DerryNews.com, Derry, New Hampshire

February 6, 2014

Derry taxpayer gets small tax interest refund

By Julie Huss
jhuss@derrynews.com

---- — DERRY — After a resident complained to the town that he didn’t receive his tax bill in the mail, the town decided to pay back a portion of interest paid due to late payment.

When Donald Weymouth appeared before Town Council last month, he said he didn’t receive the first preliminary billing statement of his 2013 tax bill since he moved to a new address and the bill wasn’t forwarded.

He wanted the town to refund the $86.24 in interest because he paid his taxes late.

Town councilors decided to refund Weymouth $25 of that amount.

According to tax collector Dawn Enwright, Weymouth had every opportunity to come to the municipal center and pay his bill on time, even if it didn’t come in the mail.

Weymouth ended up paying his bill in September of last year, well past the July 1 due date.

The mail snafu came about after Weymouth said he purchased his North High Street home in April 2013, but town records still had his mailing address as his former residence on Fairway Drive.

When preliminary tax bills were created in May of that year, Weymouth had not changed his address yet so the bill was sent to the old address.

He said he never received a bill and Enwright verified his bill had been returned as “undeliverable” on June 12. Weymouth eventually came to the tax collector’s office to pay the bill in person in September, along with the added interest he owed.

“I like Derry, I moved here and I’m plan to stay here forever,” Weymouth said last month. “But I’m not going to get pushed around by some issues that are unfair to me.”

Enwright said the town has never paid back interest to a resident before.

“Forever, as far as we know, the town has not waived or abated interest,” she said. “The town meets its obligation by mailing the bill.”

Weymouth did eventually change his address, but it was too late to be incorporated into the tax bill file prior to that mailing.

“Taxpayers who haven’t received their bill telephone or visit the tax collector,” Enwright said. “If they do so and pay before taxes are due, perfect. If not, they have paid interest.”

Since this was Weymouth’s first tax bill as an official Derry homeowner, most agreed it was a good faith measure to refund part of the interest he paid.

“We believe the responsibility should be shared,” acting town administrator Larry Budreau said.