|Watercolor by Diane Kidd|
Welcome to Hancock
Welcome to Hancock, New Hampshire, incorporated November 5, 1779! Hancock is a quaint and historic community nestled in the Monadnock Region and named for one of its original proprietors and first signer of the Declaration of Independence, John Hancock. W.W. Hayward has been quoted in an 1879 address as saying: “No pleasanter homes can be found anywhere than here; no truer hearts, no better men and women. They make good citizens and good members of society.” The same rings true today, as the community continues its commitment to historic preservation, land protection and education.
So, it is a privilege to introduce you to our Town’s much improved website. On behalf of the Town Department heads, their wonderful staff, the Webmaster, friends and neighbors, we welcome you to our vibrant community through this revamped website. Please use this valuable new technology to stay engaged, well-informed and connected to your community. It is you and your consistent loyal participation that make Hancock the great hometown that it is!
OFFICIAL TOWN OF HANCOCK NEWS
Hancock 2016 Update of Values
This year assessors from the firm of Commerford Nieder Perkins, LLC (CNP) will begin an Update of Values of the properties for the Town of Hancock. The town is required to conduct an update of values every 5 years. The last update was 2011. A public informantion meeting with CNP will be held on Thursday August 4th at 6:00pm at the Town Office Building, 50 Main St. in the B.E.Caverly Meeting Room. Click here for a link to: Frequently Asked Questions.
The assessors will adhere to the following guidelines during the Update process:
Sale Property Review. Over the next few weeks any property in the Town of Hancock that has sold over the past two years will be visited by CNP.
If a property owner is home, the assessors will ask the homeowner to allow them to perform an interior inspection of the buildings. The assessors will be wearing identification badges. They will be looking for information such as the following: quality of construction, year built, functional utility, condition, number of bedrooms, number of bathrooms, type of floors, type of interior walls, and type of heat.
Homeowner’s input is welcome. The assessor will ask to verify the information regarding the sale of the property, such as, sale date, sale price and any special circumstances surrounding the sale. If the homeowner has information about the property that may not be apparent to the assessor, such as seasonally wet basements, cracks in foundations, and leaking roofs, they are encouraged to bring that type of information to the assessor's attention. After the interior inspection is complete, the assessor will measure all buildings on the property.
In most cases, the total time for the interior inspection should not exceed 10 minutes. No property will be entered unless there is someone at least 18 years of age at home at the time of the visit. It is very important that the assessors be allowed inside to help ensure an accurate assessment. If the homeowner is not home, the assessor will leave a notice stating that they visited the property and measured the buildings.
Completing the Process. When all field work is complete, the project supervisor will set values based on recent sales of properties in town. Property owners will be notified by letter of their new value(s), and lists of all values will be posted around town. After values have been set property owners are encouraged to schedule an appointment with the assessors to discuss their values. The dates, times and places of these appointments will be included in the notification letter.
When the informal review process is complete, values will be finalized and given to the town. Subsequent tax bills will be based on these new values and a new tax rate, which will be set by the State of NH once the Update is complete. When the final tax bill is received by a property owner, and the property owner disagrees with their new value, they may appeal, by an abatement request, to the selectmen, on or before March 1st of the following year.
If you have any questions during the Update process please feel free to contact the staff at Commerford Nieder Perkins, 603-410-6444 and they will be happy to answer your questions.
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Home page photos: Karen Dudra, Lauren Carney, Ruth Wilder, Alyssa McCartney,
Sean Kerwin, Byron Niederhelman, Karen Nigh, N. Sherman
Black and white photos: Town of Hancock Photo Collection