N.H. Campground/Campers Stave Off Tax Bite
From the August issue of Northeast InSites comes this report from Gregg Pitman, executive director of the New Hampshire Campground Owners’ Association, about an effective lobbying effort.
With a very tight state budget, some communities are beginning to look again to the campgrounds as a source of revenue from seasonal campers. At Sandy Beach Camping Resort in Hopkinton, N.H., the campers and campground staff with support from the association, came together with town officials to complain about a new tax on seasonal campers that was implemented this spring. After several hearings, town officials have canceled the tax bills for a year and formed a committee of campers and local business owners to review the situation and find a fair and equitable solution.
The campers explained the financial impact they all have on the local economy each summer by supporting local businesses and the impact of the tax would have on their spending locally. The lesson here is that you do have a voice if you are willing to stand up and share your opinions.