Bridgewater is a small community located in the Lakes Region of central New Hampshire. Its residents and property owners value the rural qualities of the town and the region. They like the small town atmosphere. It is safe and friendly, and is a good place to raise a family or to retire. They value the forests, pastoral open spaces, and water bodies as locations for outdoor recreation, and for the scenic beauty they provide.
Bridgewater received its charter on February 12, 1788, when it was part of the town of New Chester. New Chester encompassed a land area from Franklin, NH to Plymouth, NH. New Chester was separated into Bridgewater and Hill, and at a later date, was further divided into Bristol, Danbury, and Wilmot. Early settlers of the area were from Bridgewater, Massachusetts, giving the town its name. Bridgewater was officially incorporated by John Sullivan, who was President of New Hampshire before the title was changed to Governor. The town line follows the eastern shore of Newfound Lake.
NOTICE: All Town Roads will be posted for reduced weight limits beginning MARCH 11,
2015 Fiscal Matters Town finances improved significantly the last three years. We are beginning to plan for the next few years and, if the overall economy remains strong, our goals are: Maintain a level or slightly declining municipal tax rate and invest in some necessary capital upgrades. For further information see the 2015 town meeting segment below.
In the Village District and Refuse District, we anticipate level funding. We hope that other agencies follow and control their spending as well. Each fiscal year offers new challenges and we thank you for your continued support. We all should show our appreciation to our full and part time workforce for assisting in making Bridgewater an nice place to live.
The Board of Selectmen Skip Jenness Terry Murphy Hank Woolner
2015 Town Meeting Information: 2015 Town Meeting Final Results and Minutes For copy of the 2014 Town Report, click on the following: 2014 Town Report:
Tax Rate Set: The 2014 tax rate has been set at $9.55. This is a $0.10 decline from the prior year. This the third year of decline. Our property tax ranking is presently 4th lowest of all incorporated towns. The median property tax for the State is approximately $22.35. This indicates that 50% of the Towns are higher or lower than that median value. Thanks for your continued support.
Wind Tower Update:
EDP, another wind developer, is still in the site evaluation process. For the latest update, click on 3/23/15 WIND
Please continue to support the long and short term goals of the above groups to finally end these projects around this scenic lake.
Notice: Building permits are required. Please contact the building inspector at 744-5055 before starting your projects. If your project/upgrade generates waste, please plan for the expense relative to the fees at the refuse facility. See the following link: HB Reports For an online building permit application, see the following link: Permit Public Notice: If you plan to have a gathering of 50 or more, a permit is required. The purpose of the permit is to plan for parking and other public safety matters prior to the event. See the following link: or contact the town hall for further information.
2013 Summary of Class Reconfiguration Study in SAU4
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