Tax records reveal police chief running for selectman owes NH town more than $60K
WINCHESTER — Recent tax records reveal that a Nelson police chief who is running for a three-year term as a Winchester selectman owes more than $60,000 in property taxes, liens, and interest.
According to the Sentinel Source, records show that as of Wednesday, Richard Pratt Jr., who is Nelson’s police chief and also serves as a part-time police officer in Winchester, owed the town $67,839.52. This includes unpaid property taxes from 2016, 10 liens placed on four of his properties and interest that has accrued on his unpaid dues.
Pratt paid $5,000 to the town Friday, according to the office. Online records have not yet been updated to reflect this, however.
Pratt has said he’s fallen behind on his taxes because until recently, he’d been paying off his parents’ mortgage.
Pratt said he finished paying off the mortgage, which cost him about $60,000 a few years ago, and now his focus is to pay back the town what he owes it in taxes.
If New Hampshire residents don’t pay their property taxes in the year that they’re due, all towns and municipalities in the state can place liens on the properties in the spring of the following year if those taxes are still unpaid, according to the Winchester tax office. If liens go unpaid for three years, towns and municipalities reserve the right to re-deed the properties on which they’re placed.