Lisbon is a town in Grafton County, New Hampshire. The population was 1,595, at the time of the 2010 census. The Town hosts an annual “Lilac Festival” on Memorial Day weekend. The primary settlement in town is located along U.S. Route 302 and the Ammonoosuc River in the southwestern corner of the town.
UPDATE – January 29th, 2016 – BOIL ORDER LIFTED
NH DES has lifted the Boil Order for the Town of Lisbon Water supply as of today, January 29, 2016.
The Town will be disinfecting the water supply with 4 – log disinfection and will continue to test samples on a daily basis during this process to ensure a safe water supply.
Thank you for your patience and understanding during this event.
Board of Selectmen Regular Meeting – Monday, Feb. 8th, 2016 at 5:00 pm at Train Station
PUBLIC HEARING ON TOWN BUDGET – Monday February 8th at 7:00 pm at the Lisbon School Library
Proposed FY 2016 Town Budget Documents:
A Note on the Town Budget
The Annual Town Budget is one of four parts of the overall Tax Commitment that creates the Town’s Tax Rate. In addition to the Town Budget, there is the School Budget, the State’s School Budget Formula and the County Budget. The Town and School Budgets also include revenues that reduce the overall Tax Commitment. Once the difference between the Expenditures and Revenues are deducted, the State School and County allocations – of which the Town has no control over – are added, and any abatements and overlays are also included. This amount then becomes the total Lisbon Tax Commitment that the Department of Revenue Administration (DRA) uses in setting the Town Tax Rate. The Tax Rate is set each year in October or November, for the current year’s budget. In other words, the 2016 Tax Rate is not set until October or November of 2016. All Tax Rates in NH are set by DRA.
As currently proposed, the Town’s Tax Commitment is further reduced by using a portion of the Fund Balance, or “Surplus”. This is called “buying down” the Tax Rate. It is important to note that the Fund Balance (“Surplus) is not an account with money in it. It is the difference of the Town’s assets and liabilities as accounted for in the Town Audit. This year, the Fund Balance was projected to be $107,900. Due to year end accounting ending after the Tax Rate is set (December of 2015), there is a lag in revenues when the Town closes out Capital Reserve Accounts and Creates new ones. This occurred in 2015. Due to this lag, the Town’s projected Fund Balance will be over $350,000 for 2016. Of that amount, the Town Budget proposes using $113,000 to “buy down” the Tax Rate. (In 2015 the Town used $150,000 to “buy down” the Tax Rate.) This would leave the Town with a projected Fund Balance (“Surplus”) of approx. $237,000, just above the 5% minimum threshold that DRA recommends for municipalities to maintain.
The Town Tax Rate is determined by a simple formula:
Total Tax Commitment divided by Total Town Valuation (the assessed value of all properties in Town) multiplied by 1,000
For the Town portion alone this year, if the Town Budget is approved as presented, the formula will look like this:
$1,145,756/$106,831,648 x 1,000 = $10.72
When added to the other portions (School, State School and County), the Total Town Tax Rate for Lisbon would remain at $28.68, the same as last year.
RESIDENTIAL BURN PERMITS NOW AVAILABLE ON-LINE
The Lisbon Fire Department has changed the way we issue fire permits. The residents in town are now able to get a fire permit online through the state. There will be a $3 processing fee. We are hoping this will make it much more convenient for the townspeople. To access this, please go to www.nhfirepermit.com.
For more information, please visit the Lisbon Fire Dept. Web page at http://lisbonfirenh.weebly.com/fireblog/changes-to-the-lfd.
Property maps online.
This program allows you to look at property cards, maps and print them.
Lisbon DPW Laborer – Accepting applications until position filled.
Please see job posting below and submit application materials to:
Kevin Clement, DPW Director
420 Bath Rd.
Lisbon, NH 03585
TOWN TAX RATE SET:
The Town’s 2015 tax rate has been set. The overall rate will fall to $28.68, down $1.76 from last year’s rate. The Town portion has fallen over 10% from $11.94 to $10.72, a decline of $1.22.
As a reminder, the tax rate reflected is the 2015 FY tax rate, not the 2016 rate (Tax rates are set in November of the the fiscal year that they are for), so the tax rate is reflecting the budget that was approved by the voters at this year’s Town Meting in March. The current budget process will be proposing the FY 2016 Town Budget, which will be voted on at March 2016 Town Meeting, and the tax rate for that budget will be set in November of 2016.
Tax bills have been mailed out and are due December 16th, 2015.
For questions relating to your tax bill, please contact Jennifer Trelfa, Town Clerk, at (603) 838-2862.
Town Hall Hours
Selectmen Office: Mon – Fri 9:00 am to 12 and 1:00 pm to 4:30 pm
Town Clerk/Tax Collector Office: Mon — Fri 9:00 am to 12 and 1:00pm to 4:00 pm. First Saturday of month 9:00 to 11:00
About Lisbon, NH
Governor Benning Wentworth granted a charter in 1763 under the name of Concord, opening the township which became Lisbon. No settlement was made under that charter, and in 1768 another was made under the name of Gunthwaite. At town meeting in 1824 is was voted to name the town Lisbon after Lisbon, Portugal. Read more!
46 School Street
Lisbon, NH 03585