The COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic is an unprecedented health crisis that has disrupted our local, national and worldwide economy. This disruption is creating significant financial hardships and potentially lasting economic impacts that affect Newmarket residents, businesses and nonprofits. To assist in overcoming the financial and emotional challenges many are experiencing now and in the weeks and months ahead, a number of programs and services are already in place or being implemented by the Town of Newmarket. These measures are being coordinated with federal, state and private efforts, and provide economic support and financial relief to all residents, businesses and nonprofits affected by the COVID-19 crisis and in need of assistance.
Newmarket Together is a comprehensive and continually updated list of programs, services and assistance available to the community during these difficult times.
For questions and concerns about the COVID-19 coronavirus, call the state's hotline at 2-1-1.
HOW DO I FIND HELP FOR:
PROPERTY TAX RELIEF
If you are a property owner with demonstrated financial hardship, you are eligible to apply for reductions on your tax bills. This also includes waivers of past due interest charges accrued during the COVID-19 emergency. For more information, contact the Tax Collectors Office at 659-3617 extension 1305.
Low and Moderate Income Homeowners
Homeowners with income less than $20,000 per year ($40,000 married or head of household) are eligible to apply for a rebate on their taxes. Through this program, the State of New Hampshire's Department of Revenue Administration allows residents of low to moderate income to apply for a reduction to the state portion of the education property tax, which is provided as a property tax rebate. For more information, or to apply, visit https://www.revenue.nh.gov/forms/low-moderate.html. The filing period is May 1 to June 30.
Existing Exemptions and Credits
All homeowners meeting certain criteria are eligible to receive partial exemptions and/or credits on their tax bills. Exemptions and credits are available for the elderly, blind, deaf, disabled and all veterans. For more information, contact the Tax Collector’s Office at 659-3617 extension 1305 or visit https://www.newmarketnh.gov/assessors-office.
The Town of Newmarket will receive state and federal grants being distributed to local communities in conjunction with the federal Coronavirus Relief Act (CARES Act). These funds will provide reimbursement and offset budgeted expenses related to the municipality’s response to the COVID-19 crisis. To the extent allowed by grant requirements, these funds will be utilized to directly offset the burden of local property taxes in current and future budgets for all property owners.
HOUSING AND FOOD ASSISTANCE
All residents in Newmarket at immediate risk of losing housing, including those requiring help with rent and/or mortgage payments, are eligible to apply for public assistance. To find out what assistance is available, contact the Public Welfare Department at 817-9536.
Food & Household Commodities
All residents in Newmarket in need of food or other household essentials and otherwise financially unable to adequately sustain themselves will be eligible to apply for access vouchers and/or local food bank supplies which may include referrals to private charitable organizations. To find out what assistance is available, contact the Public Welfare Department at 817-9536.
Newmarket's public schools provide free meals to all students at the back entrance of the Elementary School. Students in all grade levels, regardless of whether they are qualified for free or reduced meals, can participate. For more information, visit https://www.Newmarket.k12.nh.us/.
The University of New Hampshire Cooperative Extension's Food Access Map shows where in Newmarket free or low-cost food is offered, volunteers are needed and donations are accepted. The map can be found at https://extension.unh.edu/resource/new-hampshire-food-access-map.
The Newmarket Community Church is offering free food to all those who need it through their food pantry. For information please call 659-3892 and leave a message. Someone will respond to you.
Businesses seeking assistance are encouraged to contact the Office of the Town Manager at 659-3617.
Additional information about relief from the effects of COVID-19 on local businesses can be found at the State of New Hampshire's COVID-19 web page at https://www.nh.gov/covid19/, the CDC's COVID-19 page for businesses and employers at https://go.usa.gov/xdeVN, and the state's Department of Business and Economic Affairs page at https://www.nheconomy.com/covid19.
The State of New Hampshire offers a number of services for employees who have been laid off. New Hampshire Employment Security has a list of available services at www.nhes.nh.gov. Individuals will need to file for unemployment each week of temporary unemployment and this can and should be done online, or by calling 603-271-7700.
The Paycheck Protection Program, created as part of the CARES Act relief bill signed into law March 27, ensures that small businesses can continue to pay employees and cover certain costs during the health crisis caused by the COVID-19 coronavirus. The Paycheck Protection Program is a loan designed to provide a direct incentive for small businesses to keep their workers on the payroll. The Small Business Administration will forgive loans if all employees are kept on the payroll for eight weeks and the money is used for payroll, rent, mortgage interest, or utilities. All businesses - including nonprofits, veterans’ organizations, sole proprietorships, self-employed individuals, and independent contractors - with 500 or fewer employees may apply. Loans of up to $10 million can be used to cover payroll, paid sick leave for which you are not receiving a tax credit under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, insurance premiums, rent, utilities, and mortgage interest payments. If you retain your full staff and payroll, and use the loan proceeds on payroll and other eligible expenses, all of your loan will be 100 percent forgiven. A number of local lenders in Newmarket are now available to process loan applications, which became available April 3. For a list of lenders eligible to accept Paycheck Protection Program applications, visit https://www.sba.gov/paycheckprotection/find/?address=03820. The program is open until June 30, 2020.
WATER AND SEWER UTILITIES
Extended Payment Plans
All utility customers with demonstrated financial hardship are eligible to establish payment plans for utility bills to be completed over an extended period. For more information, contact the Environmental Services Department at 659-8810.
Non-Payment Shutoffs Deferred
All utility customers subject to shutoff due to non-payment will have shutoffs deferred during the COVID-19 declared emergency and while complying with an approved extended payment plan. For more information, contact the Environmental Services Department at 659-8810.
All residents with demonstrated financial hardship are eligible to apply for reductions or fee waivers associated with recreation program registrations. For more information, contact Newmarket Recreation at 659-8581
WAIVED FEES, CHARGES AND DELAYED DEADLINES
75 cents of the $1.50 transaction fee for online motor-vehicle registration is waived temporarily. A mailing fee of 50 cents and credit card processing fees still apply.