Town Accountant

Raymah Simpson - TownClerk/ Tax Collector

  Christina Howe - Deputy Town Clerk/Tax Collector,
Address 230 Lake Street Bristol, NH 03222
Telephone 603-744-3354
Fax 603-744-2521

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday: 8:00am - 4:00pm

Thursday: 8:00am - 7:00pm

The Town Clerk’s Office provides general information, direction and assistance to all citizens and others having business with the Town.

The Town Clerk’s Office maintains and preserves numerous Town records and materials.


  • Issues motor vehicle registrations.
  • Issues licenses and permits including: marriage licenses, dog licenses, beach permits, and transfer station permits.
  • Records and provides certified copies of birth, death, and marriage records.
  • Records and certifies town meeting legislation and appropriations.
  • Records federal tax liens.
  • Administers the oath of office to all elected and appointed officials.
  • Provides access to public records.
  • Conducts with the Secretary of State election activities, including voter registration and absentee voting.
  • Responds to inquiries from general public.
  • Provides Notary Public and Justice of the Peace services.


Property Tax - Understanding the Math, Dispelling the Myths

Dog Licenses
Marriage Licenses
NH Division of Motor Vehicles / Vital Statistics
Online Registration
Voter Registration

Town Meeting Minutes: 2004 / 2005 / 2006 / 2007 / 2008 / 2008 CONT. / 2009 /
Special Town June 2009 / 2010 / 2011 Special Town Meeting / 2011 / 2012


To help you familiarize you with the Town of Bristol’s Tax Office, the following is general information that you may wish to know:

What is the tax year?
Throughout the State of New Hampshire, the tax year runs from April 1st to March 31st. Assessment of your property value is made as of April 1st of each tax year and appears on your tax bill.

How often and when will I be billed?
There are two tax bills each year. The first bill of the year is an estimate, based on one-half of the previous year’s tax. This tax bill is mailed out near the end of May, is usually due July 1st every year. The tax rate is set in the fall of the year, after which the bill is printed. This bill is calculated using the new rate multiplied by you property’s assessed value as of April 1st. This bill is usually mailed at the end of October and due by December 1st.

What if I didn’t get a tax bill?
Bills are sent to the address of the last known owner by state law. The Tax Assessor’s Office updates its records according to transfer information received from the Grafton County Registry of Deeds after the deeds are recorded. Your attorney or closing company should have checked the status of taxes due. However, it is your responsibility as a new owner to make sure taxes are paid and to advise us of your current mailing address in writing. If you have any questions about this, refer to your closing statement and/or give us a call. Interest at 12% per annum is charged on tax bills not paid by the due date.

Do we have your correct mailing address?

All bills will be mailed to the last known address as shown on our records. If any correspondence has been forwarded to you by the post office, keep in mind they will only forward mail for one year. It is your responsibility to notify the Tax Assessor’s office if you change your address.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call.
- Raymah W. Simpson, Tax Collector


Bristol’s own Town Clerk/ Tax Collector, Raymah Simpson, was sworn in as President of the NH Tax Collector’s Association at the Association’s annual conference  in North Conway on September 18, 2014.  This is a great opportunity and responsibility, as Raymah will preside over all meetings of the Association and the Executive Committee.  The Association offers opportunities for education, training and networking for all Tax Collectors as well New Tax Collectors workshops in the spring. It is a group of dedicated public servants that share their knowledge to help everyone in their profession.  The Town is fortunate to have Raymah representing Bristol.  She has been the Town Clerk/Tax Collector for 9 years, but has worked for the Town for 19+ years.  We congratulate her on her newest endeavor.