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State Rep. A. Richard "Dick" Marple, R-Hooksett. (Courtesy)

Hooksett state rep owes more than $18k in back taxes

HOOKSETT — After failing to pay two years worth of taxes, the fate of a state representative’s home is in question.

Richard “Dick” Marple’s 11 Dartmouth St. home was tax deeded by the town in June. This means the town now owns the property in lieu of the unpaid taxes.

Marple owes Hooksett more than $18,000, a figure that stems from the unpaid taxes in 2013 until 2015. The number doesn’t include 2016’s taxes from July and December.

Marple is serving his fourth term as the Republican state representative from Hooksett, and is up for reelection come Nov. 8. He is a member of the State-Federal Relations and Veterans Affairs committee.

Town officials must now decide what they want to do with the property.

If the town decides to sell within the next three years, Marple must be given 90 days notice, according to state law. In turn, he will have 30 days to respond if he chooses to repurchase the property and will be required to pay not only the back taxes, but any interests, costs and penalties as well.

However, after three years the town won’t have to give any notice that it’s selling the property.

Marple, who is still believed to be living in the home, can be evicted from the property if he doesn’t repurchase it, according to Town Administrator Dean Shankle. This could be done either by the town or whoever purchases the property in the future, he said.

The Town Council will vote on which route to take.

“We’re still waiting to hear back from our attorney,” Shankle said.

The assessed value of the home and land is $180,800, according to the town’s online database.

Marple was also arrested by Hooksett police in May on an electronic bench warrant out of Concord District Court. He was charged with two class B misdemeanors for driving with an invalid license.

The charges stem from a motor vehicle stop on the Suncook Valley Highway in Epsom in Dec. 2014. His license was suspended at the time after he failed to pay a court fine in Sept. 2013, according to police.

Marple’s case was scheduled for trial on Oct. 3, but a new electronic bench warrant was issued after he failed to appear.

Marple did not immediately return a request for comment.

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