’s office during our regular business hours. Proof of Bradford residency is required. Proof of citizenship is required (birth certificate, current passport). Eligible residents are allowed to register and vote the day of the election with proper documentation.

Once completed, the application is forwarded to the Supervisors of the Checklist, who will need to accept the application before you are considered a registered voter.

Voter registration is closed 10 days prior to an election.

In addition, the Supervisors of the Checklist will hold voter a registration session on Tuesday, January 19, 7:00 – 7:30 PM

Important Upcoming Election Dates:

Presidential Primary – Feb 9, 2016, 8AM to 7PM

Town Election- March 8, 2016, 8AM to 7PM

Town Meeting- March 9, 2016 at 7PM

State Primary Election – September 13, 2016, 8AM to 7PM

November General Election – November 8, 2016, 8AM to 7PM

Filing Period for Town Offices: Wednesday, January 20, 2016 through January 29, 2016 at 5PM.

Candidates wishing to have their name placed on the ballot for election at town meeting must file with the Town Clerk. (See a list of open positions here.)

Please Note: The laws for obtaining a ballot with a photo ID have changed. We have posted these changes to the Election Page of this website: http://www.bradfordnh.org/election/

For all Election information please refer to the link below; Secretary of State’s Office: http://sos.nh.gov/Elections.aspx

Ballot Clerk Training for the Presidential Primary election will be held Tuesday, February 2, 2016 at 9:30am. Please contact the office if you are interested in being a ballot clerk.

Public Notice: Tabulator Testing February 1, 2016

 

Hunting, Fishing, ATV & Snowmobile Licenses

https://www.nhfishandgame.com/

Dredge & Fill Applications

Marriage Licenses:

You do not have to be a New Hampshire resident to get married in the state. You can obtain your marriage license at any Town Clerk’s office. The license costs $50.00 (plus $15.00 for the certified copy) and is valid for 90 days. There is no waiting period to receive your license and no blood tests are required.  Both parties must appear in person with a valid photo ID (example: Driver’s license, passport, state issued non-driver ID).  Additionally, if either of you has been married before, proof must be provided of the divorce/annulment or death of the former spouse.  If the former marriage was dissolved by divorce, the State requires that we see the sealed final divorce decree or certified copy of the divorce certificate. If the former spouse is deceased, we will need to see a certified copy of the death certificate.

You and your future spouse will have to complete a worksheet that will be used by the Town Clerk’s office in preparing the marriage license. You will need to know the full names of your parents, including your mother’s maiden name, as well as your parents’ state or country on birth, etc. You also need to know your Social Security number. Please call ahead for an appointment since you will need about 30 minutes for the application process to be completed.

Pole Petitions

Title Applications/Duplicate Titles $27.00 one time charge

AS OF JANUARY 1, 2015 THE DMV HAS A NEW RSA  ABOUT VEHICLE TITLES. PER RSA 261:3 ANY VEHICLE MODEL YEAR 2000 AND NEWER WILL ALWAYS REQUIRE A TITLE.

VEHICLE REGISTRATION / LICENSE PLATES:

 New residents to the state have 60 days to transfer their vehicle registration and obtain a N. H. driver’s license. When registering your vehicle at the town clerk’s office for the first time in New Hampshire, you must provide proof of residency such as a utility bill or rental agreement. When re-registering your vehicle at the town clerk’s office, please be sure to bring your last year’s registration. Please note, on a newly registered vehicle, a state inspection is required within 10 days of registering your vehicle.

BOAT REGISTRATION AND ALL OTHER WATERCRAFT:

Bradford is one of the few towns in New Hampshire that can process a Boat Registration. Any boat being used in New Hampshire for more than 50% of the time. Any Out of State resident using the boat in New Hampshire for more than 30 consecutive days. Any watercraft (rows, jet skis, etc.) that has a motor (including electric motors), any sailboat that is 12ft – 20ft is required to be licensed in the State of New Hampshire. You do not have to be a Bradford resident to register with us.

The 2015 Boat Decals are available!

Boater Education :

  • Everyone over age 16 who drives a boat with 25 horsepower or more must complete the Department of Safety’s Boating Education Course and pass their exam.
  • If you are younger than 16 and want to drive, your passenger must be older than 18 and have completed the Department of Safety’s Boating Education Course.

More information is available at 1-888-254-2121 or www.boat-ed.com .

TAX BILL – FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:

  • · What is the tax year? In the State of New Hampshire, the tax year runs from April 1st through March 31st. Assessments of your property are recorded as of April 1st of each tax year. Any new construction, addition, deck, subdivision, etc. is assessed by the town’s assessor between January and March to be the new value of your property.
  • · What is the tax rate? The anticipated tax rate is established annually and is broken down by Town, School, State School, and County. The rate is then applied to every thousand-dollars worth of assessed value of the property. For example, if lot. The tax rate for 2013/14 is as follows:

 

     Tax Comparison
DIFF
2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015
TOWN 5.63 6.46 7.27 7.38 6.67 6.67 8.52 0.00
LOCAL SCHOOL 9.09 8.91 10.38 10.12 10.47 11.27 12.81 0.80
STATE SCHOOL 2.11 2.37 2.51 2.38 2.41 2.46 2.67 0.05
COUNTY 2.50 2.84 2.74 2.81 2.87 2.87 2.96 0.00
TOTAL 19.33 20.58 22.90 22.69 22.42 23.27 26.96 0.85

Equalization rate:      102%

  • · How often will I be billed?: There are two tax bills per year. The first bill of the year (due in July) is an estimate, based on one half of the previous year’s tax. This tax bill, printed and mailed out near the end of May, is usually due July 1st every year. The tax rate is set in the fall of the year, after which the final bill is printed. The final bill is calculated using the new rate multiplied by your property’s assessed value as of April 1st less any payments made to the first bill. The tax bill is usually sent out late October thru early November, taxes are due in December. If your taxes are paid by your mortgage company, it is your responsibility to forward the tax bill to them.
  • · What if I don’t get a tax bill? Bills are sent, by state law, to the address of the last known owner. The assessor’s office updates its ownership records according to the transfers received from the Merrimack County Registry of Deeds. The deeds are sent to the assessor’s office the month following recording. The address on the deed is the address we use. Your attorney or closing company should have checked the status of taxes due on your property prior to closing. However, it is your responsibility as the new owner to make sure they are paid and to advise us of your mailing address in writing. If you have questions about this, refer to your closing statement and/or give us a call. Interest at 12% per annum is charged on tax bills not paid by the due date.
  • · Do we you have my correct mailing address?If you need to update your mailing address,please contact the tax collector’s office (603-938-2288) or the assessor’s office (603-938-5900) and provide them with your correct address.

2016 Scheduled Holidays

New Year’s Day Friday, January 1, 2016

Martin Luther King Jr. /Civil Rights Day Monday, January 18, 2016

President’s Day Monday, February 15, 2016

Memorial Day Monday, May 30, 2016

Independence Day Monday, July 4, 2016

Labor Day Monday, September 5, 2016

Veterans’ Day Friday, November 11, 2016

Thanksgiving Day Thursday, November 24, 2016

Day after Thanksgiving Friday, November 25, 2016