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Posted December 21. 2012 2:49PM

Republicans targeting $1.5M cut to Belknap County budget with 9% tax hike looming

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LACONIA — Bridling at the prospect of a 9 percent jump in the county property tax, Rep. Colette Worsman (R-Meredith), who chairs the Belknap County Convention, invited its 13 Republican members to caucus this week at the Laconia Public Library, where sources familiar with the discussion told The Daily Sun there was talk of reducing the 2013 budget proposed by the county commission by $1.5-million by trimming the total amount committed to wages and benefits by 20-percent.