The property tax year in New Hampshire runs from April 1st thru March 31st. Assessment of your property is made according to the value on April 1st of each year and appears on your tax bill.
In 1999 New Hampshire adopted a statewide property tax for education, which is collected at the local level. The property tax rate consists of four components: school, town, county and the statewide property tax. The Town of Sunapee sends out property tax bills twice a year. This first bill is calculated at half of the previous years’ total bill and is due around the first of July. The second billing is figured at the current year’s tax rate minus the July payment. The tax rate is set sometime in early fall, and the final bill is due around the first of December.
Bills are sent to the address of the last known owner by State law. The Assessor's Office updates its records according to transfers received from the Sullivan County Registry of Deeds after they have been recorded. Your attorney or title company who handled the closing should have checked the status of taxes due. However, it is YOUR responsibility as the new owner to make sure taxes are paid and to advise us of your mailing address in writing. If you have any questions concerning this, refer to your closing statement or call us. Interest at 8% per annum is charged on tax bills NOT PAID by the due date.
Exemptions are available for qualifying veterans and their widows, as well as the elderly and the blind. For specific information on exemptions, you may contact the Selectmen’s Office at 763-2212 or by email.